The best tutorial you will find on the internet to clean your computer key board. Maybe? Possibly?

THREE WARNINGS BEFORE I PROCEED WITH THE TUTORIAL!

  1. If you are squeamish about nasty dirt then stop right here and click this link to see some “Cats In Love” at Russell Deasley’s blog.  He is Welsh and you will get a lesson in Welsh history on the Isle of Wales.  He won’t leave you wanting.  You will also get a bonus of a top 10 listing of some of the worst pick up lines I’ve ever heard or read.  You also get to see some cute cats.
  2. If you have 10 minutes to work on cleaning your keyboard then See #1 Warning Above.  This will take almost three hours to do.  That includes the one hour of letting the keys dry before you put them back on the keyboard.
  3. This post is photo heavy.  Even more photos than I usually post.  If you have a slow internet connection then let this post load while you See #1 Warning Above.  When this tutorial is finished loading you can come back to it.
  4. Okay, there are 4 WARNINGS instead of 3.  TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR KEYBOARD BEFORE YOU POP THE KEYS OFF!

Seriously, folks.  It is necessary for you to take reference photos before you begin.  It would benefit you greatly if you actually get the flaming photos in focus.  But as long as you have good reference shots.

Far right

Far right

Right of center

Right of center

Center

Center

Left side

Left side

UNPLUG YOUR KEYBOARD FROM THE COMPUTER.  Please make sure you do this before you get involved with the key popping.

Unplug your keyboard

Unplug your keyboard

TOOLS YOU WILL NEED HANDY:

#1:  A flat blade screwdriver.

Flat blade screwdriver

Flat blade screwdriver

#2:  Any vacuum cleaner with a way of getting a brush attachment to suck up the total nasty bits.

Vacuum cleaner

Vacuum cleaner

#3.  Mild soap and water mix, a microfiber cloth, a toothbrush.

Mile cleaner, microfiber cloth, and toothbrush

Mild cleaner, microfiber cloth, and toothbrush

#4.  Alcohol (Surgical Spirits) in 65% or higher in a spray bottle, and cotton swabs.

Alcohol and cotton swabs

Alcohol and cotton swabs

OR – Lens cleaning wipes.

Lens cleaning wipes

Lens cleaning wipes

DISCLAIMER:  I am not a terrible housekeeper….actually, well never mind…..I have not cleaned this keyboard since I purchased this computer in 2007 or 2008.  I’ve vacuumed the top of the keys and blown canned air to clear away the toast crumbs and other stuff out.  That is as far as it has gone.

This week of January 27, 2014 through January 31, 2014 the Flylady Zone will be the living room.  I am going to get a jump start on it.  My office area is totally filthy.

Dusty office area

Dusty office area

ARE YOU READY?  Are you SURE you are ready?  Okay.  Let’s get this BEST KEYBOARD CLEANING TUTORIAL ON THE INTERNET started.

Using the flat blade screwdriver, carefully work the blade under the keys and gently pry up until the key pops off.

Gently pry up with the screwdriver

Gently pry up with the screwdriver

There are some keys with metal wires attached to them.  Be careful when prying these up.  The SPACE BAR, ENTER/RETURN, DELETE, SHIFT keys all have this wire.  Pretty nasty :/

Keys with wires

Keys with wires

The rest of the keys look like Legos.

Rest of the keyboard keys

Rest of the keyboard keys

GROSS!  Totally Gross!  The nastiness that is hidden beneath our computer keyboard keys.  This stuff is just waiting to make you sick, if it has not already.

What lays beneath!

What lays beneath!

Get that vacuum cleaner over here.  STAT!

Use the vacuum on the keyboard

Use the vacuum on the keyboard

I have a spray bottle filled with 2 tablespoons liquid dish soap and tap water.  This is an All Purpose Cleaner and also known as a “Mild Cleaner”.  Spray one squirt NO MORE THAN TWO on the microfiber cloth.

Use a Mild Cleaner

Use a Mild Cleaner

1 or 2 squirts

1 or 2 squirts

Using a corner of the damp microfiber cloth, begin cleaning around the key buds and the base of the keyboard.

Clean the key buds and the base of the keyboard

Clean the key buds and the base of the keyboard

If you need to have more cleaning power than just the cloth get the toothbrush.  Lay the toothbrush on the microfiber cloth to collect over spray.  Spay the toothbrush with one good squirt.  Tap off the excess water from the toothbrush before you go to the keyboard.

Protect your furniture with the microfiber cloth

Protect your furniture with the microfiber cloth

Spray one good squirt on the toothbrush

Spray one good squirt on the toothbrush

Tap off excess liquid

Tap off excess liquid

Make sure you don’t have drippy toothbrush.  There should only be a small amount of suds as you work the brush around the key buds.

Clean around the key buds

Clean around the key buds

More than a few suds is too much liquid

More than a few suds is too much liquid

Use the microfiber cloth to clean up the suds and dirt you have cleaned off.

Use the microfiber cloth to clean up

Use the microfiber cloth to clean up

You will start to see the difference between the cleaned area and the still dirty area.

It's getting clean

It’s getting clean

Continue until you have as much of the dirt and grime as you can possibly remove.

Clean!

Clean!

Using an alcohol spritzed cotton swab or a lens cleaner, you will sanitize the keyboard base.

