Tilted Forum Project Discussion Community  

Go Back   Tilted Forum Project Discussion Community > The Academy > Tilted Knowledge and How-To


 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-24-2003, 11:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
Crazy
 
Cleaning Keyboards

How do you do it? Is it worth the effort? I need to get out the food, hair, dirt, and whatnot between the keys. The keys and the surround are pretty dirty too.

Is it easier to jsut buy a new keyboard?

Thanks in advance
__________________
People Are Stupid. People can be made to believe any lie, either
because they want it to be true or because they fear that it is.
tricks is offline  
Old 06-25-2003, 01:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
**PORNHOUND**
 
Ashton's Avatar
 
Location: California
If you have a fancy keyboard it's worth the trouble to clean it..... I spilled a Martini on my Logitech cordless and had too pop off a few keys to unstick them, It works as good as new A cheapo keybpard wouldn't be worth the trouble though......
Ashton is offline  
Old 06-25-2003, 06:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
Banned
 
Location: Canada
Cleaning keyboards can be an interesting task. If there's a lot of dry stuff on it (dirt, hairs, dust, etc.), then cleaning is easy. If you have spilled something on it (coffee, pop, whatever), then buy a new one.

Cleaning Steps:

Unplug your keyboard.
First, get a nice clean cloth, damp it a bit, and wipe off all surface dust and dirt.
Now, take a vacuum cleaner (Shopvacs work well) and clean between the keys. If you have compressed air, or a blower vacuum, then blow some air into the gaps. Take a flat object (butterknife works well), and pry out the keys...(its very easy, they should just snap off)....Then, blow out any dust and hairs from the inside.
If there's permanent spots on the keyboard (dirt, fingerprints, etc.) then get some 80% or lower Rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol) and wipe off dirty spots. Leave the keyboard to dry.

Make sure the thing is compltely dry before you plug it in.

If you like taking risks, try giving it a bath in pure distilled water. Then leave it to dry. Technically, nothing should happen to the keyboard.
scope is offline  
Old 06-25-2003, 03:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
Junkie
 
fhqwhgads's Avatar
 
One big thing to remember:

If you're not extremely familiar with the layout of your keys, write them down!

It's a pain in the ass to try to remember where the insert, delete, end, home keys go.
fhqwhgads is offline  
Old 06-25-2003, 03:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
Know Where!
 
MacGnG's Avatar
 
office depot: can of air
"compressed air duster"
MacGnG is offline  
Old 06-25-2003, 04:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
Crazy
 
Just put it in the dish washing machine...


Kidding!
shadrock is offline  
Old 06-26-2003, 02:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
**PORNHOUND**
 
Ashton's Avatar
 
Location: California
If you do decide to pop off the keys....... remember that the shift, backspace, enter and spacebar keys have a bracket to keep them from wobbling and it's a bitch to get them back in place unless you know how to pop them back in..... although when you figure it out it's easy
Ashton is offline  
Old 06-26-2003, 01:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
Upright
 
I find that the compressed can of air works well too. But I'm curious to see if the wet wash cloth will get rid of the grease buildup the keys usually get from your hands. Will it take care of that problem too?
__________________
Computers are Buddhists. Everytime you upgrade your OS, it gets ressurrected.
Angellord is offline  
Old 06-26-2003, 11:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
Upright
 
Quote:
Originally posted by shadrock
Just put it in the dish washing machine...


Kidding!
Actually, I've done this after I spilled V8 into mine. Just put it in on the shortest cycle without detergent and pull it out before the dry cycle comes on. Let it dry for a couple days and it's good as new.

Beats the hell out of shelling out for a new one.
goat_attack is offline  
Old 06-28-2003, 04:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
Delicious
 
Reese's Avatar
 
You can use the dishwasher if you take dont get the circuit board wet so remove it. If your keyboard has too many pieces to remove then a good can of compessed air works just as good..

then again my old keyboard isn't working anymore.. I swear the diswasher didn't cause it.
__________________
It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick - Dave Barry
Reese is offline  
Old 06-28-2003, 04:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
Insane
 
Location: Calgary, AB
j ust fixed my right shift key. looking under it almost made me vomit though. ugh, i think i'd rather buy a new kb than clean out this one
__________________
no substance
obelix is offline  
Old 06-30-2003, 08:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
Indifferent to anti-matter
 
vermin's Avatar
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
I've found that if you spray a household cleaner like Fantastic or Windex on a paper towel, then brush the towel over the keys lightly pressing the towel to a single key at a time you can get the finger goo off the keys without even unplugging.
__________________
If puns were sausages, this would be the wurst.
vermin is offline  
Old 07-01-2003, 01:04 AM   #13 (permalink)
Eccentric insomniac
 
Slims's Avatar
 
Location: North Carolina
You can rinse most keyboard off under the faucet....as long as they aren't laptop keyboards.

