Today is KKK Day.
That’s not a reference to the white supremacy group in the US, but the rather more mundane – and little heard of – Keep your Keyboard Kleen (sic) Day that Microsoft started a few years back. It hasn’t really caught on – probably because it’s a stupid name and Hallmark don’t make a card for it. Yet.
Stupid name aside though, they do have a point. Our keyboards are used daily. Crumbs of food and bits of detritus often fall between the keys, lodging themselves underneath. Food will rot and decay, spreading onto the circuit board and causing short circuits. Fingernail clippings will get stuck in the key pillars causing the keys to stick and be unresponsive.
Worse than that is the sanitary side of things. The average home computer is used by two to three persons, each leaving their own grubby prints on the keyboard and mouse. Of course, nobody washes their hands before tapping away at a keyboard and so a panoply of different bacteria can build up on the keys, transferring between keyboard and operator. Last year, it is estimated that 600 people in the US alone, were admitted to hospital with illnesses picked up from dirty keyboards. Fortunately, only 1 of those proved to be fatal, which was ironically caused by somebody swallowing the pipe key and choking when it got lodged in their trachia.
I’ve just cleaned my keyboard with the hoover and some Mr Sheen. It’s so shiny now that I could eat my dinner off it. Which would defeat the whole object, so I won’t.
May 1st is Immaculate Mouse Day, where the same will apply to the little plastic rodent, but for now, you might just want to give that filthy keyboard of yours a bit of a scrub.
You’d be a fool not to.