How to Clean Razer Keyboard the Right Way? Step by Step

You may be surprised how much dust and dirt your Razer gaming keyboard can collect in such a short space of time. It is possibly one of the dirtiest places on earth and could affect your keypresses and performance. This is why it’s imperative that you know how to clean Razer keyboard correctly. If you are unsure, this post is for you. 

As a gamer myself. I know there’s nothing more frustrating than having sticky keyboard keys preventing you from completing your most efficient keystroke combinations. Or seeing specks of dirt on your WASD keys from the corner of your eye. That may distract you from what is most critical, and in my case, that’s getting the dub. 

It is why my entire effort is poured into ensuring, not just my Razer keyboard. Also, my Razer gaming laptop, headset and every other Razer Blade accessory I use for gaming is kept clean from dust, and is germ free!

So without further ado, let’s dive in and get your Razer keyboard clean!

Why Clean Your Razer Keyboard?

Cleaning your Razer keyboard is imperative for several reasons. First and foremost, regular cleaning will help get rid of germs that build up and reduce harmful bacteria. Taking proper care of your gaming keyboard will also help with longevity. Improve durability and its performance, especially if there are large pieces of debris affecting how the switches connect after each keypress.


How to Clean Razer Keyboard the Easy Way?

Razer keyboards are some of the finest on the planet. That includes my own Razer keyboard. And just like with all my other gaming gear, I tend to take proper care of them to keep them in tip-top condition. They will last much longer and also keep their stylish and premium look.

In the first section of this post, I will show you how to clean your Razer keyboard without removing the keys. This should take about 30 minutes or so, and should be done every few weeks. This will ensure optimal performance, and you will always enjoy the smoothest typing experience.

The second section walks through a step-by-step guide on how to clean a Razer keyboard but this time removing and cleaning the keycaps. This also includes cleaning the keyboard base. However, this method takes much longer because you have to wait for the keycaps and base to dry. (up to 48 hours)

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What You Will Need To Clean Razer Keyboard

  • Clean and Flat Area to Work on
  • Rubbing Alcohol Solution
  • Soft Fiber Cloth (lint free if possible)
  • Pack of Cleaning Cloths
  • Box of Cotton Swabs
  • Vacuum Cleaner

Step 1: Ensure you have a large area to work on, like your kitchen table or your computer desk. Use a vacuum cleaner to ensure it is dust free, and then wipe with a damp cloth.

Step 2: Unplug your Razer keyboard from your gaming laptop or PC and remove all cables. For wireless Razer keyboards. Remove the batteries and put them in a safe place.

Remove Cable From Razer Keyboard

Step 3: Turn your Razer keyboard upside down, so loose debris falls out. Then give the keyboard a good shake to loosen any further dirt and dust that may be stuck.

Step 4: Using the can of compressed air, blow any remaining dirt. It is best to spray compressed air at the keyboard from different angles. Then wipe down the keyboard to remove the remaining debris.

Spraying Compressed Air Onto Razer Keyboard

Step 5: Using a vacuum cleaner, ensure the table area is thoroughly cleaned. Remove the loose debris that may have fallen out of the keyboard. Then wipe the table area with a damp cloth.

Step 6: Place the keyboard back onto the table with the keys facing up. Lightly wet a cloth with the rubbing alcohol and wipe across the keyboard and gently around the keys (avoid getting moisture under the keys)

Step 7: Lightly wet a cotton swab with the alcohol solution and use it to further clean around the keys (Make sure it is not too wet & avoid letting moisture go under the keys)

Wiping Razer Keyboard With Cloth

Step 8: Use a clean and dry cloth to remove any remaining dust from the top of your Razer keyboard. Ensure the keyboard is completely dry before reconnecting it to your computer or replacing the batteries.

Step 9: For the complete finish, polish the keyboard with a lint-free cloth before re-connecting it to your computer. Lastly, turn on the keyboard RGB lighting and check the keys are all working fine.


How to Clean Razer Keyboard Keys?

We have walked through how to clean your Razer keyboard without removing the keys. That should take about 30 minutes in total. Next, we walk through how to clean Razer keyboard keys. This takes a bit longer and involves removing the keys from the keyboard. Then, washing the keys individually with soapy water.

It is imperative to do this because dirt and debris can easily get stuck underneath the keys. Which can affect its performance if left unattended. This is especially true if the particles are substantial and interfere with the proper connection of your key switches. 

In order to ensure nothing will affect your typing or gaming experience. Whenever necessary, the keyboard keys should be removed and cleaned. And due care needs to be taken when doing this. 

