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The Ultimate Keyboard Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
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

Which of the following will probably show the most signs of use?

  • mouse
  • screen
  • on button

According to recent studies, what is the more likely source of infection?

  • toilet seat
  • keyboard
  • toilet door handle

Other than germs on peripherals, what other problem can eating at your desk cause?

  • keyboard malfunction
  • unpleasant work environment
  • extra cleaning work

Where does a keyboard usually collect dirt?

  • on the return key
  • on the space bar
  • between the keys

What is the simplest way to remove dirt from the keyboard?

  • Blow on it a few times.
  • Flip it upside down and shake it.
  • Use a screwdriver to poke between the keys.

How would you begin to deal with stubborn dirt under the keys?

  • remove the keys
  • WD-10
  • canned air

Assuming the canned air doesn't work, should you try an air compressor used for car tires?

  • only in short bursts
  • absolutely not
  • only when using a mask

Blowing air didn't help, can I use a Dust Buster vacuum cleaner?

  • not a good idea
  • great idea
  • only the original Black & Decker model

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

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.
  • A washing machine will do the job better.

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.
  • Benzene will remove the grease and germs.
  • Spray regular household cleaner on the keyboard.

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

Why not simply remove the keys of a keyboard to clean them and the keyboard?

  • Keys cannot be removed.
  • You could break the keys.
  • Good idea -- if they broke you could glue them back.

If using approved cleaning liquids, what is the best way to clean the keys?

  • a wet paper towel
  • a dampened microfiber cloth
  • spray carefully onto the keys

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.

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.
  • There are no dangers involved in cleaning a laptop with a battery in it.

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

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.
  • Add a small amount of vinegar to complete the process.

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.
  • Not at all, since you use less pressure on the keys.
  • Silicone has antibacterial properties.