How to clean a mechanical keyboard – Step by step tutorial


Today I am going to show you thebest way to easily clean a mechanical keyboard. I got used to how mine looks and I don’t notice a difference from day to day, but then I took one of the keys out and it was gross. Mac, your hair is everywhere – If you.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard

This will take a bit of work, it’s very easy, and it will make your keyboard look great again, so let’s do it.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - unplug the keyboard


The first thing you’ll want to do is unplug your mechanical keyboard. You’re going to remove the keys and use different cleaning methods so you don’t want it plugged in. I have this video divided into chapters for you to watch it completely before starting and then continue. return to each chapter as needed.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - take a picture


Now you want to take a picture of your keyboard – and we are doing this for two reasons. First, you need to make sure you remember which key goes where. Sure, you know where most of it goes, but do you know if multiplication on the numpad is to the right or left of division? Don’t cheat, you know? What about print screen, scroll lock and pause/pause? Still, it’s a good idea to have this for reference.

The second reason is that you’ll want to be able to see how much better your board looks once you’re done.



Now comes the fun part – removing the keys. Use a key puller, start at one end, then work your way to the other side. I like to use a plastic strainer to hold the keys because it helps with the next step. Take your time, there’s no rush, and you don’t want to do anything to damage the keys. Get a good grip on the key and pull up.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - wasd keycap removal tool

Some keyboards come with a key puller, but in case you don’t have one, here are a couple of great options:
Key extractor:

Key extractor kit + brushes.


I’m cleaning my Corsair K70 mk II today, so none of the keys are stabilized with metal stabilizers, but if the big keys have that feature, just slide one end then the other.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - dirty mechanical keyboard

Now, with all the keycaps removed, I can really see how bad the keyboard looks, and I hope I never let it get that bad again.



Then, head over to the sink and rinse the faucets under warm water. I like to do this first so I can remove as much debris as possible before the next step. That’s why I like to have them in a colander and a lot of the stuff gets rinsed.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - soak the keys


The next step is to take a bowl, add some dish soap to it, and then fill it with warm water. Make sure not to use boiling water to avoid damaging the keys.

Drop the keys into the container and mix gently. Dish soap will act as a degreaser and you will need to let it soak in for 15-20 minutes for it to do its job.



Now is the time to wash and clean the keys.Put the bowl back in the sink and start running warm water into the bowl. You can use your hand to shuffle the keys around – and you will notice that very quickly you’ll get rid of all the soap.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - clean the keys microfiber

Next, get yourself a couple of microfiber towels. Lay one down, then use another to clean and dry each key. I’m using a microfiber towel instead of a paper towel because paper towels can leave little white particles behind.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - dry the keys

You should now see that the keys look great and once you’re done with each key, you’ll also want to tap it against the towel to get as much water out of the key as possible. No need to go crazy here, but the more water you remove now, the less you have to wait for the keys to dry – and you definitely want to make sure they are dry before you put them back on. They’ll take a couple of hours to dry, so let’s use that time to clean the board.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - dry the keys


Some people use a vacuum cleaner – but if you don’t have an antistatic accessory, I suggest a brush. You can use a brush, a stiff bristle brush, or even the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Simply brush around the switches to remove as much loose material as possible.


I make sure that any brushes I use don’t hit the switches because I don’t want any of this going on the board.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - dip the q tip

Next, we’re going to do some more deep cleaning with some Q tips. You can use water or isopropyl alcohol, which is what is recommended on the Corsair website.


In any case, you don’t need much, just moisten the Q Tip and take your time working across the entire board.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - q tip keyboard plate

If you’ve ever spilled your drink on your dash and it left a residue, this should fix it. There is no need to push too hard or be too forceful – just take your time and work your way.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - between key switches

At this point, the board should look great and you can give it a final wipe with a microfiber towel – again, we don’t want to use a paper towel because it can leave white particles on the board.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - after cleaning

Once you’re done, lay your board face down while you wait for the keys to dry.



Now comes the most rewarding part, reattaching the keys. Take your time, double check each key is dry – center it over the switch, then push it all the way down until you hear a satisfying click. Use your starting photo as a reference and you should be done in a couple of minutes.


That’s it, your keyboard should look great and now you know it’s not that important to clean – that will keep it running longer.

How to Clean a Mechanical Keyboard - mechanical keyboard after cleaning

Hopefully this video is helpful. You know what I always say, buy it nice or buy it twice! Good luck and see you soon.

Best Key Extractor:

The best keycap puller + brush kit.

Seehow to clean a mechanical keyboardin Youtube.

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