THREE WARNINGS BEFORE I PROCEED WITH THE TUTORIAL!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
UNPLUG YOUR KEYBOARD FROM THE COMPUTER. Please make sure you do this before you get involved with the key popping.
TOOLS YOU WILL NEED HANDY:
#1: A flat blade screwdriver.
#2: Any vacuum cleaner with a way of getting a brush attachment to suck up the total nasty bits.
#3. Mild soap and water mix, a microfiber cloth, a toothbrush.
#4. Alcohol (Surgical Spirits) in 65% or higher in a spray bottle, and cotton swabs.
OR – 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.
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.
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
The rest of the keys look like Legos.
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.
Get that vacuum cleaner over here. STAT!
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.
Using a corner of the damp microfiber cloth, begin cleaning around 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.
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.
Use the microfiber cloth to clean up the suds and dirt you have cleaned off.
You will start to see the difference between the cleaned area and the still dirty area.
Continue until you have as much of the dirt and grime as you can possibly remove.
Using an alcohol spritzed cotton swab or a lens cleaner, you will sanitize the keyboard base.
Gather up all the keys and put them in a plastic bowl to be soaked.
Using A PINKY NAIL amount of liquid dish soap, squirt into the bowl of keys and fill the bowl 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.
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.
Continue until you have cleaned every key.
When you have all the keys laid out on the paper towel, spray they all with the alcohol from a spray bottle.
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
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.
Get your reference photos ready. You are going to need them now.
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.
Work the installed key a few times to make sure it works properly. Do these same steps to all of the wired keys.
Install the rest of the keys in their proper place. Looks like a brand new keyboard!
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…..
Yippy Skippy! It works. It works!!!
Okay. Now I have earned a brownie point. Yes!
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.