How to clean a dirty keyboard
We pass much of our time typing on a keyboard, so it's unavoidable it
often become dirty. Someone, maybe a bit exaggerating (especially if
you are the only user of your keyboard) says that keyboards are
a public toiled. In the following guide we'll describe how to
get your own keyboard to be almost as clean back as when you bought
- a slotted screwdriver
- a digital camera
- a basin
- a compressed air can
- a bottle of hair shampoo (better if at neutral pH)
- a plastic bag
First, take a snapshot of your keyboard with the digital camera. This
will help you to remember the initial keys position once you have to
put the keys back into the keyboard. If you have a printer, a printed
copy of the snapshot could help further.
Then with the help of the screwdriver gently lever on the bottom of
each keys and remove them (do not try this on laptop keyboards). Put
the keys into the plastic bag so you don't miss them. With the help of
the compressed air can, remove also the particles of dust, hairs,
crumbs, whatever..., from the bottom of the empty keyboard. At the end
of the process you should arrive at a situation like in the beside
picture. Alternatively with the help of a multipurpose cleaner or
de-greaser and a cloth, also try to clean what of dirty remained on the
empty keyboard after the air can blow. Just passing a cloth maybe with
alcohol (which might invasive for the keys symbols) over the keys while
they are mounted is not enough.
Remove the metallic clips (and beware at don't miss them) from the keys
having them, and remember the way how the clips should be reassembled.
Then place the removed keys you have temporary placed into the plastic bag,
into the basin. Add a little quantity of cold water and three spoons
of shampoo. Do not add further shampoo, otherwise you'll be overstepped
by foam. Leave the keys in the basin shampoo for a night.
At the next morning you'll find the dirty keys, perfectly cleaned. If
the keys are particularly dirty, you may help to clean further each
key using a nailbrush. Then remove the foam washing the keys with
cold water and paying and attention at not missing the keys into the
sink. Then wait until they keys are dry, and put them back into the
plastic bag (see picture beside).
Now you have to reassemble all the keys into the keyboard. Start from
bigger keys, and pay attention at those keys having a metallic clip,
like for instance the "space" key in the beside picture.
With the help of the initial snapshot, proceed with the reassembling
of the keys one by one (see beside picture). Also pay attention at not
forcing the keys. They do not need much pressure to be placed back. If
a key does not fit, check it's not in the wrong position.
At the end of the process you'll achieve your keyboard fully cleaned