Cleaning a Laptop Keyboard

By Administrator at July 15, 2010 15:31
Filed Under: Laptop Keyboard
Laptop keyboards are one of most common components to wear out on a notebook computer. It tends to be the catch-all for everything that could possibly fall, crumble or spill into your laptop. Cleaning a laptop keyboard may seem like a simple and straightforward process, but there are mistakes that can be made that could cause damage to the laptop or its keyboard. Here are the right and wrong ways to clean a laptop keyboard.

First, let us look at some of the common mistakes when cleaning a laptop keyboard . Never spray any liquid directly at the laptop or keyboard. Liquids can get between the keys or through gaps in the laptop and cause damage to the laptop or keyboard. Instead, spray the liquid on a cloth or towel, and then lightly rub the keys. Also, never attempt to clean the laptop keyboard while the power is on or the battery is connected. Remove the battery and disconnect the AC adapter to reduce the risk of electric shock, especially if using any kind of liquid or cleaning solution. If the keyboard has large amounts of dirt and food crumbs that will not come out with normal cleaning, it is important to never remove keys from the keyboard; they will likely not go back onto the keyboard correctly.

Here are a few of the proper techniques to use when cleaning your laptop keyboard.

If a laptop keyboard is only a bit dirty, the best way to clean it might be with a mild cleaning solution, such as a non-ammonia-based cleaner or just warm water. Spray a little bit of cleaner on a rag or cloth, and lightly rub only the top surfaces of the keys. In many cases, this will be enough.

If there are large pieces of dirt or food stuck under or in between keys, use a can of compressed air to blow them out. You can also carefully use a paper clip or other small object to fish some of these objects out from under the keyboard.

If you have a liquid spill on the tops of the keys you can wipe them off with a damp cloth and cleaner, but if the spill is down in the keyboard, you will likely have to replace the entire keyboard . Since laptop keyboards are made to fit into the laptop, they are not widely available and you will need to find a retailer that carries the keyboard for your laptop.

Cleaning your laptop keyboard is a fairly easy and straightforward process. With a bit of caution, you can avoid causing any damage to the laptop or the keyboard, and have a nice clean keyboard to show for your work.
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