By Steve Bass
Cleaning Gunky, Dirty Keyboards
My keyboard’s always catching junk — dust, bread crumbs, and unidentifiable schmutz. I know for a fact that a clean keyboard lets me type faster and more intelligently, and more important, lets me finish this newsletter more quickly.
My method is simple: I use a tissue and rubbing alcohol to remove the grime that builds up on the keys. To get rid of all the loose gunk, I take the keyboard outside and blast it with a can of air. It’s one of those low-cost ways to feel like you’ve accomplished something important.
On those rare occasions when I’m feeling ambitious, I remove the four screws at the bottom of my way too expensive Avant Stellar keyboard, detach the keyboard from the case, and use the air can there, too. Try it if you have the courage — and the handyman skills.
And if you tip a bottle of beer onto the keyboard, some people recommend you try popping it into the dishwasher.
Newfangled Keyboard Cleaning
When I was at CES, the consumer electronics show, I found another keyboard cleaning trick.
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