The problem with laptops is that, as a result of their portability, they tend to get quite a bit of use outside of your typical computing environment. As a result, their keyboards tend to be subjected to a lot more dirt and grime than usual. Unfortunately, the fact that the keyboard’s embedded in the system makes cleaning it something of a chore compared to cleaning an ordinary keyboard.
1. Remove the Keys: Using a knife or other sharp, thin object, gently pop each of your keys out of the dock. Take care to apply even pressure to them (push under each side one after the other), and don’t force them if there’s too much resistance. Store them all in the same place. If you desperately need to, you can remove the larger keys like the spacebar, shift key, and return keys, but they may be somewhat difficult to put back in place if you do.
2: Clean the Keys: Use water or a simple cleaning solution on the keys themselves. Use a clean, soft cloth to scrub them and make sure to dry them after the fact.
3. Air Dusting: Once you’ve got the keys off, your first step is to get rid of any loose particles of waste such as food or dust. Use an air duster to clear out the area where the keys were snapped in before actually cleaning it.
4. Clean the Key Docks: Using a solution like electronics cleaner, dab it on a soft cloth. Take care not to use too much or you risk damaging your system. Gently wipe down the keyboard, taking care to dry everything off before you put the keys back on.
5. Replace the keys:Pretty straightforward. Snap each of the keys back into place, taking care not to force them. You should be able to press each one down gently until you hear a clicking sound.
That’s all there is to it! Enjoy your clean keyboard.
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