How to Clean Your Keyboard

If you don’t stop to clean your keyboard once in a while, you may be surprised by the crumbs, grease, dust and various kinds of debris under your keycaps. Over time, keycaps can become sticky, switches may become too sensitive or may need an extra push to respond and some switches may stop working altogether. It would be an affront to the glorious PC gaming race not to take care of your keyboard as a PC gamer, especially if it’s one of our glorious modular mechanical keyboards.

There are four steps towards cleaning a keyboard:

1. Removing Debris

This one’s fairly simple – all you have to do is tilt your keyboard upside down and slightly shake it. Loose debris should immediately fall off. For more stubborn debris, you may gently apply a vacuum cleaner or use a can of compressed air to blow away the leftover debris.

2. Cleaning the Keys

This step requires taking a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol and thoroughly brushing the crevasses between the keycaps. Next, use a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol and sweep along the tops of your keyboard’s keycaps. Make sure to thoroughly go over the most commonly used keys like WASD, arrow keys, “Spacebar” and “Enter” in order to remove solid dirt build-up.

3. Removing Keycaps

Here comes the hard part (unless you own a Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard that is)

Removing keycaps on most keyboards is done with either a screwdriver, butter knife or any other small and thin object. Simply place it underneath a keycap and gently pry it open until it pops out. With the GMMK, the built-in keycap remover in combination with the keyboard’s design reduce this commonly tedious process into a five-second task.

Once the keycaps are removed, you can wash them thoroughly to make sure they’re absolutely germ-free and leave them to dry afterward. The trenches underneath the keycaps should firstly be blown out of any leftover debris with either compressed air or an applied vacuum.
Afterward, dip a cloth in rubbing alcohol and wipe it along the inner surfaces.

4. Rebuilding the Keyboard

Once the inside’s been thoroughly cleaned of any dirt and debris, rebuilding the keyboard is the final step. Simply pop the keycaps back in place in their designated switch. Once the keycaps are popped back in place, run a dry lint-free cloth along your keyboard to make sure it’s completely dry. Finally, plug your keyboard back into your PC and test it out to make sure your newly-cleaned keycaps are working and properly responsive.

Cleaning your keyboard should be done at least once a month, especially if you’re a seasoned gamer. It’s usually a tedious task that can take up to an hour, especially if you’re not using a Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by Glorious PC Gaming Race. If you’re a passionate gamer and would like to join the Glorious PC Master Race, make sure to use promo code “NZXT-PC-HARDWARE” at checkout to get 5% off of any purchase.

Happy gaming!