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If you've been working at home more since the pandemic started, your personal desktop and laptop computers have been getting a workout.

When is the last time you cleaned them?

A squirt of Windex on the monitor's screen every now and then isn't enough to keep your computer -- especially the keyboard -- in top operating order.

Even if you're the only one who touches your keyboard, it can get covered with bacteria as dangerous as E. coli and staph. To prevent -- and kill -- those germs, wash your hands frequently during the day and thoroughly clean your keyboards regularly.

Here is a process that experts recommend for cleaning your keyboard without damaging it:

1. Unplug the keyboard

2. Pick up the keyboard, turn it upside down and gently shake it. That will loosen crumbs, hair and other debris that might have fallen between the keys.

3. Invest in a can of compressed air, and spray it in between the keys.

4. Using a Q-tip lightly dipped in rubbing alcohol, swab the surfaces you can reach between and around the keys. Don't moisten the Q-tip to the point of dripping; you don't want liquid to seep beneath the keys.

5. Use a cloth lightly coated with rubbing alcohol to clean the keys themselves and the rest of the keyboard.

6. Slide a stiff business card between the keys, like you would swipe a key card in a hotel room door. That will pick up hair and dust that might have settled into the crevices between the keys.

7. If you spill something or drop crumbs onto your keyboard, clean it up right away. Like a stove, a keyboard is harder to clean when food or liquids sit for a while.

Do this once a month, and your keyboard will be a less likely breeding ground for germs.
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