How to Clean an Acer Laptop Keyboard

By Corey M. Mackenzie

Acer laptop keyboards, just like any keyboard, get grimy even under usual circumstances. Oil from your fingertips and dust from the air settle on and between the keys. In addition to these natural, unavoidable ways that keyboards get dirty, many of us eat or drink while using the computer. Particles of food or even a bit of liquid sometimes falls onto, or between, the keyboard keys. And, if you are a pet owner, you will probably accumulate a bit of fur there too. Luckily, cleaning laptop keyboards is not difficult--as long as it is done frequently and grime is not allowed to build up.

Things You'll Need

  • Canned (compressed) air
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Lint-free cloth

Step 1

Turn off the laptop. If it is plugged into an electrical outlet, unplug it.

Step 2

Take a dry, lint-free cloth and dust off the solid surfaces around the keys. Next, tilt the laptop just slightly on its side and spray compressed air between the keys.

Step 3

Tilt the keyboard slightly on its other side and spray compressed air again. Keep doing this until you've gotten as many of the dirt particles out as you can find.

Step 4

Moisten a cloth slightly with water. Wipe it gently over the keys and the areas surrounding the keys.

Step 5

Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol. Use this to clean between the keys as well as on top of particularly soiled keys.

Tips & Warnings

  • In order to keep the Acer keyboard cleaner longer, blow it with compressed air daily.If the cotton swab seems too wide to get between the keys, try flattening it first, or use a corner of the lint-free cloth. You can buy compressed air from many kinds of stores, including electronic stores, office supply stores and some discount retailers.
  • Do not wet down your Acer keyboard--only use a damp, not soaked, cloth.If you've spilled something corrosive on the keyboard, take it to a professional as soon as possible--don't try to disassemble it and clean the inside yourself.For your safety, as well as the safety of your laptop, always turn it off before cleaning.

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