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Cleaning Apple Keyboards in the Lab

You guys are so great at cleaning the Apple keyboards in the lab that they're breaking! :)

Don't try this at home...

Seriously though, I've discovered over the last couple weeks that 4 or 5 of the Apple keyboards are malfunctioning or not functioning at all, and I am pretty sure it is from our aggressive cleaning. To prevent our keyboards from future damage but to also keep them clean, please observe the following guidelines:

- Take care that liquid and moisture do not penetrate behind the keys into the aluminum casing.
- If the wipe you're using is particularly moist, wipe lightly and scrub or dry with a paper towel. Don't press it so hard that the moisture soaks behind the keys.
- Try using a cleaning method other than a disinfectant wipe, such as rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. Rubbing alcohol works well because it evaporates quickly so it won't cause the same water damage.

Industrial strength paper towels, rubbing alcohol, and the disinfectant wipes are all at your disposal. Check in the cabinet behind your work computer, or in the supply closet on the right side of the shelves.

Thank you for your help preserving our keyboards while keeping them clean!


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 7th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
Sounds good! I've noticed that the air pressure thing works really well for the keyboards but I think it's running low... maybe we can order another can or two?

-Hannah I
Jun. 9th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Keyboards
Good point, Hannah! There should be more compressed air cans in the supply closet. I'll put them in the cupboard behind your work station.
Jun. 10th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Keyboards
Just tried cleaning the keyboard with the compressed air cans and it was very effective on the old Microsoft keyboards!
Jun. 10th, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Keyboards
great! good to hear
Jun. 7th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
Also, when it comes to cleaning the computer screens (particularly the Macs) I've noticed some have streaks on them from people wiping them off with the wet towelettes, and the streaks are really hard to get off so maybe we can post a little sign asking patrons to please not clean the screens, but to ask us to do it for them? That way they won't get ruined with the streak-y wetness.

-hannah I
Jun. 9th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: P.S.
Another good point. I noticed those streaks as well. Interesting that they're coming from patrons...
Jul. 11th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
got it!
Aug. 26th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)

Hannah b
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