Keyboards are one of the most used computer peripherals that let you input characters and functions. Food, oil, dust, sticky particles, and even germs might stay on the keyboard which can cause damage. If you're hesitant to take off the keys for cleaning, don't worry because keyboard cleaners can help.
Cleaning your keyboard is essential and should be practiced as a habit, especially if the desktop or laptop is for shared use. In this article, we've provided a buying guide and a list of the best keyboard cleaners that you can buy online.
Before buying, please note that there might be a set or a kit of different kinds of keyboard cleaners in the market or a combination of them for a more effective and deep cleaning process. Below are the different types of keyboard cleaners.
Brushes are the most common tools to remove keyboard dust. They vary in size, shape, and bristle texture. For easy cleaning with just few sweeps, a big round or flat brush is for you. But, if you're going to clean the gaps of their keys thoroughly, using a small flat brush is recommended as it can fit the openings.
Deciding between soft brush bristle and stiff brush bristle when buying will also affect your cleaning process and the keyboard. A soft brush is easy to use as it is flexible - it follows the brush's movement smoothly.
On the other hand, a hard brush is also useful in sweeping dust easily, but keep in mind that it might be challenging to use if you want to use it for hard-to-reach areas. Also, when using a hard brush, make sure to clean the keyboard lightly and not harshly so that the keyboard's function will not get affected.
Suppose you want to go for deeper cleaning. In that case, vacuum cleaners and air dusters are perfect for you, especially if you don't know how to detach and attach the keys or don't want to risk taking them off.
A vacuum cleaner sucks not only solid particles but also wet particles. It is perfect for those who do not have much time to clean their keyboards. It saves energy, and exerting effort is not required as you have to move it on top of the keyboard, and it automatically does its job.
It is also a perfect tool for those people who often eat while using their laptop or desktop. However, aim for a vacuum cleaner designed mainly for keyboards, as regular vacuum cleaners might be too strong and might even remove the keys.
An air duster is also known as "canned air." It is a bottle-type cleaner, similar to a spray paint's bottle. It has a straw on its head where the air comes out after pressing.
To use it properly, aim the straw sideways on your keyboard and press it only a few times, as the air might be too strong and might pop off the keys. Do not press the duster upside down to avoid liquid coming out. Also, you can gently tap out the keyboard repeatedly for the specks of dirt to fall off.
An air duster and a vacuum cleaner are a great combo for cleaning a keyboard as the air duster loosens sticky crumbs and dirt, and the vacuum cleaner sucks it.
A gel is a soft and gooey tool to clean your keyboard in a fun way. You have to put or roll it gently on the keyboard, and the dirt and dust will stick on it. However, it should not sit on the keyboard for a long time because it might ooze inside or under the keys, so keep it moving or rolling.
The gel's service life depends on how dirty your keyboard is. Most of the gels in the market are not washable, but it can be used multiple times as long as it is not yet too dirty. It will not be effective when its color gets darker after using, meaning the gel itself is dirty. That's when you'll need to buy a new one.
If you don't want to buy a new one when your gel gets dirty, washable gels are available too. They are made with washable glue and are more efficient than the non-washable ones.
Germs and viruses are the biggest threat in people's lives nowadays, so disinfecting is necessary. It might be tiring, especially for lazy people to disinfect. It needs a thorough and detailed cleaning, but as the saying goes, "better safe than sorry."
When disinfecting the keyboard, disinfectant wipes are the most recommended wipes. If ever you can't find them in the market, there will always be an alternative product, but make sure that it does not include bleach as an ingredient to avoid keyboard damage and harmful effects on you. A cloth and rubbing alcohol is also effective.
However, keep in mind to apply alcohol on the fabric, not directly on the keyboard. Also, the material should not be soaked as the liquid can cause damage. Popping off the keys is also a safe method to disinfect the inside using a cotton swab with a little bit of rubbing alcohol on it.
