Those of you following my little creative corner know I have been very good at finding the oddest holidays to celebrate. The truth of the matter is, if I don’t do it, who will? Life is about the journey, so I seek to add color and celebration to each day. I hope you have as much fun learning about these super cool holidays as I do. This week I have a very special one in store for you, so those of you who choose to celebrate must send me a photo after!
This Sunday is Crackers over the Keyboard Day and it might be the strangest holiday we’ve celebrated so far. To properly celebrate, all you need is a delicious treat such as crackers (or a donut like above that’s ready to crumble) and a clean keyboard. Remember: we are looking for crumbs, not sauce, so spaghetti is out of the question.
Time to live a little! Enjoy snacking while making a mess and be a kid for once. But what if you don’t want to toss your keyboard after it has devoured all your crumbs? Fear not! I’m here to provide some cleaning tips and tricks so you can have squeaky clean computer peripherals after the big celebration.
You don’t want send a gibberish email to your contacts during the cleaning process so first remove the batteries from the keyboard and the mouse. A good place to start cleaning is with canned compressed air (or a small air compressor). Try blowing at any opening at an angle to ensure you don’t push those sesame seeds further in. As the optional next step, you can use a cleaning gel on the keyboard. I personally don’t have any experience using cleaning gels but have heard great things. The final step is to whoosh it! While this spray is intended for screens, it works well on keyboards and mice as well. Do not spray the keyboard or mouse directly. Simply spray the included microfiber cloth instead, then wipe down.
What if a crumb violently flies away just to attack your innocent monitor? You can whoosh that too! You can lightly spray the screen directly before wiping it down.
For those with laptops, your job is much harder. I strongly advise against celebrating Crackers over the Keyboard Day with your laptop, but here’s what to do if you can’t help yourself. First, flipping your laptop upside down and shaking it gently (not violently) is a first good step. You can then use the OXO deep clean set (and/or the cleaning brush which doubles as a screen cleaner). For wiping the screen you can always whoosh it, but remember to spray first on the microfiber cloth, not directly on the laptop.
As George Carlin once said, “A crumb is a great thing: If you break a crumb in half, you don’t get two half-crumbs, you get two crumbs.” Crumbs, like all other little gifts of life, are worthy of a celebration.
– Burak Sarac, Team Lead
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