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By choy.waigiat ·
Is there a better way to clean the dust out of keyboard? I normally turn the keyboard upside down and shake it till the dust drop off.

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by an_it_guy In reply to How to clean keyboard

Thats one of the easy & handy ways to clean the KBD. Apart from that, you can use an air-blower (like your hair-drier), or a small dry paint brush to remove dirt & dust off from between the keys.Keeping the KBD covered while not is use is a good practice along with the regular mainenace.
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by Bristar In reply to How to clean keyboard

I work in a rather dusty environment and clean keyboards regularly. If I cam cleaning them on the fly, I will CAREFULLY pop off a large key or two such as the Enter key and right Shift key with a pocket knife or flat-head screwdriver. Then I use ablower the **** the dirt that direction.

I also keep my eyes open for large objects that are not coming out such as hair or dust clumps, strips of paper, or candy. These I attack with the knife or screwdriver.

If you have the time and want a thorough cleaning, you can unplug the keyboard and remove all of the keys (I recommend re-stacking them in order on the desk or use a second keyboard for reference). This will allow you to wipe the keyboard clean with a damp cloth. In the old days, we would actually rinse the keyboard in water. So long as it has ample time to dry before plugging it back into the system.

Be careful with large keys like Enter and Space Bar -- they often have little brackets that have to be placed into their slot first when re-inserting the keys. The rest of the keys typically are just resting in their holes.

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by Blaine Moore In reply to How to clean keyboard

For maintenance cleaning, an air canister is usually more than enough to get dust out of your keyboard. Depending on how bad it is, you may want to take it outside first so that the dust doesn't just resettle.

If your keyboard is in really bad shape, or you spill your soda or something on it, then you can pop the keys off, take it apart, and soak the plastic parts in soapy water or run them through a dishwasher. Just be sure that everything is dry before putting it back together and plugging it in to your computer. Generally, though, an air canister is more than enough.

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by Ann777 In reply to How to clean keyboard

You can turn it upside down and shake it
You can vaccuum it right-side up
You can take a can of air and **** it out
You can take off keys and clean it

Generally it is best to cover it when not in use... especially in some dusty work/manufacturing environments.

It's best not to eat/drink next to the computer, but it is a policy that not everyone follows.

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by TheChas In reply to How to clean keyboard

It depends on how the keyboard is made, and how dirty it is.

I have recovered several keyboards by fully dis-assembling them and washing everything.

Older keyboards with individual switches for each key CANNOT be cleaned this way. You can onlyclean the dust off, and wash the key-tops.

Modern keyboards with the mylar membrane switch and rubber tactile actuators can be cleaned very well.

If you take everything apart, the only thing that you should NOT wash is the little circuit boardwith the keyboard controller on it.
Use ONLY CLEAN water on the folded mylar membrane. Blot it dry with a clean lint-free cloth. DO NOT RUB on the black patterns for each key.
Same with the rubber actuators.

The key-tops and housing are best cleaned with normal dish-washing detergent.

I have heard of techs who simply load a dishwasher with dirty keyboards and clean them that way.
USE THE COLDEST WASH SETTINGS ON A CYCLE THAT DOES NOT DRY USING THE HEATER.

The combination of a copierrepair vacuum and canned air can be very effective too.

Chas

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