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Cleaning Your Keyboard

Over time, your keyboard accumulates dust, crumbs (if you eat and work, as many computer users do), and other small bits of debris, which can cause keys to stick or make your keys slightly harder to press. The easiest method you can employ to clean your keyboard of these small bits of debris is simply to turn it over so that the keys are facing down toward your desktop and shake your keyboard firmly. Don't shake it hard enough to jar loose your keys, but give it a few good shakes to clear out the crumbs and other small particles.

If you have the misfortune of accidentally spilling a liquid on your keyboard, such as a soda or other soft drink, you may quickly discover that the sugar or other sweetener causes your keys to become sticky. If this happens, immediately stop what you're doing. Save any work you're doing and shut down your PC. Unplug your keyboard and take it to an empty sink. Soda and other liquids can be easily removed using rubbing alcohol. Take a bottle of alcohol out of your medicine cabinet and slowly pour it into the keyboard in about the same area where the spill occurred. The alcohol does not harm the electrical contacts in your keyboard and does a fairly good job of cleaning the spilled liquid. You may need to use more than one bottle of alcohol. You can usually tell when you have completely cleaned your keyboard by simply pressing the keys to check whether they still feel sticky. Just make sure that you allow sufficient time for the alcohol to dry (evaporate) before you plug your keyboard back in to your PC and begin using it again.


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