Cleaning a keyboard?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Fishb8, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. Fishb8

    Fishb8 Guest

    Hi
    My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains. What's
    the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?
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    Fishb8, Mar 24, 2005
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  2. Fishb8

    rupert Guest

    You'd have to dismantle it - remove the keys, which should lever off them
    unscrew the plastic casing and then only wash that. There are electronics
    inside which would not appreciated a washing.

    Alternatively get a new one - they start from about $20....


    "Fishb8" <> wrote in message
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    > Hi
    > My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains. What's
    > the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?
    > ~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~
    > ~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~ (r)
    > Roy Price - May the Fish be with you
    >
    rupert, Mar 24, 2005
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  3. In article <9iD0e.12488$>,
    "Fishb8" <> wrote:

    > My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains. What's
    > the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?


    First thing to try is wiping with a damp microfibre cloth (Mytee brand
    works quite well)

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    YAnewswatcher, Mar 24, 2005
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  4. Fishb8

    C9H8O4 Guest

    "Fishb8" <> wrote in message
    news:9iD0e.12488$...
    > Hi
    > My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains. What's
    > the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?
    > ~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~
    > ~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~ (r)
    > Roy Price - May the Fish be with you
    >


    I'd try a washing machine, on the "gentle" cycle of course. But seriously
    folks, the last plain-vanilla keyboard I bought cost $8 and I've found that
    it's easier to buy a new one that clean an old one. Handy hint: take the old
    keyboard, swap two of the keys and give it to a friend. Hours of
    entertainment for everybody ! :)
    C9H8O4, Mar 24, 2005
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  5. In article <9iD0e.12488$>,
    "Fishb8" <> wrote:

    >My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains.


    All my old keyboards are Mac ones. I've always been careful never to
    spill food or drink on them (after this one accident back in the early
    1990s...). They do build up various accumulations of gunk both on and
    in-between the keys. I find a toothpick works well for scraping a lot of
    this off, without damaging anything.
    Lawrence D¹Oliveiro, Mar 24, 2005
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  6. Fishb8

    J.wilson Guest

    "Fishb8" <> wrote in message
    news:9iD0e.12488$...
    > Hi
    > My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains. What's
    > the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?
    > ~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~
    > ~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~ (r)
    > Roy Price - May the Fish be with you


    A few squirts of Mr Muscle or similar and paper tissues.
    J.wilson, Mar 24, 2005
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  7. rupert wrote:
    > You'd have to dismantle it - remove the keys, which should lever off them
    > unscrew the plastic casing and then only wash that. There are electronics
    > inside which would not appreciated a washing.
    >
    > Alternatively get a new one - they start from about $20....


    You mean a good one? I got a basic keyboard for about $7 not long ago.

    The Other Guy
    The Other Guy, Mar 24, 2005
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  8. Fishb8

    S Roby Guest

    In article <9iD0e.12488$>, "Fishb8" <> wrote:
    >Hi
    >My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains. What's
    >the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?


    NEVER clean it. Just wear glooves when it gets too mucky.(if you had been
    wearing glooves from day1 & a full rubber body suit you wouldnt be in this
    situation now.)
    Try growing bean sprouts between the keys, that way youll always have nibbles
    When you get a good hard crust, drop the whole thing into your fishtank for
    a 3 day fish feeder.
    S Roby, Mar 25, 2005
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  9. In <d1v10q$oo8$> rupert wrote:
    >
    > "Fishb8" <> wrote in message
    > news:9iD0e.12488$...
    >> Hi
    >> My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains.
    >> What's the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?

    >
    > You'd have to dismantle it - remove the keys, which should lever off
    > them unscrew the plastic casing and then only wash that.


    I always do it that way, but only because I don't have a dishwasher (
    machine).

    > There are electronics inside which would not appreciated a washing.


    Washing circuit boards in water is perfectly acceptable and I've done it
    several times before. Use warm water with a small amount of detergent in
    it, then rinse several times in fresh water. Remove as much water as
    possible (spinning the board around is good) then leave it to dry. If
    the board has lots of small components you need to dry it using forced
    air.

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    Roger Johnstone, Mar 25, 2005
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  10. Fishb8

    BILL Guest

    On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:53:37 +1200, "J.wilson" <>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Fishb8" <> wrote in message
    >news:9iD0e.12488$...
    >> Hi
    >> My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains. What's
    >> the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?
    >> ~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~
    >> ~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~ (r)
    >> Roy Price - May the Fish be with you

    >
    >A few squirts of Mr Muscle or similar and paper tissues.
    >




    Use a Tooth Brush and a 1" Paint Brush, Vacuum the keyboard first..

    Use one of those Foam Kitchen Cleaners Or Spayand Wipe diluted.

    Just dampen the Brush with it then scrub between the keys, and I do mean just
    damp..

    They clean up with Damp brushes that have been cleaned in water, plus use one
    of those Kitchen cleaning cloths..
    BILL, Mar 25, 2005
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  11. Fishb8

    Thor Guest

    BILL wrote:

    > On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:53:37 +1200, "J.wilson" <>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"Fishb8" <> wrote in message
    >>news:9iD0e.12488$...
    >>> Hi
    >>> My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains.
    >>> What's the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?
    >>> ~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~
    >>> ~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~ (r)
    >>> Roy Price - May the Fish be with you

    >>
    >>A few squirts of Mr Muscle or similar and paper tissues.
    >>

    >



    Pop the keys off and wash them in hot water and dishwashing liquid, dry
    thoroughly making sure to check inside each key use a blow dryer or leave
    them on a towel in the hotwater cupboard over night. Clean the inside of
    the keyboard with a small paintbrush and a little meths.


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    *~~~~~~~~~~Thor
    Thor, Mar 25, 2005
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  12. Fishb8

    BILL Guest

    On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 18:06:19 +1200, Thor <> wrote:

    >BILL wrote:
    >
    >> On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:53:37 +1200, "J.wilson" <>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>>"Fishb8" <> wrote in message
    >>>news:9iD0e.12488$...
    >>>> Hi
    >>>> My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains.
    >>>> What's the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?
    >>>> ~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~
    >>>> ~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~~~~~<*)))))><{~~~~ (r)
    >>>> Roy Price - May the Fish be with you
    >>>
    >>>A few squirts of Mr Muscle or similar and paper tissues.
    >>>

    >>

    >
    >
    >Pop the keys off and wash them in hot water and dishwashing liquid, dry
    >thoroughly making sure to check inside each key use a blow dryer or leave
    >them on a towel in the hotwater cupboard over night. Clean the inside of
    >the keyboard with a small paintbrush and a little meths.




    Not very wise unless you have a Key Puller.

    Meths is not a very good cleaner..
    BILL, Mar 25, 2005
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  13. In article <9iD0e.12488$>,
    says...
    > Hi
    > My keyboard's looking a bit mucky, with the odd coffee/beer stains. What's
    > the best way of cleaning it. Dishwasher?


    I carefully blow any dust, crumbs, hair and fluff out from between the
    keys with compressed air. Then I clean the keys with a "handy towel"
    moistened with isopropanol alcohol.

    -P.
    Peter Huebner, Mar 25, 2005
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