With your phone, computer keyboards are one of the most affected surfaces in homes and offices, which means they are also one of the most germinating. A 2018 study found that 96% of the 25 keyboards examined were contaminated with bacteria. Possible culprits: unwashed hands, all crumbs starting at 2 p.m. Emphasize snacks and moisture-retaining powder, to name a few.
But with dozens of keys, numerous cracks and gaps, and delicate electronic parts underneath, keyboards are known to be difficult to clean. The same study found that after disinfection, only about 16% of keyboards completely reduced their bacterial contamination. The researchers believe that this could be due to insufficient polishing between the keys, where all the mass accumulates.
Therefore, regular cleaning is recommended. And with the right equipment, no time or effort is required, just ask Melissa Maker, owner of the cleaning company Clean My Space in Toronto. There are a few things to keep in mind when cleaning a keyboard. The manufacturer told us that the interior was the first thing to worry about and the second was the surface of the keys.
What equipment do I need to clean my keyboard?
According to Maker, only a few household items are needed to clean the keyboard. Some of these devices are interchangeable, for example a soft toothbrush can be filled with compressed air, but it's best to have everything on hand just in case.
How to clean under the keys?
To be safe, you must first shut down your computer. External keyboards must be completely separate from your computer. Then take the keyboard first and tilt it up on the short side on a flat surface, says Maker. For laptops, aim at a 75-degree angle according to the Apple website.
How do I clean the surface of my keyboard?
Here, Maker says, the choice is yours: You can use a disinfecting wipe or a microfiber cloth coated in diluted cleaning alcohol (equal parts water and alcohol). Apple recommends 70% isopropyl alcohol or Clorox disinfectant wipes. Do not use cleaning sprays or wipes that contain bleach.
How often should I clean my keyboard?
In the same previous study, researchers reported that 52% of people reported that they cleaned their keyboard about once or twice a month. To get proper disinfection, you should try cleaning them daily with a disinfecting wipe, the authors say. However, if you are the only person using your computer, most of these bacteria are unlikely to harm you, and other research has shown that everything is fine once a week.