Cleaning Keyboards

United States
August 14, 2007 7:35am CST
Yesterday I decided to pop all the keys out of my keyboard and clean it. I accidentally spilled a drink on it a couple days ago and they were sticking so bad I could barely type anymore. It took a long time, but I thought it was clean and everything was good. Now this morning they are starting to stick again! I am going to try to clean it again... I just used q-tips and water last time and I got soooo much gunk and stickiness out I thought I was good! Guess not. What are your experiences with cleaning keyboards? Do you ever do it? This was my first time ever doing it.
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46 responses
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I have never actually spilled anything on the keyboard really. I use that can of air that blows all of the dust and crumbs or whatever that accumulate over time. That seems to work best if I turn the keyboard upside down and blow the air into it. It did get to the point where my keys would stick too. Good luck getting that gunk out! I know it is a pain!
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• United States
14 Aug 07
Thanks. Maybe you can come over and clean it for me with your can of air ;)
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@wiccania (3362)
• United States
14 Aug 07
Did you just wash the keyboard itself? Or did you wash the keys as well? You ave to wash those too when you spill something, because they get the sticky stuff all over as well. When I've cleaned my keyboard, I've put the keys in a sink full of hot water and stirred them around for a little while. Then scooped them out a handful at a time, gave em a good shake and laid them out on a towel to dry. Make sure they're completely dry before putting them back on.
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• United States
14 Aug 07
Yeah, I soaked the keys in water and washed them with a paper towel.
@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
14 Aug 07
You are lucky the keyboard did not get shocked when you spill a drink on it. I had one experience and I had to use a hairdryer to dry it as the keys keep going haywire. As for cleaning the keyboard, I used to do it annually using toothpaste or gif powder, just need to be a bit careful with the letters being wiped clean. LOL.
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• United States
14 Aug 07
Yeah, I was sure it wasn't going to work right after that one. I spilled half a drink on it and I didn't really do much to wipe it up at the time, either. Oops.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
14 Aug 07
No havent but my son uses Qtips and rubbing acahol(sp) on every thing cleans it better and faster
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@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I clean mine often and i shake it out and than i use alochol and qtios to clean it with ,im always amazes at what comes off this thing I have never taken one apart the dang thing would probley never work again if i did but i have about 6 extras seems according to hubby i am addicted to jeyboards, whenever we go somewhere i always look for another one.
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• United States
14 Aug 07
The last time I cleaned mine - I needed a new one when I was done. Noone in my house was happy with me so I look forward to what others say. I used windex and a toothbrush to get in between the keys.
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
15 Aug 07
Keyboards are the story of my life. I eat, drink & smoke at the keyboard. Hubby & my daughter get so angry. I find the very best way to clean the keyboard is to use a toothbrush. I havbe spilt all sorts of foods on the keyboard.
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I hadn't thought to use a tooth brush before on my keyboard. Thanks for the tip. My husband gets mad if I am at the computer eating. I told him it was no different then him eating in front of his television which he does quite often, more often then not.
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@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
14 Aug 07
If you have a standard old-school keyboard, you can actually put it in the DISHWASHER to clean it! Does a great job. I wouldn't suggest this on any keyboards that have electronics, or batteries, like a wireless keyboard, or a keyboard that has indicator lights for caps lock and such. But if it is just a keyboard, no lights, no batteries, nothing fancy - you can wash it in the dishwasher.
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• United States
14 Aug 07
Wow that's crazy. Mine has lights and stuff so I guess I can't try it :(
@MonAmb (126)
14 Aug 07
I also eed to clean out my keboard but it is integrated into my laptop, how do i do it? Like you, i also spilled about half a drink on the top left of my keyboard and a few of the keys stick every now and then. I have found out that when my laptop has been on for a while and is fairly warm, the keys do not tend to stick, but when it has just been turned on, they stick! I guess the coca-cola that i spilt goes back to fluid when it is warmed up...Any tips on cleaning my laptop keyboard would be great!
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• United States
14 Aug 07
I have never owned a laptop so I have no idea how to clean the keyboard. Sorry :\ Maybe someone else will know!
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
14 Aug 07
we use a mini vac for dust and try ever so hard not to spill liquid on it! did u manage to get rid of the stickiness????
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• United States
14 Aug 07
Well, at first I did, but now a couple keys are starting to stick again. It's better than before, though, so I think I just have to try to clean it again.
@bindishah (2063)
• India
14 Aug 07
I havent really cleaned my keyboard that often but Ive heard steam cleans it up pretty well. If you have a steam machine for your clothes, you can use that for your keyboard as well. It will do the job pretty good.
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• United States
14 Aug 07
I've always wanted one of those, but I can't afford it yet!
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• Pakistan
30 Nov 07
well its very dificult thing. cleaning of key board ohh my god you know what is the most bad thing in it its little keys its very dificult to clean them properly i always try to keep liquied things at distance from keyboard well konw you experieanced that and you will also do the same thing that i am doing
@Zhanec (1653)
• Malaysia
30 Nov 07
cleaning the keyboard...is FUN..seriously i enjoy cleaning the keyboard very much.Say,why do u use only q-tips and water?It is not enough to get rid of the stickiness.I suggest that you should remove all the pad (sorry..i forget the name of that thing) ..Just take every piece of it out and wash it carefully with water.Else you can dry to wipe it with damp cloth.Sound too much of hassle but this is the most effective way..at least to me ^^ .
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@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
29 Nov 07
I have never cleaned my key board, and it is very dirty. I have never spilled anything on it so none of my keys stick, but I have the daily grime on all the keys. I have never thought to take the keys off and clean everything. This is going to be my project for this weekend. I have read in some of your responses that people use those air cans. I have tried this in the past and don't find it to work so good. Yeah it may get out the little bits of dirt and paper that seem to get between the keys, but it doesn't really get it clean. Thanks for the idea to clean mine. I will use a little soap and water to clean each one really good. I will use Sunlight dish soap because it seems to be the best for everything delicate.
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@muralimn (535)
• United Arab Emirates
14 Nov 07
Once I too spilled some juice on my keyboard and after that I could not type. Then I cleaned it with water and then it was fine. I do not use anything else. Sometime I clean with vacuum cleaner.
• Philippines
14 Nov 07
am not really a meticulous person and there's no way i would do that
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• India
14 Nov 07
Hey I had cleaned my keybord, quite long ago, once. But it was when my sis dropped her cup of coffee over it. I then opened it all up and cleaned it with just water and cotton. It was all fine then. Now a days I take care that nothing sticky or watery falls on my keyboard and for the dust I clean it regularly with a dry clothe. It stays fine that way.
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@juhiram (188)
14 Nov 07
better stop taking keys out for cleaning purpose....then take one aqua cleaner this machine will provide a brush and will enable us to clean the whole keys this brush will take out the small and fine dust particals out...and will make u out of the trouble with the dust..
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• United States
7 Nov 07
I haven't ever spilled anything on mine before. I just try to wipe over mine each week when I clean house.
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@navtech (1776)
• India
25 Aug 07
Dear wooitsmolly, I had to throw 2 keyboards because once coffee fallen on the keyboard. On that day the keyboard was working O.K. next day it started creating problem. First I could not understand what was the cause then I remembered coffee fallen on keyboard. I requested my friend to clean it. He did. It started working properly. After few months it started giving the same problem when I was typing an important documents. Immediately I purchased new keyboard. This new keyboard started giving problem after 2 years. Immediately I bought new one which I am working right now.