Gamers spent a considerable amount of time on their PCs, and that is a pretty obvious fact. Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, it has been advised to put ample focus on sanitation and disinfecting the stuff around you. While people do take precautions regarding a lot of stuff, they often forget about their keyboard and mouse. Most germs find their way via our hands, and we often don’t wash our hands before using our peripherals. This makes our peripherals a breeding place for a number of germs and that is something should be taken care of. Moreover, if multiple people use your peripherals, it makes the situation worse. Here is how to disinfect and sanitize your keyboard and mouse:-
How to Sanitize and Disinfect your keyboard?
For membrane keyboards-
- Unplug your keyboard
- To clean membrane keyboards, you need compressed air and rubbing alcohol. First off, start with the can of compressed air. Tilt your keyboard to the sides and blow compressed air on the sides of your keyboard. Once that’s done, move to the areas between the keys and ensure all the loose dust particles between them is blown away.
- If you have disinfectant wipes, you can use them to wipe the top of your keyboard. Make sure you don’t keep rubbing the same side of the wipe after it gets dirty
- Next up, we are going to use a cotton swab or sponge along with the rubbing alcohol. Dip the sponge or swab in rubbing alcohol and wipe the keys and its sides with it. This will get rid of all the remaining dirt between the keys.
- Finally, you can clean the rest of the keyboard with rubbing alcohol to make sure everything is clean.
For mechanical keyboards-
- Unplug your keyboard
- If you have a mechanical keyboard, you can clean your keyboard better. First off, start by taking out the keycap of your keyboard using a keycap puller.
- Use disinfectant wipes or a clean cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean the keyboard.
- As far as the keycaps are concerned, you need denture tablets or dish soap to properly clean them. Put the keycaps in a container with warm water and add soap or denture tablets.
- Make sure you dry the keycaps properly before plugging them back in.
- If you don’t want to take out your keycaps, you can use the same process as we used for membrane keyboards
How to Sanitize and Disinfect your mouse?
- Unplug your mouse
- Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off your mouse completely first
- Next, you need isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. Dip a cotton swab in it and use it to clean the small spaces in your mouse. Make sure you the flip the mouse over and clean the underneath of the mouse properly as well.
- After you are done with your mouse, make sure you clean your mousepad as well. Use a tub and pour some warm water. Add dish soap to it and dip the mousepad in it. Use a sponge to rub it off completely. Once you’re done, take it out and dry it.
That’s all you need to know about cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting your keyboard and mouse. Do keep in mind that this is very important if you take into considerations the recent scenario. So make sure you take out some time to take care of your peripherals as well.