How to clean your Alcantara keyboard

How to clean your Alcantara keyboard



Cleaning Alcantara is not a difficult task. Microsoft recommends the to follow this guide when cleaning its Type Cover Keyboards.


First, you’re going to want to use some compressed gas or a lint-free cloth to get rid of any dirt and particles that may have collected on or underneath the keys, as well as the surface and on all sides.


Once this has been completed, it’ll be easier to analyze just how much cleaning you’ll need to do to remove tough marks or oil stains from daily use.


  1. Pour some warm water into a bowl.
  2. Add the mild liquid soap.
  3. Dampen a lint-free cloth into the mixture.
  4. Rinse and gently wipe down the Keyboard/Type Cover.
  5. Repeat until clean.



If stains and marks remain after a few runs with the cloth, it may be time to apply some Alcantara cleaner, which should get rid of these unwanted blemishes.

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We recommend giving a keyboard or Type Cover a cleaning once a week (depending on use) to prevent build-up.


How to clean specific substances from Alcantara


The official Alcantara website details how you can remove specific stains or spillages:


  • Fruit juice, jam, jelly, syrup or ketchup — Lukewarm water; rinse by dabbing with clean water.
  • Blood, egg, excrement or urine — Cold water; avoid warm water because it makes these substances coagulate, rinse by dabbing with clean water.
  • Liquors, alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, coke or tea — Lukewarm water; if the color mark remains, treat with lemon juice and then rinse it well.
  • Indelible pencil, cocoa, chocolate, pastry with cream or chocolate, ice-cream, or mustard — Lukewarm water; rinse by dabbing with clean water.
  • Vinegar, hair gel, tomato sauce or coffee with sugar — Lemon juice and then wipe with lukewarm water; rinse by dabbing with clean water.

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