I have done this several times with mine, and it still works fine.
__________________
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." - Winston Churchill

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible." Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence
Slims is offline  
Old 07-02-2003, 08:02 AM   #14 (permalink)
Crazy
 
noblejr's Avatar
 
Location: Atlanta
take it apart form the back. there's a rubber membrane below the keys to catch spills. just wash that under the sink, shake all the bits out of the keyboard, and put it back together. (dishwasher method killed my roommates keyboard)
noblejr is offline  
Old 07-02-2003, 01:07 PM   #15 (permalink)
smithja0423
Guest
 
we resurrect keyboards around here all the time, usually with isopropyl alcohol and an air duster. Done regularly, they'll look and function like new. We've got a lot of women here that use WAY too much hand lotion and you'd be surprised how much gunk accumulates.
 
Old 07-03-2003, 08:33 AM   #16 (permalink)
Upright
 
also, 409 (from local grocery cleaning supply section ) works great for the crap built up on the keyboard. agree with many others that compressed air works great for the hair/fuzz/dust between keys

good luck
r
smithrussell is offline  
Old 07-04-2003, 08:53 AM   #17 (permalink)
hip mama
 
flamingpeach's Avatar
 
Location: redmond, washington
Most you can just pop the keys off (careful with the space bar, some keyboards have a funky wire holding it on) and you can clean it with a few q-tips and a damn cloth.

I have a terrible time cleaning mine, its always filthy.

I've heard things about cans of air (you can get them in the computer section of most stores) and you can just spray all the junk out, as long as its not sticky.

Good luck
__________________
I've eaten my veggies all my life so bring it on, I am educated and strong for the revolution.
flamingpeach is offline  
Old 07-05-2003, 02:39 PM   #18 (permalink)
Upright
 
my keyboard is so freaking dirty, im just going to buy a new one. theres enough cookie crums under my keys to make a whole new batch of cookies.

and theres chocolate stuck on some places, man its gross.
Motorbreath is offline  
Old 07-08-2003, 06:28 PM   #19 (permalink)
Junkie
 
zero2's Avatar
 
I make sure your comp is turned off, unplug keyboard, pull out cotton swabs and isopropl alcohol, and start swabbing the keys.

If there something inside your keyboard like dust, use compressed air, make sure that you point the can at an angle, and not downward, or you could release coolant which would then be a lot worse.

Sometimes I even unscrew the screw open up the keyboard and clean within. Good luck
zero2 is offline  
Old 07-09-2003, 10:45 AM   #20 (permalink)
Addict
 
Location: Wisconsin, USA
I just have to tell this story. I was assigned a help desk ticket for a broken keyboard. When I visited the user's office I found that it wasn't working and replaced it with a new one.

When I picked up the "broken" keyboard, about a cup of liquid spilled out of it! Turned out she had decided to clean her keyboard. By spraying windex on the keys, wiping it down, and repeating. Not the way to go about it. Once it dried out, it worked fine.
mtsgsd is offline  
Old 07-09-2003, 01:42 PM   #21 (permalink)
Junkie
 
zero2's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally posted by mtsgsd
I just have to tell this story. I was assigned a help desk ticket for a broken keyboard. When I visited the user's office I found that it wasn't working and replaced it with a new one.

When I picked up the "broken" keyboard, about a cup of liquid spilled out of it! Turned out she had decided to clean her keyboard. By spraying windex on the keys, wiping it down, and repeating. Not the way to go about it. Once it dried out, it worked fine.
cool story, I had a lady come to me asking why her keyboard wasn't working too, she told she had cleaned her keyboard becuase her makeup was getting on the keys and food was dropping in between the keys. So I asked her how did she clean it, she told me she soaked a towel in water and started wiping away...I said whoooa whooa you never clean a keyboard like that.
zero2 is offline  
Old 07-10-2003, 03:03 AM   #22 (permalink)
Upright
 
I have this Duster stuff in a bottle that is basically a can o compressed air. Shoots anything in the keyboard out---excluding liquids of course.
SnotGoblin is offline  
Old 07-10-2003, 01:34 PM   #23 (permalink)
Junkie
 
Location: Canada eh?
Quote:
Originally posted by shadrock
Just put it in the dish washing machine...


Kidding!
If you have an M style IBM keyboard (the clicky kind based on the slectric electric typewriter) you can do this. Make sure you set the dishwasher on a rinsh and hold setting or take it out before the dry cycle unless you're after a Salvidor Dali experience DAMHIKT.

--
DAMHIKT :-> Don't Ask Me How I Know This
etla is offline  
Old 07-10-2003, 03:55 PM   #24 (permalink)
Junkie
 
zero2's Avatar
 
Aren't there like these thin plastic coverings that slip onto the keyboard, you can even type with them on, best of all it will protect you keyboard from spills, dust, and crumbs.
zero2 is offline  
Old 07-11-2003, 04:15 AM   #25 (permalink)
Crazy
 
yeah, they help, but not retroactively
__________________
I:IV:XV
daoist is offline  
Old 07-21-2003, 10:20 AM   #26 (permalink)
Insane
 
