MANY of us eat while we work and work while we eat.
This means that our computers and their keyboards become filthy, covered in both visible and invisible crumbs, grime, and debris.
Because we touch our laptops daily, they become filled with bacteria and germsCredit: Getty
Sometimes, wiping them down isn’t enough to cleanCredit: Getty – Contributor
Although you may think you’ve done your job by swiping a cleansing wipe over your laptop every now and then, the truth is you aren’t reaching the little bits that are stuck between and beneath the keyboard’s keys.
Luckily, there are a few easy ways to get your computer looking and feeling new.
If you own a laptop with an attached keyboard, cleaning it may be simpler than you think.
Start by turning your laptop upside down and giving it a light shake. This can help loosen and remove any crumbs trapped inside.
According to Kevin Geick, a manager at Bio Recovery, you can also use a can of compressed air to remove the more stubborn bits.
“Just be careful not to go too deeply under the keys; components under the keys can be delicate,” he told MarthaStewart.com.
If you have a computer with a detached keyboard, you can start by trying the flip and shake method as well.
If that doesn’t work, check if your keyboard has removeable keys.
Although the key removal and replacement approach is a viable one, Geick said it is an ultimate last resort.
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Sometimes, both the flip method and the canned air method just don’t get the job done.
Geick said that if that’s the case, you should buy cleaning putty to get into the deeper crevices.
“These go by a few other names, as well, such as cleaning slime and gel, and are affordable,” he said.
As for the “last line of defense”—which still comes before the key removal approach—Geick said they would use a vacuum on a very low setting.
Once you’ve removed the inner dirt, you should use a disinfectant wipe on the keyboard’s surface.
Besides these more in-depth methods, Geick explained that it is important to rub down your keyboard regularly with cleansing solutions.
“A general fact to remember is that your keyboard is most likely dirtier than your toilet seat.
“So while cleaning under the keys isn’t totally necessary on a weekly basis, giving the exterior of the keyboard a light cleaning once per week is a good idea.”
Canned air can serve as a way to dislodge the stubborn particles trapped withinCredit: Getty
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