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keyboard cleaning

Post by Merlin » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:14 pm

I have heard outrageous stories about cleaning a keyboard. Is there an easy way or is my thought right that you basically need to take keys off a few at a time to clean under and around them then move on to the rest??
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by insanenoodle » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:28 pm

ugh.. taking the keys out? pita imho. can't you do something more convenient.. such as pour a bottle of rubbing alcohol on it or something?

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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by skier » Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:52 pm

i clean it that way(pop off the keys) it may be a pita, but you get it looking good as new :) and its not like you do it once a week
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by ibleet » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:25 pm

Yep, pop off the keys and go to work. At least thats how I do it.

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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by butterfly_bh » Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:53 am

My husband has poped off my keyboard keys and then he mixed up between the (page up , Page down ) keys but it's ok .. :roll:

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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Merlin » Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:36 am

you guys/gals are no help at all ](*,) so there is no substitute for "hard" work? :vom: I guess I'll just have to... :axe:
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by DMB2000uk » Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:45 am

Hey, washing your keyboard in the dishwasher worked ok for that forum member a while back
Even if the second time they did it, it broke >_>

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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by vicaphit » Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:59 am

DMB2000uk wrote:Hey, washing your keyboard in the dishwasher worked ok for that forum member a while back
I was about to warn against doing that!

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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Gamble » Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:24 pm

I would say if it's an ancient keyboard try the dishwasher, if it is a new one do the tedious cleaning and from then on make sure your hands are clean first and don't eat over it! I owned a laptop for four years that I always used with clean hands, never needed cleaning once!!
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Darkstar » Tue Feb 05, 2008 2:48 pm

Gamble wrote:I would say if it's an ancient keyboard try the dishwasher, if it is a new one do the tedious cleaning and from then on make sure your hands are clean first and don't eat over it! I owned a laptop for four years that I always used with clean hands, never needed cleaning once!!
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by skier » Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:43 pm

butterfly_bh wrote:My husband has poped off my keyboard keys and then he mixed up between the (page up , Page down ) keys but it's ok .. :roll:
thats why i use another keyboard as a reference for where the keys go :rolleyes:
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Merlin » Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:20 pm

Oh well I guess I have no choice but to .......BUY A NEW KEYBOARD :finga:
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Topher » Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:20 pm

Yeah, unless you paid an ungodly amount of money for your keyboard, I'd just pitch it and buy a new one.
I usually buy fairily cheap ones, but not those piece of crap $15 ones from Big Lots.
I recently bought the Saitek Eclipse for $45 and I"ve been pretty happy with it. I just can't justify spending $70 - $100 for a keyboard.

As far as laptops go, you can usually buy a full replacement keyboard for you laptop for about $50 if you're not afraid to open it up and change it out yourself.
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by DemonicDerek » Tue Feb 05, 2008 7:11 pm

Ok, popping off the keys could work. I honestly like to take a Q-Tip and just swipe that in between the keys (can't get deep down but will get rid of a lot of dust).

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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Merlin » Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:25 pm

IF you could drink a 12 pack while working it wouldn't be too bad but......ooops spilled Bud light in my keyboard might not be the best thing to clean it with.
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Mad_Goku » Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:09 pm

I know of a few people who have washed their keyboards in the dishwasher....turned out ok actually and they still worked.

Only do it if it's a cheap plain keyboard....nothing special...

Also don't plug it in right away...make sure it completely dries first

Oh and DON'T USE HEAT DRY.

Do I recommend using this way??? No...but to each his own. I've never done it nor will I....my keyboard cost 70 bucks..
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Cannyone » Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:00 am

There was one instance where I basically took a keyboard completely apart. Soaked the plastic parts. Cleaned them off with a towel and let them dry overnight. And put it all back together again successfully. Of course I was a stark raving lunatic long before I ever considered doing this... Oh and I had another computer to use, while that system was down.

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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Wildfire788 » Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:04 pm

If I notice that my keyboard needs cleaning, I just toss it into the closet as a backup and pay ~$6 for a new one. :P

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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by werty316 » Tue Feb 12, 2008 6:10 pm

Pop the the keys off and use an old tooth brush, work for me whenever I need to clean my keyboard.
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Re: keyboard cleaning

Post by Merlin » Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:49 pm

how many you have in the closet?? maybe time to break out the ole toothbrush and a 12 pack....oh yea we said that might be a bad idea....now this is mostly spam on my part sorry guys.
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