What's The Best Way To Keep A Keyboard Clean?

Posted by James Oakley on


Some computer keyboards harbour more harmful bacteria than a toilet seat, research has suggested.

Our chemist tests at its London offices found equipment carrying bugs that could cause food poisoning. Out of 33 keyboards swabbed, four were regarded as a potential health hazard and one harboured five times more germs than one of the office’s toilet seats. Microbiologist Dr Peter Wilson said a keyboard was often “a reflection of what is in your nose and in your gut”. During the Which? tests in January this year, a microbiologist deemed one of the office’s keyboards to be so dirty he ordered it to be removed, quarantined and cleaned. It had 150 times the recommended limit for bacteria – five times as filthy as a lavatory seat tested at the same time, the research found.


If you are unable to use a preventative mechanism as the covers described, then I suggest simple habits like the following, as they seem to work pretty well for me:

Wash your hands before working with your keyboard — this keeps loose dirt from falling off, mixing with your sweat, and turning into grime. Also, if you use your keyboard for prolonged periods of time, take breaks to simply go wash your hands of naturally occurring oil buildup. If you feel your fingers slightly oily on your keys, go wash your hands.
Don’t eat or drink over and near your keyboard. This really goes for anything crumbs that can fall off. Most people refuse to do this, and it’s the number 1 cause of buildup under your keys.
Try to touch-type with your fingers more raised rather than resting… like how typing teachers always preach. The pecking motion will prevent a lot of the transfer of dirt to your keyboard because it minimizes time and area of contact.
Keep your hands dry. The raised finger “pecking” mentioned in #3 will improve airflow to your hands and dry them naturally, but you can also use a napkin, shirt sleeves, pant legs etc to dry your hands.
If you’re really having trouble, consider wearing some thin gloves while you type or maybe even some coating on your fingertips like Elmer’s white school glue. This sounds a bit too far to me, but some people really hate dirt. I’m not gonna judge you!


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