How can I clean a keyboard after spilling a drink on it?

bcastle

I just spilled a can of Coke on my PC's keyboard. I’ve unplugged it and have it upside down on paper towels. What else can I do to clean it so that I don’t have to buy a new one? I can already imagine the feel of those sticky keys when I try to use it again. Yuck.

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jimlynch
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I see that you've already gotten a number of different answers about cleaning your keyboard. If that doesn't work and you need a new keyboard, see Amazon's list of keyboards. I've had to deal with a similar situation and I eventually gave up and just bought a new one. Now I am super-careful about not spilling stuff into my keyboards. Heh.

rousseau
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The problem with spilling a soft drink on your keyboard is that the sugar will still make it sticky even after it has dried. Sticky buttons are intolerable to me, and this goes back to my days as a kid playing Nintendo. My friends were not happy with my “no drinks around controllers” rules, but I never had a sticky button so I stand by the policy.

You keyboard will be out of action for a few days after a spill like this, but if it is worth saving you can probably salvage it. After unplugging the keyboard, take it to a large sink. Turn on the water and let it get warm. then run the warm water all over the keyboard. Yes, inside too. Use dish detergent if handy, but don’t use any other type of detergent to prevent residue buildup. Spray/wash out the soapy water thoroughly. Turn the keyboard upside down and give it a few shakes to get as much of the water out as possible. Fold a towel to rest the keyboard on and lean it against something with one of the sides down (short edge near the “enter” key resting on the towel is how I do it). Do not plug it back in for a few days; wait until you are sure all of the water is gone first. It should work after this without a sticky residue.

If you have the time and inclination to really do it right, you can take it apart and clean the individual components with soapy water, making sure to dry each one with a microfiber cloth. If you are using a keyboard with a buckling spring design, I suggest that you take it apart to clean it, but there are a TON of little screws so make sure to keep things organized and be prepared to spend a couple of hours on the project.

Lloyd Russell

I'm glad to see some haven't forgotten basic A+ I get some strange looks from younger techs these days when I say they are "dishwasher safe" How can you fix something if you don't know how it works?
Lloyd Russell
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If it's a standard USB or PS2 keyboard use mild dish soap and warm water. rinse it completely in the sink and use compressed air and time (upside down on a towel) to dry it completely. I can also say the top rack of the dish washer (turn of heated drying) will work great also.  Dissembling the keyboard is not necessary.

 

 

 

Complex keyboards with integrated electronics are another matter but a standard USB/PS2 (non mechanical)? it's a plastic film inside a plastic case, nothing to worry about. Do it correctly I.E. don't plug it in until it's completely dry and it will work like new. 

 

 

Banzee Simmons
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No worry,

 

Plug out our keyboard and clean the keyboard thoroughly with a damp or moist wet cloth. Then use the sunlight for completely drying it out.

 

 

Techvedic
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Hello,

 

First of all you have need to remove keywboard form your system than put it down back about 10 -15 Min.

Use air pressure or sunlight for dry it.

 

After using these steps you will find your keyboad is ok.

 

Regards

Techvedic Support Team

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