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Old 10-03-2013, 7:19 PM
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Default Best method to clean keyboard

Windex and cloth?

Ive only been using it for 3 years without cleaning it, seems like the grime just popped up over night!

What cleans the best?
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Old 10-03-2013, 7:36 PM
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Old 10-03-2013, 7:43 PM
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I use those lysol cleaning wipes for countertops, etc
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Old 10-10-2013, 11:13 PM
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I wouldn't use alcohol as that may damage or remove any coating, color, or affect the plastic on your keyboard. It can sometimes also damage or remove the letters on each key (if the keyboard has its letters stickered onto the key).

Take your keyboard outside, turn it upside down and blow it out with a can of air or blower tool (look at Metro Datavac Electric Duster). Then buy some wipes like these: http://www.amazon.com/Max-Profession...=keyboard+wipe. You can also find similar wipes at your local retailers like Fry's Electronics, Best Buy, etc.

You can also buy some stuff called Cyber Clean. Just take your time and repeat if necessary.
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Old 10-12-2013, 9:06 PM
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Take your keyboard outside, turn it upside down and blow it out with a can of air or blower tool (look at Metro Datavac Electric Duster).
This works well for me. Sometimes I'll use a post-it note's sticky side too.
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Old 10-12-2013, 9:21 PM
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Or you can be like me and after dumping a cup of coffee on it. Run cursing over to the sink and dowsing it with the water sprayer, cursing and praying it will be okay, then for extra measure I leave it upside down on a towel over night. Plug it in the next noght and your GTG. This does not work on laptops....ask me how I know.
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Old 10-16-2013, 1:41 PM
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Or buy a new one for $10.00
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Or you can be like me and after dumping a cup of coffee on it. Run cursing over to the sink and dowsing it with the water sprayer, cursing and praying it will be okay, then for extra measure I leave it upside down on a towel over night. Plug it in the next noght and your GTG. This does not work on laptops....ask me how I know.
It does work on laptops, as long as you remove the KB first
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Or buy a new one for $10.00
Ya like the OEM dell keyboards... I often buy 10 packs on ebay for $100 for work... pretty much disposable at the price, and its a pretty decent keyboard.
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Or buy a new one for $10.00
True, if your keyboard only costs 10 dollars...not such a great solution when your keyboard costs $100+
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Air compressor at 40psi works
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Damp cloth does the trick.
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Old 10-20-2013, 9:04 PM
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Still havent cleaned yet. I just make sure to wash my hands after use.

I think tomorrow I will unplug it and use the compressor to blow out the air and crack it open for the heck of it. If Im too lazy to crack it open, Ill blow it out and use the wipey/wet rag method.

Its this keyboard. I got from a friend for free. I like it because it sits at the perfect angle. Most of the buttons are useless.

http://www.ebtx.com/comp/keyboard.htm

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Old 10-21-2013, 6:01 AM
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I spilled a big glass of orange juice into my keyboard last week.
I took it outside and thoroughly hosed it out then used the air hose to blow all the water out.

Plugged it back in and it works fine and is ever so clean now.
That's the 2nd time this year I've had to do that.

It's standard practice for me to use the compressor to blow all the crumbs and cat hair out of it every couple of months.
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+1 for compressed air and windex after!
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If you buy the current copy-write holder's version of the Model "M" REAL buckling-spring keyboard ( http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...uckling+spring ), you can pop keys off, put them in a bottle dishwasher basket, and throw it in the dishwasher.

If you have a rubber-cone keyboard (anything <$50?) then you get another one, and pitch the dirty one. I can't see wasting time cleaning a rubber-cone keyboard, even an M$...
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Old 10-21-2013, 4:27 PM
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Yup, the best way, i do that all the time when i really want to clean my keyboards. For a quick cleaning, i just use rubbing alcohol and a compressed air can
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i bring it and my desktop outside and use the leaf blower on them
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I have a Topre Realforce, and I just use a keypuller to yank all the keys. It makes it easier to dunk them in detergent water, and blow out the board with canned air.
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I wouldn't use alcohol as that may damage or remove any coating, color, or affect the plastic on your keyboard. It can sometimes also damage or remove the letters on each key (if the keyboard has its letters stickered onto the key).

Take your keyboard outside, turn it upside down and blow it out with a can of air or blower tool (look at Metro Datavac Electric Duster). Then buy some wipes like these: http://www.amazon.com/Max-Profession...=keyboard+wipe. You can also find similar wipes at your local retailers like Fry's Electronics, Best Buy, etc.

You can also buy some stuff called Cyber Clean. Just take your time and repeat if necessary.
This is exactly what I do.

Keyboard outside, upside down and blast with compressed air. Then follow up with Cyber Clean. Stuff works great to remove dust and loose stuff. To remove the grime, you may have to use the dishwasher method or wipes that were made for cleaning PC components.

http://www.amazon.com/Cyber-Clean-25.../dp/B00375JBL4

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Old 10-25-2013, 10:12 AM
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turn it upside down & shake - repeat as necessary.
occasionally wipe the dust off as well.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:19 AM
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On regular unplugable desktop keyboards a company I used to work for tested them by running them through a dishwasher without soap. Worked well but a fairly drastic measure IMO.
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:32 AM
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I still havent cleaned it yet
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Dip it in water...

I just use canned air and Lysol wipes...
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Hell, you can even clean a motherboard in the dishwasher, if you take the battery out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De8BV-2mxec
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I just turn it over and pound on it. Watch the crumbs fall out!

FYI, I use this method for more than just my keyboard.
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1. Wash your hands more often

2. Don't eat over your keyboard

After those two, just chuck the thing if it gets that dirty. Yes, a $100 keyboard. If you get it that filthy without eating over it, you're wasting money spending that much on a keyboard.
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I wouldn't use alcohol as that may damage or remove any coating, color, or affect the plastic on your keyboard. It can sometimes also damage or remove the letters on each key (if the keyboard has its letters stickered onto the key).

Take your keyboard outside, turn it upside down and blow it out with a can of air or blower tool (look at Metro Datavac Electric Duster). Then buy some wipes like these: http://www.amazon.com/Max-Profession...=keyboard+wipe. You can also find similar wipes at your local retailers like Fry's Electronics, Best Buy, etc.

You can also buy some stuff called Cyber Clean. Just take your time and repeat if necessary.
+1 keep that baby clean!
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1. Wash your hands more often

2. Don't eat over your keyboard

After those two, just chuck the thing if it gets that dirty. Yes, a $100 keyboard. If you get it that filthy without eating over it, you're wasting money spending that much on a keyboard.
Great suggestions

1.Because we all know that our hands are the only source of dirt on a keyboard right? (especially after 3 years of not cleaning)

2.I dont eat at my desk.
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I just blew out whatever dust was in it and used a lightly damp rag with warm water. Clean as new!

Now it will be another 3 years until the next cleaning

And no, Im not going to throw out a perfectly good keyboard, regardless of how much it cost.
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