OK for light cleaning, not so good for heavier grime...
May 8, 2011
My home office is in the basement of an older home, complete with all the dirt and dust that comes along with the location. As such, my keyboards tend to get somewhat grungy over time. In fact, some would say downright disgusting. But since I see the keyboard every day, it's easy to just sort of overlook the dirt build-up until someone else points it out. Well, someone did, and I thought I really should do something about it.
Someone told me about a product called Cyber Clean that is supposed to do wonders for cleaning keyboards. Rather than spending time trying to get in-between the keys with a Q-Tip and alcohol, you take this gel-like substance, press it onto the keyboard so it can ooze between the keys, and then pull it off. There's just enough tack in the gel to pull off the dust, dirt, and grime. Fold it over, smush it together, and do it again. Repeat until you're happy with the result. So how'd it do on a really tough job? Let's see...
It *does* clean the keyboard, but not enough that I'd call it a spectacular result. The dust definitely comes up, as does some of the grime that isn't stuck hard on the keys. The dirt build-up on the edge of the keys is significantly reduced from what it was before, but I'm not going to be mistaking my keyboard for one that just came out of the box.
In a somewhat more fair test, I also ran it over the keyboard attached to my work computer. It's not had nearly the use as my personal keyboard, so it was mostly just a matter of dust. After a Cyber Clean treatment, it looked like it did when it was first assigned to me. In that case, Cyber Clean was a success.
Bottom line... If you were to get and use Cyber Clean on a regular basis, it would do a fine job in keeping the keyboard looking decent. If you're playing catch-up on a particular nasty keyboard that hasn't seen cleaning often enough, then Cyber Clean will do an adequate job on the surface or loose grime, but you shouldn't expect miracles.
Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more
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