Looking after your laptop or PC not only keeps your equipment in pristine condition but also extends the longevity of its life and in the long run will save you money. One main component of your laptop or PC is the keyboard, also known as the human interface device. Proper maintenance and cleaning will prevent failure and will ensure that that your keyboard is in full working order. Before performing any cleaning task on your keyboard ensure that you turn your laptop or PC off before you begin.
Little and Often.
Cleaning your keyboard on a regular basis is recommended rather than a full deep clean, this way it will be less time consuming. We recommend that on at least a weekly basis that you wipe down all the keys with a damp cloth, also use a vacuum to remove dust and debris that collects between the keys, the build-up of this can cause keys to malfunction. Specialist keyboard cleaning kits are available to perform these tasks, these include a small vacuum, wipes and other tools to keep your keyboard in full working order. Although not recommended with laptops, you can tip your keyboard upside down and give it a good shake to remove the more stubborn dirt and debris. It is also worth noting that when you are cleaning the keys is to be careful on using cleaning products that can remove the lettering, it is best to use either a damp cloth or a specific cleaning fluid that will not damage the keys. Another handy tool if you do not want to pay out for a specialist keyboard cleaning kit is an old toothbrush of which is an effective way you can use to loosen dirt and dust between the keys.
If you find that your keyboard is starting to act up, sticky keys, keys not working then it is recommended that you do a deep clean, this will involve removing the keys completely. Before you begin it is worthwhile to either take a photo of your keyboard or to download a picture of it off the internet. You will also need to read your manufacturer’s instructions on how to remove the keys, normally the keys can be “popped” using a small jewellers screwdriver and levering it. Once you have removed all the keys use a damp cloth to clean the surface, then with each individual key, give a good wipe to remove any build-up of dirt or debris. Once you have cleaned everything follow your photo / diagram to replace the keys, they should snap back into place, pay particular care when replacing the space bar as this is usually the most tricky and some keyboards have an additional metal bar underneath that needs to be positioned correctly. Although a deep clean may be necessary, if you clean your keyboard on a regular basis you will find you will not need to perform a deep clean of your keyboard and enjoy many years of use without problems.