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Old 09-24-2004, 07:04 AM   #1
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I spilt pop ("soda") on my keyboard about a week ago, and now a few of my keys are sticking. I can't go out and buy a new keyboard because this one is nice, and I just bought it awhile ago. Does anyone know how I can unstick my keys? Thanks a lot!

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it would be tedious...but you could (unplug it) pop the keys off, and clean it with some q-tips and water (not inside the keys but around the keys and sticky parts) wait for it to dry and hook it back up

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Ok thanks. (It's a wireless keyboard by the way).

So, all I do is pop off the keys? I didn't know they just popped off. Will they go back on?
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I would not advise "popping" the keys off. This used to work with older keyboards, but with some of todays models this'll break things. I would recommend taking the whole thing apart and swabbing between the keys with the plastic cover off. Be very very careful with the printed platic circuits- if you put them back in the wrong order, the keyboard will not work at all. It won't be damaged, but it won't work either.
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eh I've alwasy popped them off, but I always buy the cheapest one I can find

Guess I should have checked before recommending it
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only on laptops have i seen keyboards that could be broken by popping the keys off.

not that i doubt this, because like elf, i always buy the cheapest one i can find.

but as far as it goes, i would go ahead and try popping one of the keys off, because im not sure that it is possible to clean it good enough without popping them off, unless you dissassemble the entire thing, leaving the keys hanging in place, and then soak it in hot soapy water, and rinse well.

make sure it is completely dry before reassembling it, water is bad in here.

otherwise, go find a nice cheap replacement for it.

in today's world, when the keyboard and mouse get hammered like they do, dropped and stuff spilled on/in them it almost doesnt make sense to buy a good one. (unless you never eat or drink near the computer, like in school)

also, automotive parts stores sell "brake and electric motor cleaner" and this is wonderful stuff, although it washes the letters off of most things.
but, if you were to test a bit of it, and it isnt washing the letters off, you can safely flood the entire thing with the cleaner, and the soda would come right out. then, make sure and shake as much of the liquid out of it as possible, and then let it dry for at least 20 hours.

rubbing alcohol is great too, if any of the internal parts have soda on them, you might try rinsing them heavily with rubbing alcohol, but do not scrub, at all. many of the parts inside are extremely fragile, and could be rubbed off.
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Thanks everyone for your help :) I ended up taking a Q-tip soaked in water and going around the keys. But by mistake, I popped one off. It didn't harm anything so I ended up popping them all off and vacuming/washing everything. Works great now, and no more stickiness
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Wow.........surely a keyboard is not worth that kind of time/effort when you can get a (cheap, but functional) new one for $10..
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Hehee well I paid a fair ammount for this keyboard, and I've only had it for about 1 year so I didn't mind cleaning it. It didn't do all the keys, just the letters and a few others. (Took me about 1/2 an hour)
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also, automotive parts stores sell "brake and electric motor cleaner" and this is wonderful stuff, although it washes the letters off of most things.
but, if you were to test a bit of it, and it isnt washing the letters off, you can safely flood the entire thing with the cleaner, and the soda would come right out. then, make sure and shake as much of the liquid out of it as possible, and then let it dry for at least 20 hours.

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If you use this stuff, it MAY damage the contact membrane underneath the keys(it swells it up)! I used it on a board at work and it did exactly that, but different companies may have different membranes, so you may want to test it first!
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i hadnt even considered that happening.

we wouldnt want to ruin anyone's keyboard.

thanks for mentioning that.

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