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Top 10 Best Keyboard Cleaners to Buy Online 2020

Raise your hand if you can’t stop eating at your desk. (Over half of us here are guilty of that crime.) Over time, dust accumulates. Oils accumulate. Cheetos powder and Doritos flakes and Oreo crumbs accumulate. Before you know it, there’s enough gunk and goo under your keyboard keys to give birth to another Flubber.

And you haven’t got the most delicate of movements, so you don’t trust yourself to pop off the keys for a good cleaning–that is, without breaking anything. (We feel you.) So we came up with a list of easier, less risky keyboard cleaning alternatives and a guide to help you figure out which cleaner is right for you.
  • Last updated: 12-12-2019
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How to Choose a Keyboard Cleaner – Buying Guide

Your keyboard isn’t getting any cleaner as you’re reading this. In fact, it’s probably getting dirtier. So let’s get to it and talk about what cleaner will work best for you.

The Type of Cleaner Depends on How Dirty Your Keys Are

Depending on how bad the mess under your keys is, you’ll have to use one of four main types of cleaners: goo, brushes, blowers, and hand-held vacuums. You can also use any two or three in conjunction–attacking your keyboard with blowers first to dislodge dirt, for example, and then using slime to clean up any remains.

To Pick Up Moderate Amounts of Gunk: Brushes and Goo

To Pick Up Moderate Amounts of Gunk: Brushes and Goo
If you are looking to clean your keys before they become a hot sticky mess, then you can go for a goo or brush cleaner. Neither have the power to dislodge anything that’s stuck deep or firmly underneath your keys; however, both are quick and easy to use.
Brushes are good for daily maintenance, picking out any dust or particles that get into your keys before they have a chance to build up. With brushes, though, you want to make sure the bristles aren’t too rough or stiff, or you could the run the risk of scratching your keys.
Goo’s great because it traps all the debris inside itself–so you don’t need to flick things out of your keyboard only to have to flick them off your desk. Just know that once it’s saturated with gunk, you’ll have to toss the slime and buy a new pack.

To Dislodge Deep-Set Stuff: Hand-Held Vacuums and Blowers

To Dislodge Deep-Set Stuff: Hand-Held Vacuums and Blowers
With a powerful blast of air, you can dislodge gunk from deep within the labyrinth of your keys. For that, there are blowers powered by electric motors. They’re powerful–to the point that you may want to use them outside, with a pair of safety goggles and a mask to protect you from the dust and chip bits that are going to be peppering your face.
Though more expensive, we do recommend electric blowers over cans of compressed air, especially if you’re concerned about the environment. Most of these cans utilize hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are a potent greenhouse gas. Tetrafluoroethane, a common HFC, has a global warming potential (GWP) of 1,200, whereas CO2 has a GWP of 1.
Vacuums are good because they suck dust up instead of poofing them back into the air. However, before use, make sure your keyboard doesn’t have any keys that pop off easily. Vacuums are also shunned because they run up the risk of electrostatic discharge (ESD), which can zap your electronics. However, most keyboards don’t have many sensitive components, so it’s not as big of an issue.

To Get into Nooks and Crannies: Does the Cleaner Have Customizable Parts?

To Get into Nooks and Crannies: Does the Cleaner Have Customizable Parts?
Many brushes come in sets or at least with multiple tips. These include big, soft, round brushes for quick dusting and fine points for more precise work. Some may even have silicone or rubber scrapers for more stubborn gunk.
Vacuums and air blowers may also come with different nozzles–so you can deliver both big powerful blasts and smaller, more concentrated gusts between keys.

For Extra Piece of Mind, Make Sure it Disinfects

For Extra Piece of Mind, Make Sure it Disinfects
You may have blown away the visible gunk. But, as it is with most things, the biggest danger is what you can’t see–the germs and bacteria that are still lurking between the keys.
Normally, we’d just recommend you finish up the job with Lysol or Clorox wipes. However, if you want to save yourself some trouble, then look for cleaners that have sterilizing agents. Alcohols such as ethanol are popular and effective disinfectants.

Top 10 Best Keyboard Cleaners to Buy Online

Have you got an idea of what you’re looking for? Because it’s time to jump into ten cleaners we think will do a pretty decent job ridding your keyboard of gunk.

10. USHONK USB Mini Vacuum Cleaner

$10.99

9. ieGeek Magic PC Laptop Computer Keyboard Cleaner Set

$0.00

8. APBFH 6 in 1 Plastic Anti-Static Cleaning Keyboard Brush Kit

$9.37

7. Metro Vacuum MDV-1BA DataVac Pro 4.5 Computer Vac/Blower

$93.99

6. MECO Keyboard Cleaner with Cleaning Gel

$19.99

5. PANDACASHBACK Laptop Cleaner Brush for Laptop Screen and Keyboard

$0.00

3. OXO Good Grips Electronics Cleaning Brush

$4.95

2. Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac Electric Blower Duster

$0.00

Summary

Most of us live at our desks, our hands glued to our keyboards. So we owe it to ourselves to keep the keys clean. While you may still need to pry apart and soak your keyboard for a thorough cleaning, if you use the tools above to regularly maintain your workspace, you’ll be set for a long time.

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