Keyboards – Cleaning and Maintenance
Routine Cleaning and Maintenance
Try to do the following once a month, or at the very least once every three months. This details what may buildup over the course of that time period, and as such, not much is really needed to clean up your board.
First off, disconnect your keyboard from the computer. As you may be using some liquid cleaning alcohol to clean the board, you really don’t want any liquids near components with live power flowing through them. Common sense, really.
Find a nice outdoor-sy place, or somewhere well ventilated like your open garage, and get to work!
Taking the keyboard, turn it over and shake it around to get any loose dust out from under and between the keys.
Next, using your compressed air, blow between the keys to dislodge any particularly grippy dust and particles.
Pour out some cleaning alcohol, get some on your Q-tips or microfiber cloth, and wipe across the tops of your keycaps to get rid of the thin layer of gunk that may have accumulated. DO NOT put alcohol directly onto your keycaps – apply your Q-tips or cloth to the alcohol to get them moist. Alternatively, simply use a cleaning wipe that you may have around.
Nice and slick again when typing now, right? It’s a great feeling!
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