How to Clean a Laptop Keyboard Using the Best Keyboard Cleaning Brush

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One of the most difficult parts to clean in a computer is the keyboard. The spaces between keys are too close making it hard to get the dust and dirt out. It’s also a risky procedure as some tools might damage your keyboard.

That’s why using the right tools is necessary to clean your keyboard. Some of the tools we normally use are cloth and a keyboard cleaning brush.

There are a few things you need to know before starting the cleaning process to prevent damaging your laptop.

Here is a step by step guide on how to clean your keyboard using a laptop cleaning brush.

Before starting, let’s look at what you need to avoid when cleaning.

What to Avoid When Cleaning Laptop Keyboard
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1. Getting alcohol on the insides of the keyboard
2. Using cleaners (alcohol or liquid soap) directly on the keyboard
3. Compressed air

A few sources suggest compressed air as a solution to loosen or blow away dirt from the keyboard. Other sites are against this method. They argue that air will just blow the dirt in the keyboard and cause more damage to your laptop.  

A small vacuum cleaner will work better as you can imagine.

Using A Keyboard Cleaning Brush and Other Tools and Solutions

How to Clean Keyboard Using Only a Detail Brush Set

If you want to use a brush set only to clean your laptop keyboard, here’s a good way to do that.

Step 1: Power down your laptop
Step 2: Turn your laptop upside-down
Step 3: Give it a weak tap to loosen the dirt and other particles
Step 4: Use the brush to scrub stuck-on particles

Optional: You can use a soft brush or a stiff brush depending on how dirty your laptop keyboard is

Step 5: Turn your laptop upside-down again to loosen the particles
Step 6: Keep on brushing until you’ve got rid of the dirty
Step 7: For gunk on the side you can use a silicone tipped brush to remove them fast

How to Clean Keyboard with a Cleaning Gunk

1. Detail brush set (use the long or the medium size brush as your keyboard cleaning brush)
2. Handheld vacuum cleaner (optional)
3. Cleaning gunk or sticky tape

How to Make Cleaning Gunk or Cleaning Slime

CNET specifically recommends this for electronics like your laptop keyboard. As demonstrated here. You need borax for this one. If you don’t want to use that, follow the instructions in the video below.

Step 1: Pour 4oz white glue in a bowl
Step 2: Mix with one tablespoon of baking soda
Step 3: Pour one tablespoon of contact lens solution
Step 4: Mix with a disposable spoon or a popsicle stick

Cleaning steps

Step 1: Unplug your laptop
Step 2: Remove loose dirt by turning your laptop over
Step 3: Give it two to three shakes without overdoing it (meaning don’t break your laptop)
Step 4: While still upside-down, use a handheld vacuum cleaner to suck all the dirt away. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner skip to step 5.
Step 5: Prop your laptop right side up again and use the cleaning slime to remove the remaining dirt.

Note: You can use tape (clear tape, masking tape, duct tape) but it will take a little bit longer than using a cleaning slime.

Step 6: Use the silicone brush tip to remove built-up dirt that the slime was not able to remove. 
Step 7: Gently brush your laptop’s keyboard with the soft-bristle tip to finish up

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