How to Clean Your Computer Keyboard

Food crumbs and grime can cause a dirty keyboard, which is unsanitary but may also hinder your peripheral’s performance.

If you’re looking for a way to clean your keyboard or to clean your laptop without replacing it, the first thing to consider is whether or not it’s possible. If it isn’t, we can help you clean your laptop in its entirety. Otherwise, it’s time to go shopping for cleaning products and learn how to make an old keyboard work like new again.

From a basic chassis shakedown to washing by removing all the keycaps, these suggestions can help you get rid of keyboard dust and grime:

Shake it out

The simplest, and the most evident solution is to flip the keyboard upside down, thump the underside, and shake out as much rubbish as possible. After unplugging the keyboard from your computer or turning off its wireless function, pick it up and turn it over so the keys are facing a surface you don’t mind getting filthy for a moment.

Tap the bottom, holding it at various angles. This is the most effective method to get the majority of the loose material out. Depending on your favorite snacks, you may expect a waterfall of crumbs, poppy seeds, and so on.

If you’re using a keyboard with detachable keycaps, remove them and shake the keyboard out without them in the way. Tap the underside of the keyboard to ensure that it’s clean.

Blow it out

Clean keyboard with compressed air

Canned air is a must-have for PC users, whether you want to clean out your keyboard or replace the case fans that have been gunked up. It’s possible to clear much of the dust from your keyboard without much effort if you use a straw-shaped plastic tube instead of your nose.

However, you can’t just randomly spray compressed air over your keyboard. Taking some precautions is necessary first. Although canned air won’t eliminate all of the dirt beneath the keys, it will remove everything that can be seen and send debris flying across your desk and floor in a disgusting cloud. It’s preferable to do this outside or over the bathtub.

It won’t destroy your keyboard, but it might make it less effective. If you can, remove the keycaps first. Just don’t push the straw right up onto the surface you’re blowing on because canned air produces condensation when you do that, leaving pools of moisture or frost behind. Experiment and have fun with this; keep a safe distance

After your air blasting, a tap-and-shakeout session is recommended. You’ve no doubt dislodged debris and sent it elsewhere within the keyboard body at this time. Now that these parts have been exposed to more air, they may shake out more easily.

Brush it out

brush clean your keyboard

Keyboard brushes designed to help you sweep out crumbs, hair, and other debris are available in a variety of forms and sizes. Cleaning nylon brushes can be found in kits or separately at many online retailers.

Using the brush, go over all of the nooks and crannies after sweeping the surface of the keyboard with the dustpan.

Wash it

Keyboards with detachable keycaps are simple to clean.

You may clean your keycaps by soaking them in a basin of soapy water. It’s as simple as filling up a container with water, squirting in some hand or dish soap, and scrubbing your keycaps with a tiny brush or rag after they’ve had a good soak.

Before removing any of the keys, snap a photo of the keyboard so you know where to return them all when you’re finished.


It’s not difficult to clean a keyboard, but it is important in order to keep the keys functioning properly and to avoid bacteria build-up. All you need is a few household items and about five minutes of your time. We’ve methods for cleaning your keyboard, so choose the one that works best for you and get started!