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How to Properly Clean Your Mechanical Keyboard


 Believe it or not, our fancy mechanical keyboard can get dirty too and need to clean! If you use your daily chances are you will need to clean it up at some point. And while most online guides do a good job of explaining that cleaning mechanical keyboards is pretty easy and quick. So here it is.


Clean Mechanical Keyboard – Regular Maintenance

First, we want to emphasize that you need to clean the mechanical keyboard regularly with or without a cleaning kit. This way you are guaranteed to last for many years. 


Fortunately, routine maintenance of the mechanical keyboard is supposedly very simple and consists of only a few steps. Before you begin however make sure the keyboard is not plugged in.


Use Vacuum to Mechanical Keyboard

Remove dust from the mechanical keyboard using a vacuum (handheld). Be sure to pass all the keys and do not press hard on the vacuum hose. If possible use an anti-static vacuum cleaner.


Use a microfiber cloth to wipe the entire keyboard. The fabric should be slightly damp. You can also go with a disposable cleaning wipe.


Dry the keyboard with another cloth. Although it is a very common phenomenon avoid using paper towels as they tend to leave particles on the keyboard.


Here are some simple steps to keep your computer game setting clean and give your mechanical keyboard the solid lifespan that all deserves good perimeter:


· Disconnect the keyboard and turn it over to shake crumbs or dirt.

· Using a handheld vacuum or connecting the tube of your upright vacuum with a brush head remove dust from the mechanical keyboard. Slide in and cover the spaces between the keys. Be gentle and avoid damage from pushing the hose firmly into your keyboard.

· If you try to disinfect or remove stains, moisten a microfiber cloth (you can dilute a little isopropyl alcohol with water) and gently wipe the entire keyboard. Using a disposable wipe is also fine but do not use harsh cleaners and never spray a cleaning solution directly on the keyboard. Wipe the cloth on the top of the keyboard between the keys and along each side of the frame.

· Using another clean dry cloth wipe off any remaining moisture.

· This damp cloth method also works well to clean the keyboard armrest and gaming mouse pad.


For deeper cleaning (recommended every two months for optimal performance) or to deal with sticky keys:


Keycap Cleaning

· Disconnect the keyboard. Using the keycap removal tool for cleaning included in your Element box remove all small keys. For larger keyboard keyboards you can use the key removal tool but be sure to remove the keyboard from the stabilizer – use both hands to stabilize the key and pull the key from the stabilizer mechanism as perpendicular to the keyboard surface as possible.

· Put all the keys in a container of hot water and dish soap and let them soak for several hours.

· After removing the keypad keys, clean the keyboard frame using a vacuum with the brush connection or compressed air to remove dust, dirt debris hair etc. Use a damp cloth or cotton swab to carefully clean around the mechanical keyboard switches.

· Wipe with a clean dry cloth and allow the keyboard frame to dry completely. Remove the keys from the water and dry well with a clean cloth.

· Replace the keypad using the diagram below for reference. Align the correct keys and push down on the keypad to seat it firmly in the mechanical switch. The same goes for the larger keypad keys with stabilizers – use multiple fingers to push the keyboard down into the stabilizer firmly.