Disinfecting Your Das Keyboard to Avoid Catching Cooties

Properly disinfecting the Das KeyboardIt’s not always possible to avoid people who are sick since they will still go to work, to school, or out in public. While hand sanitizer can help, you can’t pour it on everything, and that includes your computer keyboard. At work, school, or home, it’s not uncommon for someone else to have a cause to use your computer. With scary statistics like the UK study that found a computer keyboard that had 150 times the recommended limit for bacteria, it’s important to think about disinfecting your keyboard to avoid catching illnesses.

We know you want to keep your Das Keyboard looking good, which is why we’ve advised on the best methods for keyboard cleaning. Some chemicals can damage the plastic or leave a hazy film that leads to instant cleaning regret. Because of this, we tested a few wipes to see how they would impact the Das Keyboard.

When testing the disinfectant wipes,  we squeezed any extra liquid out first and then wiped down both the keys and the case. We then wiped down the area with a dry micro fiber cloth. After letting it sit for a week, we did it again. The only issue we encountered was lint left behind by the disinfecting cloths. Finishing with a dry micro fiber cloth not only dries the keyboard, but also helps clean up the leftover lint.

For our tests, we used antibacterial hand and face wipes, and disinfectant wipes that primarily contained ammonium chloride or benzalkonium chloride. Keep in mind our tests were specific to Das Keyboard, different keyboards use different types of plastic and some are more sensitive to chemicals than others. Always check with the manufacturer before using any chemical on your keyboard.

We didn’t ruin any keyboards in this test, but recommend the following tips if you try this yourself:

  • Unplug the keyboard before disinfecting it.
  • Squeeze out any excess liquids from the cloth to avoid liquid dripping into the keyboard.
  • Don’t let any liquid from the wipe sit for long periods of time on the keyboard.
  • Don’t scrub the keyboard, just lightly wipe down. Rubbing too hard leaves behind more lint.
  • Avoid cleansing cloths that contain bleach.

8 Comments


  1. Soo.. what were the results of the test? Or am I probably missing something. lol

    Is it that any “disinfectant wipes that primarily contained ammonium chloride or benzalkonium chloride” worked well?


  2. The wipes we used didn’t cause any damage to the keyboard so they are safe to use. That was what the test was for, to help ensure no one used something on their keyboards that would harm it.


  3. Disinfecting? Oh, great, germaphobic nonsense. Please, the current generation is too sheltered as it is, with mothers giving kids hand sanitizer to school. You’re like sickly little Mort from family guy.

    Eat the goddamn germs like we did in the old days! That’s how immunization works! Do you want to be weak from your germ avoidance? Jesus. I’ve neve followed the stupid germaphobic prescriptions, and neither have many people I know (including those scam flu vaccines) and we are NEVER sick. Every I know who gets vaccinated always gets the flu. And hand sanitizer actually breeds stronger strains of bacteria. It doesn’t do a good job of killing bacteria at all. Another scam!


  4. Here’s what you do for a KB that’s become grimy: spray some Windex or electronics cleaner on a cloth and wipe it down.

    Done.

    I’ll be expecting my check in the mail by the end of the week. Thanks.


  5. Hi A. Smith, thank you for sharing your expert knowledge with us, we appreciate your feedback and are looking forward to your future contributions!


  6. Hi Stephen. I guess you didn’t detect the sarcasm there. You guys didn’t need to write half a book on how to surface clean a KB, though testing various cleaners for damaging chemical effects to the plastic or lettering is understandable.

    As bobthechef said below, don’t worry about germs and such things. Most likely you’ll live through it. Just give it a simple cleaning when needed and get on with life.


  7. Hi A. Smith.

    As professionals of mechanical keyboards, we strive to bring our customers the best content and tips to maintain their keyboards.

    This article is purely for keyboard enthusiasts who care very much about their keyboards and hygiene.


  8. Stephen, I have a Das Model S Pro with brown switches I’m typing on now. My KB needs are more toward gaming than typing or I’d have the blue switches. I’m interested in performance and quality and less concerned with click noise, trendy stuff, or flashing lights so I guess I’d be an enthusiast too.

    Anyway, keep making the good stuff.

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