Tip for your computer keyboard

@Canellita (12059)
United States
July 30, 2009 4:26pm CST
Did you know you can clean most of the dust and lint from between the keys on your computer's keyboard by sliding a bit of double sided tape between the keys? It works great!
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@ElicBxn (60083)
• United States
1 Aug 09
I've used the tip of a clay carving tool - but I don't think the double sided would handle the cat fur and stuff in mine
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
4 Aug 09
With all the cats you have I am surprised that you don't use a vaccum.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
5 Aug 09
I would imagine you would get a lot of use out of a vaccum!
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@ElicBxn (60083)
• United States
5 Aug 09
well, with linoleum floors, sweeping works just as good as vacuuming, and takes only a little more time, but doesn't care as much if there's something wet or large on the floor...
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@mommaj (22773)
• United States
31 Jul 09
That's a really great tip. I wouldn't think that that would work. I will have to remember this because mine is always dirty. Hmmm.... Imagine that!
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Must be from all the dirt and humidity in the cave.
@mommaj (22773)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I told you I was trying to save money for some clean dirt. It's just so hard to find good quality these days. Everytime I sweep, you can't see anything for three days! I'd invite you over but the walls need to be mowed.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
1 Aug 09
You should get some tips from that guy in Colorado who is living in a cave to prove he can live without money!
@dolphin2406 (1227)
• Poland
31 Jul 09
Good idea, I never thought of that! I used to clean it with a vaacum cleaner on low speed but haven't used it lately so I need to clean all my laptop actually. Will try that, thanks for the quick tip!
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
1 Aug 09
You're welcome! I keep meaning to get that special attachment for use on comupter keyboards or one of the mini vaccums for computers.
• Poland
1 Aug 09
well I don't have a mini vacuum either but I have a small attachment with the vacuum and open a slot so some air goes out and there is not much suction on the keyboard, it works fine as well.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
4 Aug 09
Well, I don't have carpet so I use a broom vac and it doesn't have a hose. The computer ones are not expensive I just forget from time to time.
@nuar_y (279)
• Malaysia
31 Jul 09
Wow really!! I've never ever heard this kind of tips before. Gonna try it soon because there's a lot of things under my keyboard. Heheheh.....
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Yeah, you never think about anything under those keys until you hitt one while typing and it doesn't go down easily.
@nuar_y (279)
• Malaysia
1 Aug 09
Urgh!! Did it, and, oh my... I found dried flies down there! Hahaha... I need to do cleanup more often.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
1 Aug 09
Oh my gosh! Maybe you need one of those little computer vaccums.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Thank you for the tip, Canellita. I usually use a special soft brush or the edge of a baby wipe between the keys, but will have to give the double-edeged tape a try. Karen
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Hmmm, a baby wipe... I may have to try that one. Keep those in the bathroom to clean up after #2, lol. Sorry, I am sure that was TMI!
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• United States
31 Jul 09
LOL, don't tell anyone, but I do the same thing...a tip I learned years ago from my mom.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Your secret is safe with me! LOL
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Aug 09
What a terrfic idea! I need to clean between my keys and will check it out! How did you think of that? I have double-sided tape and it is stored near my computer even. Thanks for the great tip!
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
4 Aug 09
I think I read it somewhere.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
4 Aug 09
Tried it, works great! Cat came along, shook himself, need to do it again!
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
5 Aug 09
That is too funny!
@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
31 Jul 09
I didn't know that. Super cool..I have always been using tissue papers to slot through in between the keys and it can be a bit of a hassle.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
31 Jul 09
ooh! Tissue papers can leave more lint behind!
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
1 Aug 09
True..
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@Niah1976 (733)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
Thanks for a wonderful tip. I used to clean my keyboard with cotton buds so I can reach in between the keys.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
6 Aug 09
The buds don't leave fibers behind?
@nehaagra (849)
• Singapore
31 Jul 09
Thanx for the tip Canellita, i usually do use wipes to clean the keyboard. Next time shall try the tape method....
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
31 Jul 09
You may want to get the wide kind. I always forget to do that.
@scheng1 (24947)
• Singapore
31 Jul 09
That's a great idea! Save the time of taking out all the keys, and putting them back. Right now I'm using a laptop, the keyboard is much compact and easier to type. The speed is obviously slower than desktop, but it works well enough. The only setback is when I play online game, always die in the game!
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I hate playing certain games on the laptop because the touchpad doesn't respond well enough!
@T3hG33k (215)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I always have a can of air around but when it comes to deep cleaning I open'er up and clean it good.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I never think about it but today something said clean so I started removing all the stuff that had accumulated.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
30 Jul 09
this is great, what I do though is I take the keys off one by one and I clean in between, my keys get dirty really quickly because we have three cats and the cat hair somehow gets in between the keys as well.
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
30 Jul 09
I hadn't done it in a while and you would think I had cats in here with what came up!
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
5 Sep 09
cool, very nice tip, i will try this again next time. what i am doing here right now, is that i have a brush that i use, actually two brushes, a paint brush and a make-up brush the one that is big, and brush the sides of the keyboard. i also use cotton buds. and sometimes, i take the key off and clean what's underneath it and then put it back.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
5 Sep 09
Sounds like you have a good system that really works well for you.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
5 Sep 09
I know that tape will stick to furniture etc, so I guess I should have known it works just as well with keyboards, neat trick, and I'm sure lint roller sheets (folded over) will do the trick as well! Appreciate that!
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
5 Sep 09
Lint roller sheets might do the trick but the tape is already in small enough (and thin enough) strips to easily slip between the keys.