How to Thoroughly Clean Your Keyboard

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How to Thoroughly Clean Your Keyboard

If you work in an office, you likely spend many hours every day typing away. Hopefully, you wash your hands or regularly disinfect your workspace because a team of scientists conducted a study that found keyboards are up to five times dirtier than a toilet seat. During their testing of 33 devices, they found alarming levels of E.coli and other hazardous bacteria. One of the tested items contained 150 times the acceptable limit for bacteria and had to be quarantined. With this study in mind, our team at Mac’s Janitorial Services, a leading name in commercial cleaning in Mercer County, NJ, has laid out the steps on how to thoroughly clean your keyboard.

  • Unplug the computer or keyboard from all electrical sources and turn it off. Doing so will protect you from the threat of electrocution and prevent any moisture from frying the hardware. It will also stop you from entering dozens of keystrokes in an open document as you wipe them.
  • Just like cleaning anything else, remove the loose debris before you start disinfecting it. You can turn the board upside down and carefully shake it to dislodge crumbs and dust. For the best results, we recommend using compressed air to remove any stubborn pieces.
  • Clean and disinfect every key. Depending on how much time you are willing to dedicate to the task, you have two options. If you are pressed for time, you can use a disinfecting wipe to go over each key, on the top and sides. Be sure to spend a little extra time on the ones that you use the most, such as the enter key and spacebar. For a more detailed clean, you can remove every button and wash them in a solution.
  • With the keys removed, you can hit the contact areas with the compressed air and wipe down the inner surfaces. If there is space between the keys, now is a great time to clean them as well.

Once you have cleaned all of the buttons and other surfaces, you can test your memory and put the keys back in place on your own or use a keyboard map. We recommend cleaning the device at least once or twice a month to limit the amount of bacteria that constantly transfer to your hands. While you may have time to clean your computer, you likely do not have the time to maintain the rest of the office. To have the remainder of your workplace taken care of by the best commercial cleaning services in Mercer County, give us a call today.

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