Safely Cleaning Your Laptop Keyboard

Whether you work from home or at the office, your keyboard is probably a mess. The keys on your laptop attract anything from crumbs and spilt drinks to dust and pet hair on your desk. You know you should clean it, but how should you do it?

Our professionals on HelveticaForever assist millions of clients in getting the most out of their technology and resolving device issues. Here’s how to clean a sticky or dirty laptop keyboard without damaging it, according to their instructions.

What can I use to clean the keys on my laptop?

Before you begin cleaning your keyboard, make sure you have the following supplies in hand:

  • Microfiber towel
  • Paintbrush, soft
  • Swabs of cotton
  • Alcohol isopropyl
  • Pressurized air

All of these materials are good for wiping clean your keys, and a small amount of isopropyl alcohol is safe to use. You can also use disinfection wipes, but be careful not to use wipes or other products that include chlorine, since this will damage the keys’ covering.

It’s easy to clean the grime and particles from your keyboard. Simply follow the steps below.

1. Unplug and turn off your laptop.

You don’t want moisture to sneak into your computer and cause it to short out, and you also don’t want to accidentally send an email while wiping off your keys.

2. Shake your laptop by turning it upside down.

This should clear your keyboard of any large crumbs or dust balls. It’s a good idea to do this over a towel or rubbish can to make cleanup easy.

3. Remove loose material with a soft brush or compressed air.

Wipe the dust from the tops and edges of each key using a gentle paintbrush. To avoid pushing dirt further into any nooks, do this with the keyboard upside down.

You can also use a compressed air can to blow out anything stuck in the keys if you have one. Spray a zigzag pattern on the keyboard, then rotate it and repeat the process until all four sides have been covered. Just be careful not to spray the air directly under the keys, since this could damage them.

How can I clean my laptop keyboard?

Wipe off each key with a microfiber cloth gently dampened with isopropyl alcohol. You can also use a cotton swab soaked in alcohol to clean any hard-to-reach spots. Another option is to use disinfectant wipes that don’t contain bleach; just be sure to ring them out first so moisture doesn’t seep inside your laptop.

How do you clean under a laptop’s keys?

If you want to clean a sticky laptop keyboard, especially after a spill, the best technique is to remove the keys and wipe underneath them. However, not all laptops have this feature, so look up your model online to check if it has replaceable keys. Here’s how to clean it if it does.

1. Take a photo of your keyboard.

You’ll know where the keys go when you’re putting them away this way.

2. Remove the keys.

A toolkit can be purchased from an electronics store, although a tiny, flat instrument like a screwdriver or knife would suffice. If you don’t want to damage the keyboard, pull them off gently.

3. Wipe the keys from underneath.

Use a cotton swab or a cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol. However, only use a small amount of liquid to avoid it dripping into your gadget.

4. Reinstall the keys.

Wait for your keyboard to dry completely before setting and gently pressing each key into place.