5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2008 7:48 PM by Robert Su1
Robert Su1 Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
How to clean your sticky keyboard

** Disclaimer: I offer you my own experience for your reference only. You are doing the work at your own risk.**

Before cleaning your sticky keyboard, you should make a few tools for the work.

Make you tools:
1. Get a couple or three metal paperclips. Straighten and reshape them into a small hook (2-4 mm) on the both ends, and make a loop in the middle of the wire for placing your finger in while working on your key caps.
2. Save a used toothbrush.
3. Have some Q-tips
4. A small cup of water,
5. A can of air duster.
6. A container for the key caps.

Start to work on the keyboard:
1. Unplug the keyboard from the computer.
2. Place the keyboard on a leveled surface such a desk or table.
3. Copy the layout of the keys on the keyboard.
4. Use the hand-made hooks to gently slide under each key and evenly lift it up.
5. Place the key caps in the container.
6. After removing all the key caps, use the used brush to clean the surface of the keyboard.
7. If necessary, wet the Q-tip to clean the surface of the keyboard.
8. Gently turn the keyboard upside down to let the debris and dirt move into a trashcan.
9. Use the air duster to blow the keyboard clean.

Clean the key caps:
1. Use the brush to gently clean inside of each key cap.
2. Be careful of handling the spring wires inside of some larger key caps.
3. Gently remove the wire, if necessary. Watch out the plastic retainers on the key cap for the wire. Do not break them.
4. If necessary, wet a Q-tip to clean inside of the key cap.
5. If necessary, use the air duster to blow the debris and dirt off the key cap.
6. If the key cap is wet, make sure to dry it with a Q-tip before replacement to the keyboard.

Replacement of key caps:
1. While comparing with the copy of the keyboard layout, replace the key caps back to the keyboard.
2. After correctly position the key cap on the keyboard, gently push down the key cap evenly until a sound of click.
3. After complete the replacement of key caps, check every key to make sure they are in place the way they should.
4. Type each key to check for stickiness.

Plug and Play:
1. Plug the keyboard back to the computer.
2. Type each key in a document to make sure every key is responding properly.


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