How Do You Clean A Laptop Keyboard?

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  1. Ol Timer

    Ol Timer ↓ hog hunter ↓ Millennium Member

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    Other than compressed air, which only blows the Doritos crumbs from under one key over to another, is there a way to safely remove the keys and replace them without risking damage to the keyboard?


    TIA
     
  2. Ahmid

    Ahmid CLM

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    You can get a little vacuum for electronic gear at any of the stores that sell computers, etc. I had one but lost it in my big move to Florida. They work great, just need a double A.
     

  3. johnny00

    johnny00

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    Vacuum or just take the keyboard off. :)
     
  4. FullClip

    FullClip NRA Benefactor CLM

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    I do the "Etch-A-Sketch" manuver and then take the shop vac with the brush attachment to mine when things start feeling gritty.:supergrin:
     
  5. airmotive

    airmotive Tin Kicker

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    The keys can be popped off and replaced.
    (just make sure you put them back in order...or not, if you really want to eff with someone who doesn't touch type)
     
  6. aircarver

    aircarver Descent Terminated Silver Member

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    Slosh it in salt water.......







    ........then buy a new one.....:outtahere::supergrin:
     
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    Hold it upside down and use compressed air
     
  8. youngvr4

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    +1 :)
     
  9. doktarZues

    doktarZues I'm anti-anti

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    some keyboards are much better than others in allowing you to take the keys off and then snap them back on. Compressed air at every angle you can think of, then with the computer off (or lock the screen), take a wet wipe to the keys with some elbow grease. repeat as needed or until it stops working.
     
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    A little patch cloth, some #9 and a few q-tips.
     
  11. alphacat

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    When I spilled coffee on mine and the keys got so they would stick.

    I popped the keys off, and cleaned the laptop using a paint brush dipped in a mixture of soap and warm water. I wiped the brush mostly dry so I wouldn't get to much water on the laptop, blotted it dry with paper towels.
    I also washed the keys in the soapy water to get them clean.
    I let it dry then snapped the keys back on.

    Worked fine from then on.

    Good Luck.
     
  12. LongGoneDays

    LongGoneDays Misanthropical

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    I prefer the compressed air method up to a point. Then it's time to pop off each key and give it a good cleaning. Just make sure you have a way of knowing what goes where.
     
  13. as400guy1

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    I just throw mine in the dish washer!
     
  14. Model19

    Model19 Typical GnG

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    Remember, if it works, don't fix it.
     
  15. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    NO!!!!!


    I dropped a library book on my ESC key. It came right off. It don't go back. {"Dangerous Jobs" by Abigail R. Gehring.} I have to push the little black rubber thing and it still "Escapes". But I want my button back. As for the food debris, those wipes that clean glass WILL clean surface peanut butter off.

    :whistling::whistling::whistling::whistling::whistling:
     
  16. Reswob

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    It's fairly simple to remove the keyboard from the housing on most laptops. Then you can vaccum, blow, wet wipe, shake, etc to your hearts content without risking damage to the laptop itself.
     
  17. Mr981

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    You probably don't clean your computer screen very often
    and it is really hard to do the inside,
    so here is my present to you.

    http://www.raincitystory.com/flash/screenclean.swf

    click the link above and wait for a few seconds

    and the inside of your screen will be cleaned for you!
     
  18. Hokie

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    Take it apart.