Three Tips for Keeping Your Computer Keyboard Clean

Computer keyboards are breeding grounds for germs, so it’s important to keep it clean.

Person on laptop
The cracks, pockets, and spaces on any computer keyboard are perfect places for accumulating dirt and germs.Pexels/Burst

Think of how many times you touch your keyboard a day. What were you doing before you touched that keyboard? Were you using the bathroom? Were you on your phone? Were you shaking hands with someone? Were you eating lunch? Germs come from all over and land right on each letter and digit of your computer keyboard. That’s why it’s important to find a keyboard cleaner that keeps it fresh and bacteria free.

Keyboard Cleaners

AOO Keyboard Cleaner Universal Cleaning Gel
A keyboard cleaning gel flows into tight-to-reach spaces and sticks to dust and dirt so you can lift it free.AOO

When it comes to keyboard cleaners, you have a lot to choose from. One cleaning staple is cloths, particularly ones that are specifically designed for computer and phone cleaning. Gels are another great way to clean your keyboard, as they help lift up things that get stuck in hard-to-reach places. Compressed air is effective and doesn’t put your computer at risk from liquids. Wipes are a modern-day favorite that often come in individual packets for single-use cleaning.

Effectively Clean

SYOSIN Dust Cleaning Mud
Having the right products is only the first step.SYOSIN

You have your keyboard cleaner, but now you need to make sure you’re using it correctly. You may be surprised to hear that there is a proper method for cleaning keyboards. First turn your computer completely off. Then disconnect the keyboard from the rest of your computer (if possible). Gently shake your keyboard to get any crumbs or similar debris out of it. Then blow air to get rid of dust. Finally, wipe with either a damp cloth or moistened wipe and allow the keyboard to dry before you use it again.

Cover Your Keyboard

Falcon Dust, Off Compressed Gas
If you’re not using your computer, cover the keyboard to keep it clean.Falcon

Keep dust and other potential messes out of your keyboard by keeping it covered when not in use. If you have a laptop, simply close the computer when you’re not using it. This will help prevent unnecessary and unwanted dirt from getting into the nooks and crannies.