computer keyboards

United States
March 1, 2007 1:26am CST
Some time ago I have several people (including a college professor) tell me the easy way to clean a computer keyboard is to put it on the top rack of the dishwasher and let it run through the cycle. (Not letting it heat dry). Has anyone else heard of this or even tried it? I had mentioned it to a couple of other people just recently and they thought that I was crazy.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
1 Mar 07
Absolutely not, get a can of air to blow it out or get a computer vacuum. If the keys are sticky, you can try popping one off and cleaning them one at a time, if it is really bad, but a new key board, they are not that expensive. I am going to guess that if you throw your keyboard in a dishwasher you will end up buying a new one anyhow. On and btw, just because a person is a college professor, it does not mean they know anything about computers.
• United States
3 Mar 07
He is the head of the computer department.
@blueman (16513)
• India
1 Mar 07
nopes, never tried that anyways whats the need for it. i don't think it get that dirty.
• United States
1 Mar 07
It is if you have a husband that eats while using the computer and is a slob while eating. And keeps dropping ashes on the keyboard.
• India
1 Mar 07
Dude i have not heard about putting your keyboard in the dishwasher. But still i would recomend you not to do so as it may harm the keyboard. Its better that you clean it with a toothbrush. It is a bit lenghty process but it wont harm your keyboard.
• United States
1 Mar 07
Dudette what would make the difference if you did it cause if the keys stick anyhow and the keyboard is to the point it is almost a piece of junk?
@imsilver (1667)
• Canada
1 Mar 07
Nope, it's not crazy. I've done it a couple of times before. Just carefully take the keyboard apart and remove the contact sheet with the wiring on the inside. That can just be wiped down with a damp cloth. the other pieces can go into the dishwasher and it does a pretty good job of cleaning it.
@freak369 (5122)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I have never heard of cleaning a keyboard this way but I would have to assume that you coudl do it if you were willing to rip the keys off of it, give it plenty of time to dry and take the risk that it would be ruined if you screwed up. If your keyboard is a cheaper one, it might just be easier to go get a new one rather than waste time to put it in the dishwasher and wait days for it to dry completely. Common sense would dictate that you wash it alone / without dishes so that you reduce the risk of any food particles getting jammed into the keyboard.
@KaMlBob (786)
• United States
1 Mar 07
If it's a nice keyboard, I pop the buttons off soak them in hot soapy water (after I spray them with ammonia) then I squirt the board it's self with hot water, dish soap and ammonia solutions. I then take q-tips and a toothbrush and scrub, wipe it spotless, set it on it's side by the heater for an hour or so (just incase it got wet some place) and then replace all those keys! That can be tricky if you have an oddball keyboard, but afterwards the keyboard is as good as new, no sticking, nothing. You would be amazed at what lies beneath the keys!!! YUCKY!
• India
1 Mar 07
well i thinks for cleaning your key board fisrt take of all the swithchs and then clean it i am sure it is not easy but if u have done any type of hardware course then u can do this