How often do you clean your screen/keyboard?

Ben Halpern on September 24, 2019

And what do you use to clean it?

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I didn't know you're supposed to clean them.


Almost never.☠️ When I'm on a long call sometimes I'll dust off my screen with my fingers like an animal


I respect this method.


I don't... I want the world to know how much of a trash human I am


I sort of operate under the assumption that you're pretty much flawless Emma 🤷‍♂️


Hear hear, to dead skin and lunch remains 😂


It's okay we'll always love you

You're breathtaking


if that's the case, you just redefined the word trash for me.


whenever I'm in public and realize how dirty it is


Once the sun hits the screen, on a day that I happen to be in the right spot as I'm walking back from the coffee machine. I will notice the 1000+ finger prints on my screen, which every time I ask myself, when did I touch my monitors?! Then i wait a week, and clean it if I remember....


This laptop's a little over four years old, now, so...

Well, I clean the screen once it gets grotty enough that I start making reading mistakes. But the keyboard? If I were to dump it out and add water to the dumped-contents, I could probably make a hearty soup, at this point.


Thanks for the reminder... 🤣


Am I a germophobe? No. I just hate the look of the keyboard on my screen every other day. It really bothers me when I see things on my screen that doesn't belong there. So I wipe both the screen, with microfiber and the keyboard with a regular cloth. Then, just to be extra careful I have the original thingie that came with the computer to separate the keyboard and screen. Now if that doesn't scream geek I don't know what does. After reading other people's answers to this qustion I feel a little creepy. So to answer the question after all that I would say at least once a day.


I think I clean every 6 months. My screen is always clean since I rarely hold it and I don't eat anything in front of my computer so my keyboard may be clean.


I think I eat so much in front of my computer that my keyboard has now a diet composed of my favorite junk food 😂


Hahaha! If you won't clean that, you'll have unwanted visitors soon😂😂😂😂


Clearly, you don't live with pets (that get nose- or sneeze-prints) or a wife who's used to a touch-enabled screen. :p


Hahaha I actually have 4 dogs. haha and yeah I'm not married yet so I'm safe :p


When I spill coffee on it


Owing to the dusty as hell environment I live in, Gotta clean the keyboard with buds every weak and screen with a microfiber. Learnt the lesson the day my screen got keyboard key-shaped scratches permanently 😭😭.


this makes me remember my scratch on my screen.... now i'm sad with you.  😢


For my laptop: I clean off the keyboard with an alcohol handwipe and wipe the screen with a microfiber cloth every few months.

For my desktop: I just wipe off the monitor with my shirt when it looks dusty. I've cleaned the keyboard three times in the 5 years I've had it, about time to do it again. And that cleaning includes removing all the key caps (gaming keyboard) and washing them in a bowl with water and soap, and using compressed air to get rid of all the crap under the keys.


You can? (I look at my keyboard) oh.


Work or home? Because those are two very different answers lol


Leaving the work one get gross encourages hot-seaters to sit elsewhere (though not quite as effectively as replacing a standard keyboard with an ergo-keyboard).


Thankfully I have a cube, so nobody will steal my seat. That doesn't make my statement sound good though, now I just sound like a filthy animal!

I have an assigned cube, too, but... There's more people than seats at the one facility I work at. So, if a desk is empty (and mine is 3 of 5 days), there's the chance someone will sit in it.

To be honest, I wouldn't care, but I freaking hate coming back into the office and finding things messed with. After the third time of finding my electric sit/stand desk left in the "stand" position (and several of my desk-ornaments on the floor), I said, "fuck this noise" and disabled the actuators. Similarly, I went to the thrift store to buy a blazer to leave on the back of my chair to discourage people from "borrowing" my seat.

Shouldn't have to do that stuff, but, people don't care about being good guests.


I clean my keyboard every three months or so with baby wipes.
There is enough moisture in them to clean the surface but not too much to get water drops between the keys.

And my screen is cleaned every month or so. But for my screen, I have a microfiber cloth that is perfect to get all the nasty fingerprints and fat residues of.


Not often, but my wife's laptop screen? GOOD GRIEF

I have to abduct the thing, spirit it away to someplace with space and gas-powered tools to chip away the grime before I can polish it with weapons-grade cleaner.

In all seriousness though - a microfiber cloth, generic laptop screen cleaner fluid, small circular motions, steady pressure, and patience.


Every weekend (seems to be a minority o_O)


You are the healthy and organized one among us...


Well considering I primarily use one laptop...every morning before I boot up. I have a cloth that I use to wipe down the screen and I use the same cloth to wipe the oil left from my fingers off of my keyboard. I wash the cloth every 2nd time I do laundry.


I'm very protective of my screen against "screen touchers". I'm sure we all have one in our office, or on our team like that. When I do clean my screen, on an as-needed basis, I use a microfiber cloth and some sort of eyeglass lens cleaner. Real talk: I've had a cleaning kit from Sunglass Hut for several years now, because FREE refills for life on cleaner! The microfiber cloth is washing machine-safe.



  • Cleaned it this morning ... usually clean about every three months when I can't see through the fingerprints.


  • Not often enough ... about every six months when I see someone else cleaning and feel guilty. Additionally, not as often as my steering wheel ...

As a keyboard enthusiast I am obsessed in keeping my keyboards clean. Screens, as long as nothing bothers me on my view. The contrast though. 😁 A microfiber cloth is my basic cleaning tool.

my keyboard


Oh dear...

