How To Clean A Keyboard Without Removing Keys?

How to clean a keyboard without removing keys

If you are a frequent laptop or computer user, your keyboard is surely one of the dirtiest places in the house. While this wouldn’t be your fault, a dusty keyboard can disturb the keyboard sensors and keys. If your keyboard is dusty, you may need to find a way to clean it. If you’ve used our keyboard tester and discovered that the keys aren’t working, your keyboard may need a cleanup.

Cleaning these electronic devices can be a hard job, but it’s the need of the hour at times. If you want to clean your laptop or external keyboard without removing the keys, here’s how you can do it. 

Cleaning An External Keyboard

If your spacebar clicking doesn’t work, follow the simple steps below to clean your external keyboard. Before your start, you will need three things including cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol, and a clean microfiber. A can of compressed air may also be useful in blowing the dust away from hard-to-reach areas. 

  1. First, unplug your keyboard from the laptop/PC socket to stop the flow of current. 
  2. Flip the keyboard upside down to make any loose debris or dust fall off. You can use a can of compressed air to blow the dust and debris away. 
  3. Now use a damp cotton swab rubbed with alcohol to clean the area around the keyboard keys. 
  4. You may use a toothpick to gently clean any debris stuck in stubborn areas. 
  5. Then rub alcohol on a wet towel, it should be wet, not dripping. Use this to clean the top and sides of your keys. 
  6. Finally, use a lint-free cloth to remove any remaining dust. Then polish the keyboard. 

Cleaning The Laptop Keyboard

If you’ve tried our keyboard clicker tool to test the keyboard for functionality and found that it’s not working, you can use the method given below to remove dust. Before you can clean the keyboard, you’ll be needing disinfection wipes and cleaning slime, or clear tape. You may use a compressed air can if you like. 

  1. Turn your laptop off and unplug it from the power source. You may also remove the battery if that’s possible. 
  2. Turn your laptop upside down to remove any loose dust and debris. If you have a compressed air can at hand, you can use it at this step to remove additional dirt.
  3. If you decide to use clear tape, clean the dust and debris with the sticky side of the tape. You can also stick the tape around and under the keys to clean in depth. If you’re using slime, drag the slime over the keyboard and press it repeatedly between key spaces to pick up dust and dirt as you go along. 
  4. Then use disinfecting wipes while applying light pressure to wipe off the tops of the keys. Make sure to squeeze the wipes to remove excess moisture. 
  5. Finally, use a dry towel or cloth to wash off the last hints of dust. 


Even though it may seem like a hard job, cleaning your keyboard is essential once in a while. This will bring your keyboard back to its regular functionality. So use the method above to give your keyboard an in-depth cleaning.