How To Clean Your Dirty Keyboard & Mouse?

 
 
 

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gamerrex01
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When I was in middle school - ah the late 1990s back when the things were cheap - they had plastic covers on the keyboards but it was like the covers were made from a mold of the keyboard i dont know how they had them secured on the back of the keyboard but those were great. If companies started to make those for keyboards that they made - of course you would have to buy it seperately from the keyboard I think tons of people would buy them. espically those that heat that their pc. [guildy as charged]

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I just use a paper towel with window cleaner from time to time. Of course to do this, you would spray the window cleaner onto the paper towel first and then use it for cleaning. As Rodney has mentioned, you would definitely not want to spray window cleaner into your keyboard. His suggestion about using isopropyl alcohol mixed with water in a spray bottle sounds terrific. I will have to try that.

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Most of the time a microfiber cloth and some compressed air will do the job just fine.

Lindasayswhat
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I have used the Cyber clean products before and they do seem to work but I really just like old fashion ways of cleaning my gear.

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What about Cyber Clean Electronics Cleaning Putty? I was thinking recently that I would buy some and try it out. I always wipe my keys down, but the stuff that seems to get under my laptop keys over the years is awful. Compressed Air Dusters are nice, but they just seem to to get stuff lodged in there further sometimes. Have you used the putty before?

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Haven't used the Cyber Clean Electronics Cleaning Putty, but it looks kinda silly to me. I'll stick to my cheap tried and tested method. If you do give this stuff a try though let us know how you like it.

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Prophet4NO1
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I have used the putty. Works very well. Pulls all the crud your rag can not get to from under the keys. It does go bad after a while though. If left sitting around it will leave residue after you apply it. When fresh, no issues. Lasts about 2 weeks after cracking the seal on the tub.

Anonymous

Once about every 6 months, I use iron wires to pull out all the keys of my keyboard. I then wash them in a dishwasher, let them dry and pop them back in. It also makes cleaning dust and crumbs easier.

Anonymous

I have a Great Rule. Don't eat in the front of computer. Any food that approaches my computer for closer than 5 meters is being thown out of the room. I just wipe the keyboard, (Lycosa Mirror, so twice to 4 times per day) and don't care for more.

3dGameMan
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True, many people compute and eat and/or drink... can get messy. My mother-in-law has an whoops moment with wine over her notebooks keyboard and I had to replace it. Be careful...

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I cleaned my Lycosa Mirror the other day. Took all the keys off, put the vaccum on a low setting, got all the crumbs out and used lemon surface cleaners on all of the keys (yes, I took them out). I wont be doing that for a while, it took me an hour and a half :S

3dGameMan
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Yea, that's a lot of work. I just use an air compressor to blow out all the crap.

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A half alcohol, and a half water. --> Use VODKA instead :D

3dGameMan
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In Canada liquor is to expensive to use ;)

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Try holding the keyboard upside-down and use a paint brush to remove crumbs and debris first before using the cleaning fluid. You will be amazed at what is lurking under the keys, usually food, biscuit crumbs and yes lots of hair. Big respect Rodney!

Anonymous

Hello.
I use to watch your videos in youtube.

Why use 99% alcochol?
Why don't 96% more typical alcohol (at least in my country, Spain)?

kyle_katarn
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who the f is touching each other's keyboards at work??
not at the office I work at
not yours? hands off!

3dGameMan
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No one has even leaned over and typed in something on your keyboard? If so, they might have just returned from the can after a large dump and forgot to wash their hands ;) I'm just playing now, but you never know.

Anonymous

I get crumbs and pubes and all sorts under the keys. if i'm not feeling lazy i'll pull out all the keys and wash it. usually i remove the whole of the key "tray" (with the keys) and give it a blast with a shower head or tap giving it a good rinse, obviously drying it out before i put the keyboard back together.

a lot of dry "sweat" builds up in the cracks on my mouse. I dont often wipe it down but i'll take a knife or something to scrap the gunge out of the cracks.

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I use 99.85 percent Isopropanol (about 7€ for 1000ml) mixed with water 1:3 for the real dirty stuff as well as removing thermal compound from heatsinks and chips. I've noticed that mixing it in higher concentration is removing the paint from some of my devices. For daily use I have a bottle of Sterilium with me (yeah I touch a lot of keyboards in public places). At home I also have a spray bottle of Lysoform which does the job nicely, just spray onto a cloth and wipe off the nasty stuff.

Anonymous

i use water

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With my old Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, I used to take all of the keys out and clean it like a gun. lol

The keyboard I have right now is harder to clean. I turn it upside down, give it a good few whacks to get out any crumbs or whatnot that might have gotten in there and give it a wipe down with baby wipes. No one else is allowed to use my PC let alone the keyboard.

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