Sanitize with a cotton swab and alcohol

Sanitize with a cotton swab and alcohol

Or use a lens cleaning cloth with alcohol

Or use a lens cleaning cloth with alcohol

Gather up all the keys and put them in a plastic bowl to be soaked.

Get keys ready for a soak

Get keys ready for a soak

Using A PINKY NAIL amount of liquid dish soap, squirt into the bowl of keys and fill the bowl with hot water.

A PINKY NAIL squirt of soap

A PINKY NAIL squirt of soap

Cover with hot water

Cover with hot water

Give the keys a swish and swirl around in the hot water and soap solution.  Then go do something for about 10 minutes.

Swish and swirl the keys

Swish and swirl the keys

After a 10 minute soak in the soapy water, take the keys – one at a time – and give them each a good scrubbing with a microfiber cloth.  This will take the excess water off the key as well as scrub off any dirt.  Then work the underside of the key to get out excess water and dirt.  Lastly, place the key on a length of paper towel to dry.

Scrub the key with a microfiber cloth

Scrub the key with a microfiber cloth

Clean the underside as well

Clean the underside as well

Set key aside to dry

Set key aside to dry

Continue until you have cleaned every key.

Clean all the keys and leave to dry

Clean all the keys and leave to dry

When you have all the keys laid out on the paper towel, spray they all with the alcohol from a spray bottle.

Spray alcohol to sanitize keys

Spray alcohol to sanitize keys

Take your “Pruney” fingers and go do something for ONE HOUR.  Go grocery shopping, take a nap, read a book.  Anything….except use this computer :/

Un-prune your fingers for 1 hour

Un-prune your fingers for 1 hour

Okay, it is time to get the keys put back on the keyboard.  Bring the cleaned keys over and begin sorting them out.  Letters, numbers, F-keys, word keys.

Letter keys

Letter keys

Word/Function keys

Word/Function keys

F-Keys

F-Keys

Number keys

Number keys

Keys with wires

Keys with wires

Get your reference photos ready.  You are going to need them now.

Reference photos

Reference photos

Starting with the WIRE KEYS put the wires in the slotted areas of the key bud.  Then mate the key bud with the key and press into place until  you hear a click.

Start with the wired keys

Start with the wired keys

Insert the wire in the slot

Insert the wire in the slot

Mate up the key parts then press down

Mate up the key parts then press down

Work the installed key a few times to make sure it works properly.  Do these same steps to all of the wired keys.

Install all the wired keys first

Install all the wired keys first

Install the rest of the keys in their proper place.  Looks like a brand new keyboard!

Install the rest of the keys

Install the rest of the keys

Now comes the test.  Plug your keyboard into your computer.  I had my computer turned off while I cleaned my desk area.  So I turned the computer back on.  If I can type in the password…..

Test to see if I ruined the keyboard

Test to see if I ruined the keyboard

Yippy Skippy!  It works.  It works!!!

It works!

It works!

Okay.  Now I have earned a brownie point.  Yes!

Brownie Points

Brownie Points

Just don’t bring that crumby thing over to MY CLEAN KEYBOARD!

So, now, if you are up for a challenge.  If you want to see what lurks under your keyboard.  Or if you just want to show me up on your better housekeeping skills.  I think you now know how to safely clean your keyboard and your keys.

Keep in mind LIQUID IS BAD FOR KEYBOARDS.  LIQUID WILL KILL YOUR KEYBOARD.  Take the necessary precautions to make sure you don’t use excessive liquid on the microfiber cloth or spray directly on the board.

Now I don’t have to do this for another…..8 years 😀  Let’s go check out Russell Deasley’s Cats In Love.  Go up to Warning #1 if you don’t know how to get to the cats.

Leslie

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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

2 responses to “The best tutorial you will find on the internet to clean your computer key board. Maybe? Possibly?

  • gardenpinks

    Yes Leslie we have had some dreadful storms; yesterday it was gale force winds, hail, heavy rain and thunder and the temperature has dropped too so quite chilly but not a cold as parts of the US and Canada have suffered. Areas of the UK have been severely flooded and one county in particular – Somerset – have been marooned for weeks with some villages completed surrounded by water and travel only achievable by boat!
    By the way Wales is not an island, I’m sure some of the Welsh would love it to be but they are most definitely part of the UK and have some glorious scenery too. The name ‘Wales’ came from the Saxon/Angle word for foreigner – ‘welsc’, it was one of the areas where the poor Celts were driven when England was invaded and being fought over by the Jutes, Angles and Saxons.

    I keep threatening to remove the keys of my laptop as I’m sure there is plenty of dust under them. I do turn the machine upside down and give it a good shake now and again and go over it with the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner. Amazing what gunk gets trapped under there but thank heavens we don’t have a tower where even more dust is drawn in causing the fans to struggle whilst trying to keep the parts in the tower cool.

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      Holy Moley! I feel so bad for those that are flooded out. Even those without power. These winter storms, even spring storms, can wreck havoc on a person’s feeling of well being and make their lives miserable. You have been lashed about. Do you wonder, sometimes, if you are in heavy seas?!

      Thanks for the information you have included about Wales. I don’t know why I think of it as a island :/ You have some much historical knowledge to share and I feel honored that you share that information in the comments you leave.

      😀 You must have a strong stomach to survive the whole blog post, including pictures of filthy-ness. Bet you had to go check out the cats after that stomach twisting bit of yuck! 😀

      Love you my friend – Leslie

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