The Ultimate Keyboard Cleaning Quiz

The Ultimate Keyboard Cleaning Quiz
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About This Quiz

A dirty keyboard is more than just an esthetic issue: It can be a health problem, because it carries evidence of everything we do with our hands. Learn how to prevent the spread of keyboard bacteria by taking this quiz.
What is the most common form of inputting information into a computer?
voice-command
mouse
keyboard
The most common device is the computer keyboard.

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Which of the following will probably show the most signs of use?
mouse
The mouse and the keyboard will usually show the most signs of use and abuse.
screen
on button

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According to recent studies, what is the more likely source of infection?
toilet seat
keyboard
A study in 2008 showed that keyboards had significantly more bacteria than either toilet seats or door handles.
toilet door handle

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Other than germs on peripherals, what other problem can eating at your desk cause?
keyboard malfunction
Crumbs or fluids spilt on a keyboard can cause it to stop working.
unpleasant work environment
extra cleaning work

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Where does a keyboard usually collect dirt?
on the return key
on the space bar
between the keys
The gutters and crevices between and under the keys gather dust, hair and crumbs.

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What is the simplest way to remove dirt from the keyboard?
Blow on it a few times.
Flip it upside down and shake it.
Turn off the computer and shake the keyboard after turning it upside down.
Use a screwdriver to poke between the keys.

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How would you begin to deal with stubborn dirt under the keys?
remove the keys
WD-10
canned air
Most of it can be dislodged by using a gas duster, also known as "canned air".

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Assuming the canned air doesn't work, should you try an air compressor used for car tires?
only in short bursts
absolutely not
Sure, if you want to blow the keys away or spray the keyboard with chemicals that may be in the air -- so, no air compressors.
only when using a mask

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Blowing air didn't help, can I use a Dust Buster vacuum cleaner?
not a good idea
Using vacuums designed for furniture or carpets can rip off the keys or fry the keyboard electronics with static electricity.
great idea
only the original Black & Decker model

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And now what can you do if the dirt is still there?
mild solution of soap and water
dental floss
vacuum cleaner designed for computers
There are a number of cleaning tools available, such as special brushes and specially designed computer vacuum cleaners.

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Can a regular keyboard be cleaned in a dishwasher?
It can be if you use a low heat cycle.
It may get cleaned, but will probably be damaged.
Any regular keyboard will probably be irreparably damaged by the onslaught of heat and water. There are a few special keyboards are guaranteed dishwasher safe.
A washing machine will do the job better.

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After removing the dust and crumbs, what can you do about the grease and germs.
Use a spray or wipe designed to clean and sanitize computer equipment.
You could use sprays or wipes designed to clean and disinfect computer peripherals.
Benzene will remove the grease and germs.
Spray regular household cleaner on the keyboard.

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Other than specialized sprays and wipes what else can be safely used to remove grime from a keyboard?
10 percent solution of pure acetone
vinegar
50-50 mixture of tap water and isopropyl alcohol
A 50-50 mixture of tap water and isopropyl alcohol (which is an antiseptic) will do the job.

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Why not simply remove the keys of a keyboard to clean them and the keyboard?
Keys cannot be removed.
You could break the keys.
Although the keys can usually be removed, this is an extremely delicate process and should be used only as an absolute last resort. Remember, you could irreparably damage the keyboard.
Good idea -- if they broke you could glue them back.

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If using approved cleaning liquids, what is the best way to clean the keys?
a wet paper towel
a dampened microfiber cloth
Dampen a microfiber cloth and work carefully to prevent the liquid from running under the keys.
spray carefully onto the keys

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Can cotton swabs help in the cleaning process?
Use cotton swabs to clean your fingers before working.
They are of no use.
Dampen cotton swabs in alcohol, then clean between the keys.
Cotton swabs dampened with isopropyl alcohol can help clean between the keys.

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Is it a good idea to remove a laptop battery before using liquids to clean the keyboard?
It is not recommended to remove a laptop battery.
Yes, this will prevent shock.
Removing a laptop battery will prevent shock.
There are no dangers involved in cleaning a laptop with a battery in it.

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Is there any problem with using cotton swabs to clean a keyboard?
exorbitant cost of using a dozen or more swabs
cotton conducts static electricity
cotton fibers caught in tight places
The main problem could be getting the cotton fibers caught in tight places.

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Since it is an antiseptic, is it enough to clean the keyboard with alcohol?
Alcohol is more than enough.
Not really, an antibacterial household cleaner is necessary.
You need something like an antibacterial household cleaner to kill all the germs
Add a small amount of vinegar to complete the process.

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If you use a new, flexible silicone keyboard, do you still need to go through all these cleaning processes?
Anything you touch needs to be cleaned.
No matter what kind of keyboard you use, you will still need to clean it, since you touch it with your bare fingers.
Not at all, since you use less pressure on the keys.
Silicone has antibacterial properties.

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