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Stiky Keyboards? How can you safely clean them. (Laptops and Desktops)

We all know how sensitive a keyboard can get, and we shouldn't have food or drink near them, but lets be honest. Most times you need to do things but that sudden hunger kicks in. You get crumbs or drips in and it builds up. So here is the safe and easy way to clean your keyboard from all that grime and other nasty stuff

You will need the following:
- A light cloth (Do Not use paper or a heavy cloth)
- LCD Cleaner or a window cleaner (Do Not use heavy duty products)
- **Optional but handy** A Small air blower (Hair dryers can also do the trick)

Pre Requirements

It is a good idea to power off your computer or disconnect the keyboard at first as cleaning will have a undesired effect with input and can in the slight chance cause system instability. If you choose not to turn off your computer or disconnect the keyboard, do so at your own risk


1. If you have the air blower, give that a run through the keyboard to dislodge any bits of crumbs or items of similar description. To get them out, tilt the keyboard on its side.

2. Get the cloth and spray about 1/4 of it with the cleaner and then give your keyboard a good wipe and get in between the keys. Leave for about 2-3 mins and go over it again

3. For really stubborn areas, you may need to dislodge the key. This generally is a simple process but done with too much force can break the keys. For Desktop keys, grab a knife (smallest one you can find) and place it under the key you want to take off and apply upwards pressure until it comes off. Desktop keyboards are usually fairly easy to take off and put back on as they are held by 'plugs'. For Laptops, this is generally more risky as the part that hold it on can break if taken off incorrectly. I recommend you find a manual on the internet on how to do this.

4. With the dry part of the cloth, go over the keyboard. This is to ensure that you pick up any bits left behind and dry the keyboard

5. Once you are certain its dry, give the keyboard a test. If you still find it sticky, try and take the key(s) out where its sticky and give it a thorough check as you can easily miss areas

6. Once everything is a-ok, plug it back in and give it a final test

Your keyboard should now be clean

If you are having additional problems, want more tips or need to speak to me on any other computer related matters, please dont hesitate to contact me on FixYa!

Have a nice day

Tim Goulding
ICT Technician

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