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cleaning keyboards.. advice appreciated

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by SanPedro, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. SanPedro

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    i have a white Apple kezboard that had some wine spilt on it last week - not me honest.

    A lot of the kezs have gone bonkers and donát displaz their correct kezstrokes :(

    Any suggestions on cleaning them. i have heard you can soak them in water but am a bit reluctant to do so in case that screws it up altogether.

    CL
     
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    I've never cleaned an Apple keyboard, but I cleaned my PC keyboard a few weeks ago. Just took out all the keys, washed them in a bowl, and used some cotton buds to clean up the keyboard itself. I think the most important thing to do as soon as any liquid is spilt is to unplug the keyboard so it doesn't short.
     
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    stop lying :p.

    just give your right hand a rest :rotfl:
     
  4. eviljohn2

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    I've never cleaned crap from off of keys (my 10 year old keyboard is now a bit manky :blush: ) but you can usually unscrew the back panel from a keyboard and properly clean between the keys. Just shaking it upside down dislodges some stuff but even more gets trapped beneath the keys when you do that. :)
     
  5. SanPedro

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    I can pop the keys off easy enough, but the problem seems to lie underneath where the keys are fixed. Keystrokes and letters appear to have switched around y is now z, the apostrophe is a different character etc. Tis driving me nuts.
     
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    Has someone been playing the age-old trick on you of switching the keys around when you weren't looking? :clown:
     
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    Take it all apart and soak/gently agitate everything in water, let it dry and put it back together, but make sure it's dry. I have rescued several PC keyboards this way.

    dave
     
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    Of course,the server and screen could probably benefit from this treatment too :D :D ,honest!
     
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    I've cleaned an non-white Apple keyboard by putting it in the sink of warm water and just scrubbing it. Afterwards drain as much water out as you can then dry it off with a hairdryer. Worked a treat... then I spilled red wine over it and it never recovered. I also managed to pour a pint of water over a new white Apple keyboard a month or so ago - 10 minutes under the hand dryer at work and it was good as new.

    Then there was the time the cat knocked orange squash into the air vent of a mac... it never really recovered so i sold it on ebay to a vicar not long after. I'll probably burn in hell for that one. Ho hum.
     
  10. SanPedro

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    thanks guzs. Think i will give it a soak and dry overnight.

    let zou know tomorrow if mz tzping is able to improve bezond this lousz standard.
     
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    Do make sure its drz though :)

    Joking aside, getting the PCB properly clean with fresh water may well help, and you have little to lose. If you can get the back off it will improve the rinse and the drying. There is an Urban myth you can clean/restore a dysfunctional keyboard in a dishwasher, but I think that's probably best left as a myth.

    Edit: or should that be a mzth?

    Dave
     
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    How about an insurance claim? Should be standard contents cover, unless laptop.

    Reminds me of recent Apple damage - a mate fell asleep with his iPod playing and a can of Fosters in one hand - he woke up with a cracked brown screen and it had stopped playing - quick call and claim, got a brand new replacement.
     
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    I know some one who used to pop his keyboard in the dishwasher. Then let it dry out in the airing cupboard. He swore by it. :eek:
     
  14. SanPedro

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    Well a gave it a good rinse by hand last night (no soap or fairy liquid) and left it to dry in the airing cupboard. :D

    Fingers crossed everything will be ok by tonight.
     
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    Hot water usually works. I've brought a few expensive keyboards back to life this way. Banything with sugar in it, coke, coffee, etc will usually kill it unless you are quick with the water....
     
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    Yeah, that's great, but what about his iPod?

    :D
     
  18. SanPedro

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    It's now working ok :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

    A good old rinse, a night in the airing cupboard (still not dry at that point) and a then a night spent on top of a folded bath towel on the Aga. Sorted :thumbsup:

    Phew.
     
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    At lest once a year I remove all the keys on mind and take the rest apart and use luke warm water with a little washing up liquid. Spread the bits out on a towel and let it dry.
     
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    Washing keyboards is great!
     

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