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How to keep laptop keyboard fresh/clean?

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How to keep laptop keyboard fresh/clean?

Hi all,

Just wondering how do those who frequently use laptops keep the keyboard fresh and clean? I'm in the market for a new laptop, and I know that after a few months the keys will start to get a little "greasy". Is wiping with a mildly wet cloth sufficient? Unlike desktops, I won't have the luxury to just acquire a new keyboard.
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I use the disinfect wipes or hand wipes but a damp rag will do as well. Just make sure they're damp but not dripping. NPR did a study in 2006 and found that disinfect wipes work well and had no effect on keyboards. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/sto ... Id=5364714 Laptops have a membrane under the keyboard so unless it's cracked and worn from age you can be free to clean away without worry. For desktop I also use a can of compressed air but with most keyboards being chiclet style it's not really necessary.
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there are laptop keyboard skins/covers you can buy. just make sure you get the right one for your model of laptop.
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for desktop just place the keyboard upside down then tap it onto the desk and release a crapload of fun stuff from between the keys.
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just don't eat drink around it.
and don't watch 'funny' stuff
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I have a Dell laptop that will let you replace the keyboard. Before buying a laptop maybe check if you can replace the keyboard. I replaced my English/French keyboard with a backlit English keyboard for about $40 from eBay. I love my keyboard now.
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Awesome, thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely check out keyboard replacements.
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I forgot to mention that for my Dell laptop, there are about 5 little indents all around the keyboard where you can stick the head of a flathead screwdriver (the ones used for eyeglasses) to pop out the keyboard. You just have to unplug the ribbon cable and plug in the new keyboard. My non-backlit keyboard had 1 ribbon cable but the backlit keyboard had 2 cables (I guess the other one is for power). I watched some YouTube videos before I did it.
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I try to wash my hands before using my laptop to prolong how clean it lasts in addition to a weekly disinfectant wipe down. I wouldn't recommend a keyboard cover unless you have drinks nearby since the greasy cover usually leaves prints on the display when closed.
If you frequently dock your computer to a monitor I recommend using an external keyboard to reduce wear on the internal.
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talking about keyboard regardless laptop or for desktop..u wont believe until you see it..esp at work...I have seen a lot of disgusting keyboards..dont understand how the individual can stand for it..

I clean my keyboard first thing in the morning on each Monday...
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fancypantsfloyd wrote: Hi all,

Just wondering how do those who frequently use laptops keep the keyboard fresh and clean? I'm in the market for a new laptop, and I know that after a few months the keys will start to get a little "greasy". Is wiping with a mildly wet cloth sufficient? Unlike desktops, I won't have the luxury to just acquire a new keyboard.
konsensei wrote: just don't eat drink around it.
and don't watch 'funny' stuff
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This, plus having clean hands when you use it helps. Wipes like others have mentioned or you can get a mini spray bottle from the dollar store, a microfiber cloth and rubbing alcohol 50% or 70% and just fill the bottle, dilute with some water, spray on rag (make sure laptop is off) and wipe down the keys. Thats what I do, no grease and no residue plus what @konsensei said also helps keep food/drink and funky stuff away.
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konsensei wrote: just don't eat drink around it.
and don't watch 'funny' stuff
Exactly!

But, if you have oily palms, gg your keyboard.
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jechin1 wrote: I try to wash my hands before using my laptop to prolong how clean it lasts in addition to a weekly disinfectant wipe down. I wouldn't recommend a keyboard cover unless you have drinks nearby since the greasy cover usually leaves prints on the display when closed.
If you frequently dock your computer to a monitor I recommend using an external keyboard to reduce wear on the internal.
you can always take off the cover before closing the lid
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just take it outside spray down with the hose.. hahahaa j/k j/k

buy replacement keyboards. or use an external keyboard.
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