Keyboard, keep it clean

keyboardI know countless numbers of people who will go all out to keep their office clean. They will invest in all manner of contraptions to ensure that their office desk is well-organized. For some reason though; many forget about cleaning one of the most important tools in their office arsenal. This is their keyboard.

Your keyboard is likely to be pushed thousands of times every day. This means that it is quite easily going to become clogged with dirt and grime. If you do not clean it regularly then not only is the keyboard going to look awful but it is going to be a lot harder to use (the buttons will be more difficult to press). On this page I want to talk to you a little bit on tips for cleaning your keyboard in your office.

Dust is probably going to be the most common problem you see on your keyboard. This should be fairly easy to clean off. All you need is a small brush and wipe over the top. This should eradicate most of it. From time to time it is likely that dust will get in-between the keys. The best way in which to deal with this is to grab yourself a small vacuum (there are a number out there which can be plugged in via USB), or you can use a can of compressed air (available for your local electronics store). This should negate the need for the removal of the keys. In fact; it is unlikely that you will ever need to remove the keys on your keyboard unless you are really awful at cleaning it regularly.

Keyboad with germs and bacteria

Your keyboard is going to come into contact with a lot of germs and bacteria. In fact; you would not want to know what is residing on your keyboard right now. It is important that you clean off these germs as regularly as possible. One of my best tips here is to get some high quality rubbing alcohol (available at your local hardware store) and some cotton buds. You will then be able to wipe down each key individually. This is something that you are going to want to do once or twice a month in order to ensure that the keyboard stays looking fantastic.

Sticky Keyboard

If the keys are sticky then you are going to need to remove them and clean up whatever is on the underside. The keys are very prone to becoming sticky if you have spilled something on the keyboard. My suggestion here is to be as careful as you possibly can with the keys. Prise up gently using a blunt item (a small knife works well here). You can then clean under the key. It should then pop neatly back into place when you are done. If you are struggling to get the key back into place (likely if you were not careful) then do look up a guide online for your specific keyboard. All keys fit on keyboards in different ways.

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