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Did you know your keyboard has 400 times as much bacteria as a toilet seat !!!
That alone is a good enough reason to clean your keyboard !
Also nobody wants to type on a grubby keyboard :P

So follow these steps to typing heaven :D

The pictures are of a Mac keyboard but this process works on all keyboards
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Step 1: Cleaning Tools

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You could just use a Q-Tip to clean your keyboard, but I decided to use a Dremel with three cleaning attachments.


Soft cotton circle,
- Good for picking up dirt between the keys

Small plastic brush,
- Gets to hard to reach places

White abrasive bit,
- Gets muck off tops of keys

Step 2: UN-PLUG IT!!

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Before you start removing keys you need to un-plug your keyboard !!

Step 3: Clean Key Tops

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I Decided to clean the tops of my keys whilst they were still attached, its easier that way because they don't move as much.

So now put the white abrasive bit in your dremel and put it to about 1/3 full power.
Now just gently brush over the keys and the dirt will be cleaned off

When you are cleaning make sure you don't hold the abrasive bit in the same place for too long or the heat will build up and you will melt a hole in the key.

Step 4: Take the Keys Out

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Now we have cleaned the tops of the keys we need to take the keys out to clean underneath.

To take the keys off a Mac keyboard slide one finger under the side of the key and gently lift upwards.
There are two small clips you have to be careful not to break when lifting the key.

When you are removing the larger buttons like the space bar, be gentle because there is a hidden metal clip as well as the two small clips.

It makes it easier to put the keys back on after if you lay them out in the right order above the keyboard.
PurpleHel1 year ago

I like to take a picture of my keyboard before I take it apart, to make it easier to put back together correctly.

Does anyone know how to pop the clear back off this style keyboard? preferably with out damaging the rest of the keyboard.
seishin3 years ago
"i switched to Dvorak and its taken me two whole days" ... LOL!
Human Being4 years ago
haha nice dremel ;)
Wehrdo5 years ago
I actually prefer Colemak.  What made me choose it instead of Dvorak was the ease of switching from qwerty.  According to Carlpax, Colemak is a little bit better than Dvorak anyway, and it is much easier to learn, so I see it as a win-win situation.
Mine was worse. I have that one and there was a fricken fly in it. And half its weight in crumbs.
lol. i think it must be almost time to clean it out again...
noahh6 years ago
One thing I know from experience, is even if some sites say you can, DONT put your keyboard in the dishwasher. It completely destroyed it.
Plasmana noahh6 years ago
Who the hell want to put their keyboard in the dishwasher??? Dishwashers are designed to wash dishes, not electronics!
Kwitmeh3 noahh5 years ago
*ahem* look at this
=SMART= (author)  noahh6 years ago
haha ok, i wouldn't do that anyway lol !
That's not even half as dirty as my mac's keyboard. It's used and someone spilled something brown and sticky on it. I don't even want to open it up!
xACIDITYx6 years ago
Nice instructable! How hard was it to go to dvorak?
=SMART= (author)  xACIDITYx6 years ago
It wasnt hard to change the keyboard, its taken me about 5 hours to learn the key layout. i would reccomend doing it though :D
ttrat =SMART=5 years ago
 don't you have to reconfigure the computers settings to switch to Dvorák?
Just wondering, why did you change? Is it easier or something, or just to look "cool"?

or geeky
=SMART= (author)  xACIDITYx6 years ago
lol, its a better layout, easier to type than Qwerty and faster too, It also reduces Repetitive strain injury. and yes lol it is geeky, i like that and its something most people cant do :D
ItsTheHobbs5 years ago
Just did this today. I have two Apple keyboards, one white and one black keys. I switched some of them around, it looks really cool.
Shagglepuff6 years ago
If your keyboard has 400 times more bacteria than your toilet, then it brings up a question;WHO'S BEEN SH*TIN ON MA KEYBOARD?!?!?!
=SMART= (author)  Shagglepuff6 years ago
wtf @ 2nd pic your key looks silly
=SMART= (author)  darth acexxacer6 years ago
what lol
3rd pic sry
=SMART= (author)  darth acexxacer6 years ago
ok lol
sw6 years ago
Your method doesn't really remove the Bacteria you talked about! Maybe spraying a little alcohol first, or wetting the buffing brush with it would do the trick!
=SMART= (author)  sw6 years ago
True, thats a good idea, ill add another step
hehe i gotta get me a dremel... and those keyboards are horrible for getting dirty quickly!! i use one of the older mac keyboards now, with the black keys on it, so it doesn't show up as much dirt :-) nice 'ible
=SMART= (author)  TheScientist6 years ago
Thanks, /o/ yea dremels rock
dr156 years ago
Thank you! It's about time I clean my keyboard...
=SMART= (author)  dr156 years ago
Haha glad you liked it :D