I can't remember the last time I've cleaned my monitors, but I wipe down my mouse / keyboard once a week.

I'd say I probably give the board a thorough rubdown once a month. That usually includes ripping all my key caps off and giving them a bath in some denture cleaner, then taking a Q-tip and scrubba-dubbing my naked keeb.



I just get the urge to clean it sometimes. If there’s a smudge or debris on the screen, I’ll probably be cleaning pretty soon. Sometimes, I get that gunk on my ; enter space shift f cmd or s keys. Specifically those :) Might have missed one.

In order to clean the screen, I spray a TINY amount of Windex ON THE PAPER TOWEL and wipe initially in large circles. Then I go around the edge and get the gunk out from there. After that I’ll spray even less Windex again on the paper towel and make horizontal and vertical lines to remove any streaking.

I then turn on KeyboardCleanTool and spray a little Method Lavender on the paper towel and go to town. I also make sure to wipe clean the trackpad and body of the laptop.

Finally, I’ll use some compressed air to finish up.

Fun fact, the laptop runs more effectively for a time after cleaning.


Blower and a brush. I clean it twice a month.


Hmmm. Once every few months or so when it look uber grimey...I think....🤔And I just use a Lysol wipe that we have at work

At home... almost never....oops


No where near enough, then I get obsessive and everything becomes spotless for a couple of days.

Repeat every 3-4 months.


I clean it only when re-organize the desktop/document folder or when I format it.
I call it: Deep Cleaning...



Way way way less then I probably should


Both get a shallow cleaning every 2 weeks, keyboard is due for a deep cleaning.


Isn’t that what my screen protector is for?

As for the keyboard... well... I can always get a new one from IT 😇


I clean it with a towel and water when I meet clients ;p


I wipe the screen at least once a week with microfiber cloth and water.


OK I confess, marks on my screens drive me crazy once I seem them. So cleaning screens, touch or otherwise....weekly.

Keyboards...only when I notice had bad they really are :)


I don't touch my screen so never, and my keyboard maybe monthly ot when I start to notice all my coffee dribbles all over it.


I don't touch my screen so never, and my keyboard maybe monthly to when I start to notice all my coffee dribbles all over it.


Another barn burner! Heckuva one liner Ben! I'm maybe in the minority, but I clean my daily driver (laptop) everyday with a slightly damp microfiber cloth. Gotta take care of your tools!


since there is a lot of dust in the air where i live, I try to clean my 2 laptops once a week using a microfiber towel and a special spray for screens


Screen - once in a year. Keyboard - never!


Thank you for remindering me 🤣🤣


I just use my kb with clean hands and hope for the best


How often do I do what??? Sorry, I don't understand the question.


I'd guess probably every month or so. I hit the keyboard with some compressed air and wipe down my monitors with a microfiber towel.


Only as soon as it becomes distracting. The thing just doesn't stay perfectly clean for very long.


My mom does the cleaning so I'm good.


I usually make it worse when I do that.


When I feel like :)


You guys clean your computers?


I don’t understand the question


I clean it every two months. 😁


I clean my mouse daily. I give my keyboard less attention, but I try to clean it (not thoroughly) every few days. I rarely clean my monitors.


3-4 times a year, I wash my keyboard (it's the Logitech K310, which is unfortunately no longer in production). My mouse I clean with wet wipes every year, as I don't touch it as often.


I cleaned my keyboard today actually, after I accidentally spilt my coffee on it. Lots of kitchen roll was required.


Every day, every few hours if it's daytime or if spot any dust on it. I like to keep my laptop clean and new. For this purpose, I always have microfibre cloth and a tiny brush always in my bag.


Wait your supposed to... clean... it?



If I'm working remotely... Desk, laptop, and monitor get cleaned daily if they need it. Good morning routine.

If not working remotely... Eh, when they get grubby


Whenever they are dirty. I have a brush for my keyboard and prepackaged screen cleaning wipes for my screen


Not often enough for sure.


About every second month which is usually when it's starts looking bad or has gathered some stains from greasy food :D


I would like to say once a week, and in my head I certainly do. But in reality it's when the dirt starts affecting the characters on the screen and I can't wipe it off with my fingers!


At least once a week.
Keyboard and mouse are like steering wheel and transmission.


Both once a month.

You people are monsters and are going to Silicon Hell.


actually I think my next project would be an app to remind me to clean my keyboard and monitor😂😂😂


Lol. I recently had to clean my keyboard because I was learning ES6 and the backtick button was getting stuck on. So not very often, but I popped out all the keys and cleaned it with q-tips.


not often enough. Basically, whenever I sit in the sun and notice my screen is dirty I make a note to clean it later.


Every 2-3 weeks. I use the anti bacterial wipes for keyboards and screen wipes for the screens...I clean all my devices at once.


Not enough... I should clean them more often.
Certainly the white apple magic keyboard, it is getting really gross 🤮


screen quite frequently
keyboard just a shake every time and then


I have a Typematrix keyboard, with a washable skin so it's easier :)


I haven't cleaned it in a very long time, I use a laptop most of the time and when I don't use it, it's closed and in a sleeve. So I haven't had to clean it in a long time.


Phone screen? Daily and with isopropyl alcohol. I bring my phone with me to poop.

Monitor? When highest brightness is still too dark.

Keyboard? Once every two months.


Oh, my desk is pristine! Just never ever bring a keycap puller near it 😄

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