As there are various types of keyboard cleaners in the market, we've gathered and ranked the best keyboard cleaners that you can buy online. Also, for better and more effective cleaning, you can partner one keyboard cleaner with other ones.
|Size||7.2cm x 11.5cm x 7.2cm|
|Features||Natural Fragrance, Not Easy to Detoriate|
|Size||13.8 x 4.5 x 8.8 inches|
|Features||No Bleach, Kills Bacteria, Germs, and Viruses in Just 30 Seconds|
|Features||3 In 1 Designs, Strong Wind Power, Long Durability, Repeatedly Usable Filter Net, Cordless and Compact Vacuum|
|Features||No Chemical, Anti-Pollution, No Inhalant Abuse|
|Capacity||Not Applicable but 8 Pieces|
|Size||Not Specified Different Sizes|
|Features||Anti-static, Clean Sensitive Electronics, 8 Pieces|
|Features||Kills 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria, Eliminate Germs and Odors|
|Features||Removes Dust, Lint, Dirt, 100 % Ozone Safe|
|Features||Flipcover System, HEPA Filter, Rechargeable, Portable|
Dust Cleaner Slimy Gel Wiper
|Features||Strong Viscosity and Toughness, Debris and Dirt Adhesive|
|Size||Approx. 18.5cm x 2cm|
|Features||2-in-1 Mini Brush and Dust Pan, Can Fit Gaps of Keyboard, Portble|
Soft Gel Cleaner
Mini Vacuum Cleaner
Electric Air Duster for Keyboard Cleaning
Anti-Static Brush Tool Set
Germ Protection Wipes
Dust Off Electronic Duster
Mini Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Super Clean Slime
Natural Vegetable Gel for Fun and Effective Cleaning
No-Bleach Disinfecting Wipes for Rapid Killing of Germs and Viruses
3-in-1 Mini Vacuum Cleaner and Blower for Multipurpose Use
Electric Air Duster for Anti-Pollution Usage
8-Piece Brush Set for Detailed Keyboard Cleaning
Disinfecting Wipes for Cleaning and Killing Germs and Bacteria in the Keyboard
100% Ozone Safe Electronic Duster for Removing Dust and Dirt from Hard to Reach Areas
Portable and Recharegable Vacuum Cleaner for Suctioning Dirt
Gooey Keyboard Cleaner for Cleaning Concave and Convex Seams
Mini 2-in-1 Brush with Dustpan for Easy Dust Cleaning
|Type||Gel||Disinfecting Wipes||Vacuum||Air Duster||Brush||Disinfectant Wipes||Duster||Vacuum||Gel||Brush|
|Capacity||Not Specified||35 Pulls||Not Specified||Not Applicable||Not Applicable but 8 Pieces||50 Pulls||109ml||100ml||Not Specified||Not Applicable|
|Size||7.2cm x 11.5cm x 7.2cm||13.8 x 4.5 x 8.8 inches||18.4 ×6.3cm||7.1 inch||Not Specified Different Sizes||Not Specified||Not Specified||69.5mm*57.5mm*265mm||7x6.3x6.3cm/2.75x2.48x2.48"||Approx. 18.5cm x 2cm|
|Weight||0.2kg||4.7 pounds||Not Specified||Not Specified||110 g||Not Specified||Not Specified||485g||Not Specified||Not Specified|
|Watts||Not Applicable||Not Applicable||≥ 35W||10 watts||Not Applicable||Not Applicable||Not Applicable||60 watts||Not Applicable||Not Applicable|
|Features||Natural Fragrance, Not Easy to Detoriate||No Bleach, Kills Bacteria, Germs, and Viruses in Just 30 Seconds||3 In 1 Designs, Strong Wind Power, Long Durability, Repeatedly Usable Filter Net, Cordless and Compact Vacuum||No Chemical, Anti-Pollution, No Inhalant Abuse||Anti-static, Clean Sensitive Electronics, 8 Pieces||Kills 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria, Eliminate Germs and Odors||Removes Dust, Lint, Dirt, 100 % Ozone Safe||Flipcover System, HEPA Filter, Rechargeable, Portable||Strong Viscosity and Toughness, Debris and Dirt Adhesive||2-in-1 Mini Brush and Dust Pan, Can Fit Gaps of Keyboard, Portble|
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Cleaning your keyboard should be done at least once a week and should be disinfected at least once a day with the proper tools. When using any kinds of keyboard cleaners, make sure to use it carefully and correctly to not damage the keyboard.
Author: Roel Pillas Malubay
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