Cleaning the gunk from your keyboardJuly 25, 2011
I’m on a cleaning theme! Last week I gave you a quick and easy method of cleaning your computer mouse’s feet; today, it’s getting the gunk out from between the keys on your keyboard.
Sure, you can turn your keyboard upside down and give it a bit of a pat on its backside, and a few shakes. And you’ll be amazed — and possibly horrified — at what comes out, even if you don’t eat at your desk. If you eat at your desk… well, let’s just say that studies have shown that the average office keyboard has more bacteria and nasties lurking in it than a toilet seat!
You can use compressed air in a can to spray out other bits of gunk, or a mini vacuum cleaner to suck out other particles. If you’re really keen, you can take off the keys and get in behind them that way. But there’s no need to be so drastic!
Instead, I highly recommend something I purchased for a completely different purpose: bendable microfiber applicator brushes!
I bought mine for cleaning out fluff and lint in the very tight and awkward spaces around a bobbin case of a sewing machine. But I soon realized that they were excellent for getting in between your computer keyboard keys and would pick up hair etc. that the other methods won’t get out easily. I’ve even used them to pick up dust bunnies inside the heat sink and fans inside my computer that I couldn’t get out any other way. And they can even get into the grooves in your remote control too.
My understanding is that these handy — and very cheap — little (about 3 inches long) tools were developed for hobbyists, such a model makers. But quilters have got on to them and you may well find them for sale in you neighborhood craft, quilting, fabric or sewing machine store.
Alternatively, you can buy them online for between US$3.50 and US$5.00 — for 25 brushes!
Those I have are manufactured by Tooltron, and are available for sale directly from the manufacturer (http://www.tooltron.com/products/Micro-Applicator-Brush.html) or you can get them via my Amazon Store: http://astore.amazon.com/cybertconsul-20/detail/B004KYYOH2.
I’m a very happy user of these incredibly versatile little brushes.
And for cleaning the accumulated oil from your fingers off the keys, try an orange oil of some sort. Others recommend isopropyl alcohol, but I don’t have any of that. My PlanetArk Orange Power sticky spot and goo dissolver on a Q-tip (cotton bud) worked a treat. After lightly rubbing the end of the Q-tip on the keys, wipe off with a dry soft tissue. My keyboard keys look as good as new!