Location: About 70 pixals above this...
Best thing i did with mine was use rubbing alcohol (highest M as possible) and just dropped it into the tub and started swishing away. works great, kills germs. Oh, and it cleans really well. Evaporates in a few minutes.
BenChuy is offline  
Old 07-21-2003, 10:55 AM   #27 (permalink)
Insane
 
blow it out with air in a can
__________________
winning isn't everything but
losing isn't anything
sportsrule101 is offline  
Old 07-21-2003, 01:04 PM   #28 (permalink)
Crazy
 
Location: Louisiana
actually windows had a program that tests your keys or its norton.. cant remember.. while you have it on test mode your keyboard is disabled so you can click keys.. so if you dont know where the g key is just start tapping till you find it and place it there..

unless your an ass like me and while your friend is cleaning it remap the keyboard.. hehe
mydragonfido is offline  
Old 07-21-2003, 02:27 PM   #29 (permalink)
Junkie
 
Location: Louisiana
once again.. sorry .. mydragonfido.. should have left a note saying your were logged on my puter lol
__________________
It means only one thing, and everything: Cut. Once committed to fight, Cut. Everything else is secondary. Cut. That is your duty, your purpose, your hunger. There is no rule more important, no commitment that overrides that one. Cut. The lines are a portrayal of the dance. Cut from the void, not from bewilderment. Cut the enemy as quickly and directly as possible. Cut with certainty. Cut decisively, resoultely. Cut into his strength. Flow through the gaps in his guard. Cut him. Cut him down utterly. Don't allow him a breath. Crush him. Cut him without mercy to the depth of his spirit. It is the balance to life: death. It is the dance with death. It is the law a war wizard lives by, or he dies.
Drider_it is offline  
Old 07-21-2003, 10:48 PM   #30 (permalink)
Upright
 
I seriously put it under the sink, with all the keys poped off. then just use a hair dryer on it till all the water is gone (let it sit overnight) and your good as new.
Spinflip is offline  
Old 07-21-2003, 11:27 PM   #31 (permalink)
Psycho
 
dtheriault's Avatar
 
Location: maybe utah
can you pop the keys off of a toshiba laptop? my son plays with a tub of rice and i have a rice kernel stuck under the ctrl key. i hate not being able to use the ctrl key.
__________________
"Remember, it takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen." -Homer

Unless you are the freakin Highlander, what is the point in learning how to fight with a sword?

Last edited by dtheriault; 07-21-2003 at 11:29 PM..
dtheriault is offline  
Old 07-22-2003, 05:04 PM   #32 (permalink)
jdkash
Guest
 
eh use a vacume cleaner and some alcohal and qtips
 
Old 07-22-2003, 06:29 PM   #33 (permalink)
Upright
 
Location: Cali
Don't use water on something that has circuits in it .. Doh. First pick the keyboard up and give it a few bangs and watch all the curmbs and stuff come out then ... Use a little bit of household cleanser or even alcohol and wipe it up immediately. As some people have said .. jsut go buy a new keyboard, you can get inexpensive ones that are just as good as the expensive models.
Big T is offline  
Old 07-22-2003, 09:59 PM   #34 (permalink)
rst
Upright
 
ş şŨĿfuRic čiD. w0rĸs fin so Fŗ
rst is offline  
Old 07-23-2003, 02:50 AM   #35 (permalink)
Upright
 
Location: Northern New England
buy a new one. figure how much your time is worth.
jrissala is offline  
Old 07-23-2003, 08:32 AM   #36 (permalink)
Tilted
 
Location: USA
Just going to say keyboards left uncleaned get disgusting!! And I don't gross out easily, but if you eat and drink at your desk, have pets, and whatnot, look out lol. It is unbelievable to me everytime I clean it how nasty it has gotten. A while back some hardware site sent a typical dirty keyboard from their office to have it checked for viruses, bacteria, etc. When they got the results it was amazing, everything known to humankind that can get you sick was in there, ewww. So keep the keyboards clean kids!
enough is offline  
Old 07-23-2003, 11:33 AM   #37 (permalink)
Upright
 
I clean mine all the time. Just take the screws out the back to take the outer pieces apart, and make sure u pay attention to what order the layers are in in inside before you touch them. Most keyboards have a big rubber pad that controls the key depression and in this case it is very easy. Some keyboards, (Dell keyboards are the only one's I've seen that do this...QuietKey), have individual road rubber "dimples" for each key. Those can be a real pain to put back in. Otherwise, it's rather simple. You can pop the keys out and clean them individually if you have a bit of time. If you use any type of cleaner on the inside though, make sure it dries completely before putting it back together. Any type of moisture in the keyboard will cause erratic behavior, aka "spilt coffee syndrome".
Casdin is offline  
Old 07-23-2003, 12:51 PM   #38 (permalink)
Too hot in the hot tub!
 
pixelbend's Avatar
 
I have read an article where a guy took apart his apple keyboard and put it in the dish washer, sans - electronics.

Put it back together and it was good as new.

I don't think I would use the high heat setting tho.
__________________
But I don't want ANY Spam!
pixelbend is offline  
 

Tags
cleaning, keyboards

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:02 PM.

Tilted Forum Project

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
© 2002-2012 Tilted Forum Project

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360