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How to disinfect keyboards ...


There are times when you may want to disinfect a keyboard, especially when using a public computer or one with multiple users. The difficulty in "disinfecting" keyboards is the required dwell time to disinfect isn't possible without damaging the keyboard. "Clorox" wipes generally require 3+ . minutes wet dwell time to disinfect. This amount of time will damage the plastic keyboard/keys. As in all best practices - wash your hands with soap and water for 20 sec after using a shared device and refrain from touching your face until doing so.  


According to Apple’s website, use Wipes that are safe to use on plastics. Do NOT use sprays directly on the keyboards or wipes containing bleach

  1. First turn off the computer, unplug the power cord and remove the battery if cleaning a wireless or portable keyboard.
  2. Squeeze out excess liquid before using the wipe. Don’t allow the liquid from the wipe to remain on the area too long. Using light, gentle strokes, wipe the keyboard first with a disinfecting wipe. Wipe again with a damp, soft, lint-free cloth, such as microfiber.
  3. Dry with another soft, lint-free cloth.


(Source: June 2016