The computer peripheral that receives the most hands-on contact is your keyboard, yet it is also one of the more neglected pieces of equipment, getting nothing more than a mere wiping down every now and again. Properly cleaning your keyboard takes more than just grabbing the bottom of your t-shirt and giving the keys a quick wipe. Just wiping the top of your keyboard may get rid of the top layer of dust but there are bits and pieces of crud and dust stuck between the crevices of your keys. As with any sort of cleaning task involving your computer, it is important to start by powering down your computer then unplugging the keyboard. Next, take the keyboard and turn it over so that the keys are face down. Shake the keyboard side to side in order to loosen and dislodge the particles that may be stuck in there. If you have a mini vacuum, you can go ahead and use it along with the smallest attachment that will help get into the grooves. Those without a vacuum can try blowing into the keys with a strong release of air. Once all the dust has been wiped clean, it is time to deep clean and sanitize your keyboard. Simply grab a bottle of rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, and several cotton swabs. Place a fair amount of rubbing alcohol into a dish and dip one end of a cotton swabs into it. Clean the top surface of each key as well as each side in order to remove the dirt that may have already caked into them. Continue doing this until everything is absolutely clean. Something that may prove useful to you is a can of compressed air or any gadget or tool that can emit a strong burst of air. This will help to loosen and dislodge dirt and particles from hard-to-reach places within your keyboard. The compressed air is a safer option than sticking pointy objects and tools like screwdrivers in between the keys, potentially damaging the keyboard To get optimal use from your computer, you should take the time to learn how to clean your computer's keyboard as well as the rest of your computer equipment. It does not take a great deal of time to clean everything and setting aside a specific day every few weeks or so will not just help maintain the cleanliness and sanitation of your computer equipment but lengthen its lifespan too. Make sure to read the manuals and directions that come with each part to find any precautions you may need to take while cleaning.