How to Maintain a Mechanical Keyboard:
– Wipe down the keyboard with an alcohol cleaning cloth regularly to clean off dust and debris.
– Use compressed air to blow out any dirt that might be lurking under the keys.
– Do not use liquids or abrasives to clean your keyboard, as these can damage the electronics inside.
– If your keyboard has a wrist rest, always remove it before wiping down or blowing out the dirt around keys for easier access to grime and gunk build up. You can also flip over your keyboard without removing the wrist rest and vacuum up crumbs from underneath it there, which will get rid of any accumulated spillage or food particles that could be damaging key switches over time (e.g., potato chips).
– If your keyboard has drainage holes in the back, make sure to keep them unblocked, or you run the risk of damaging it.
– Regularly check various connector and cable ports for dirt, debris, or corrosion.
– Use a can of compressed air to blow out the various nooks and crannies inside your keyboard if you do not have easy access to an air compressor or shop vac. Never look down the barrel of a can of compressed air while using it, as it could result in injury to your eye or face. If necessary, wear safety goggles.
– If you spill anything on your keyboard, flip it upside down over a sink or bowl and gently pat with a clean cloth to remove as much as possible. Gently dab with a damp cloth, then dry thoroughly with a clean towel. Never submerge your keyboard in water or any other liquid.
– If you want to clean your keycaps, we suggest that you use some form of isopropyl rubbing alcohol along with lint-free. Be sure to wipe off the top of the keycaps as well since the oil from your fingers can be transferred onto them over time.
How to Clean a Simple Mechanical Keyboard:
- Deep clean your keyboard: Remove the keycaps and clean the surface of the PCB with an alcohol wipe. Ensure to wipe off any excess oil or residue left on the PCB from the keycap before applying the next step in this sequence.
- Clean individual keys:
Take a Q-tip and wipe down each key on your keyboard individually, then rinse with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining traces of oil or residue that had been transferred from previous users’ fingers onto them. If your keyboard is equipped with a wrist rest, you also want to wipe down the underside of it as well to remove any accumulated crumbs from previous users’ fingers.
- Clean cable ports:
Put a piece of tape over the cable port you will clean, then use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe down the cable port. This will remove any dirt or residue left on the port by previous users (e.g., coffee grounds). Put another piece of tape over the cleaned-up port after removing it from the keyboard for accurate cleaning results next time around. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all ports have been cleaned in your keyboard model.
- Clean the keycaps:
Use a towel or paper towel to blot any excess water or alcohol from the keycaps. Take a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe down the outside of each keycap, paying particular attention to areas such as the ENTER and F keys as well as the borders of the keys. Rinse your Q-tip repeatedly with rubbing alcohol until all traces of oil, residue, or dirt has been removed from these areas.
- Dry your keyboard:
Take a dry piece of paper towel and squeeze out excess moisture from each keycap individually (e.g., gently applying pressure on them such that they are slightly bent inward at the top). Put a piece of tape over each keycap, then let dry overnight.
Follow the above steps to maintain your mechanical keyboard, and you will have a clean and working keyboard for years to come. Keyboards are usually used from 7 to 15 years, and they may be used for several hours daily. Cleaning them regularly is a must if you want your keyboard to work properly for a long time.
1. How to clean the keyboard without tools?
Use a piece of paper towel to blot any excess water or alcohol from the keyboard. Place it upside down and a piece of tape over it. Put another piece of tape over the bottom part of your keyboard for accurate cleaning results next time around. Also, remember to remove your keycaps before cleaning so that you can guarantee accurate results next time around. You can also use compressed air (not too powerful as blowing off the dust) to blow out the dirt under your keys.
2. How to clean a wireless keyboard?
You can clean the keyboard by using the same methods we described above. Always remove your keycaps before cleaning them. Do not submerge your keyboard in water or any other liquid, as this will damage your wireless keyboard.
3. How to clean the too hot keyboard (e.g., both motherboard / CPU and a keyboard)?
If you have an aftermarket cooler installed on your board, you will want to pay special attention to removing dust from it or the fan (it can get dirty quickly). It is best to use a can of compressed air with an extension tube to blow out the dust in areas that are harder for you to access. Be sure not to over-utilize the air by continuously blowing out dust as this could damage your keyboard components, including your motherboard and its heat sinks. If necessary, use a vacuum cleaner or shop vacuum with an appropriate filter.