How often you clean your Razer keyboard keys will depend on several factors. You may live in a dustier environment. Therefore, you may need to remove and clean the keys more frequently. The same if you’re an avid gamer who uses your keyboard daily. However, for most users doing this twice a year would be ok.

So let’s jump into how to clean your keyboard keys

What You Will Need To Clean Keyboard Keys

  • Clean, Flat Area To Work On
  • Rubbing Alcohol Solution
  • Soft Fiber Cloth (lint free if possible)
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Keycap Puller
  • Flathead Screwdriver

Step 1: Ensure you have a large area to work on, like your kitchen table or your computer desk. Use a vacuum cleaner to ensure it is dust free, and then wipe with a damp cloth.

Step 2: Unplug your Razer keyboard from your gaming laptop or PC and remove all cables. For wireless Razer keyboards. Remove the batteries and put them in a safe place.

Remove Cable From Razer Keyboard

Step 3: Turn your Razer keyboard upside down, so loose debris falls out. Then give the keyboard a good shake to loosen any further dirt and dust that may be stuck.

Step 4: Using the can of compressed air, blow any remaining dirt. It is best to spray compressed air at the keyboard from different angles. Then wipe down the keyboard to remove the remaining debris.

Step 5: Using a vacuum cleaner, ensure the table area is thoroughly cleaned. Remove the loose debris that may have fallen out of the keyboard. Then wipe the table area with a damp cloth.

Step 7: Take a photograph of the layout of your keyboard keys. This will help when you place the keys back, as you’ll know where they should go.

Using Keycap Puller to Remove Keys

Step 8: It is wise to take out the small keys first. Hold down on the keyboard with one hand and gently remove the keys using the keycap puller with your other hand. For the larger keyboard keys like the ‘Spacebar’ use a flathead screwdriver to lift the keycap from the keyboard.

Use Screwdriver to remove larger keyboard keys

Step 9: Place the loose keyboard keys into a bowl or dish with soapy-warm water and let them soak for 30 mins. Then, using a soft brush or cotton swab gently clean each key. Place the clean keys in a colander for rinsing under cold water. After rinsing, lay the keys out and leave to dry (48 hours)

Step 10: Use the dry lint-free cloth or cotton swabs to remove any dirt or dust on the keyboard base. (avoid getting any moisture onto it) Then leave it to dry next to the keys.

Step 11: Ensure the keys and the base are completely dry before replacing the keys. It is wise to place the larger keys first, space bar etc. And then the small keyboard keys. (check your photo)

Step 12: Reconnect your Razer keyboard to your computer and test it by turning on the RGB lighting and pressing different keys to ensure everything is working fine.


Cleaning a Razer Keyboard FAQs

What is the easiest way to clean Razer keyboard?

The easiest way to clean a Razer keyboard is by carefully disconnecting your keyboard from your computer. Then turning it upside down and shaking it to loosen the debris. Once this is done, use compressed air to blow out any remaining debris under the keys. After that, wipe the keyboard with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

Can you remove keys from Razer keyboard?

You can use a regular keycap puller or a wire one to remove the keys from a Razer keyboard. Use a flathead screwdriver to help pry the larger keys up. Note that larger keys on a Razer keyboard will have stabilizers. So don’t try to pull the keyboard key straight off. Gently nudge the curved ends of the attached stabilizer outwards to free up the key. 

Can you wash Razer keycaps?

You can wash Razer keyboard keycaps by soaking the keys in warm soapy water for about 30 minutes. Then use a soft brush to remove any remaining debris. Ensure the keycaps are completely dry before attempting to replace them back on your Razer keyboard. Avoid using strong cleaning solutions. Some can discolour the keys and remove the lettering.

How often should I clean my Razer keyboard?

Aim to clean your Razer keyboard every few weeks using compressed air to blow out debris and a slightly damp cloth to wipe over the keyboard. And you should deep clean your Razer keyboard two or three times per year. Includes all of the above and also removing the keycaps and soaking them in warm soapy water.

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Conclusion

After reading this guide, you should have learned how to clean your Razer keyboard. Plus, how to remove the keycaps and clean them. I have also included a helpful video if you don’t have time to read the full article. Either way the result will be the same, and you should have a brand new Razer keyboard ready to get your game on.

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Thanks for reading, Cya Next Time!

Sources: Razer.com | Wikipedia.org

James, Editor for Jimmtech. An avid tech lover since the days of the Sega MasterSystem. Purchased my first gaming laptop in 2006 and have owned many since, including models from MSI, HP, Razer, and Dell. In addition, I have 4 years of experience managing IT and 5 years in Digital Marketing. Until I decided to share my love for gaming. Jimmtech was born.

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