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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:51 pm    Post subject: cleaning older key board Reply with quote

I have an older key board I like but some keys are a little sticky.
It is this model
http://netdna.webdesignerdepot.com/uploads/2009/01/appleprokeyboard.jpg

It has a clear case that really traps dirt and dust. How do you clean this kind of key board?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They do trap a lot of dust!

Looking at mine, it looks like you would need to get a tool to undo the special screws on the bottom of the case and then try and flex it to pop the top and bottom apart.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Compressed air helps get out the loose stuff. I know some talk about putting it in the dishwasher but that never sounded right to me.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've put wired keyboards in the dishwasher and let them dry out for a few weeks before I used them and they turned out awesome. Like new. Insanely good!

That being said I wouldn't put a Bluetooth keyboard in a dishwasher. Likely you will kill it. It has more advance circuitry than a wired keyboard.

As far as wired keyboards go I wouldn't suggest it either unless you are prepared to accept the fact you may kill it. You should also wait at least a week before using it. It might seem dry, but inside it likely isn't.

I killed an apple aluminum wired keyboard about 6 months ago, by cleaning it with a Lysol wipe while it was plugged in, so it's obvious that it does take a lot of liquid to kill them.

Always unplug them or remove the batteries before cleaning your keyboards.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've put wired keyboards in the dishwasher and let them dry out for a few weeks....


Done the same. Just let them dry about 4 days. I think I may have gotten that from here, several years ago. Beyond doubt it is the most effective way I have run across.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've also used the dishwasher routine, followed by using compressed air to blow out what I could, followed up by about a week of air drying.
Never caused me any grief whatsoever.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for the dishwasher!

Put it on the top rack, keys facing down, no detergent, short cycle, not the maximum heat (but not just a "cold rinse" either)! Some heat is needed to get rid of the grease. Dry for several days in the warm airing cupboard afterwards.

But also, as mentioned above: ONLY with an ultimately expendable keyboard, in case it dies.
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