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How to clean a laptop keyboard that got soda spilt on it?

P1t0 282 February 18, 2009 at 11:26 AM
It works but the key are sticky. When I press a letter it tends to type it multiple times....

What can I wash it with?

thanksxxx
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You sure it was soda that made it sticky??? EEK!
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Quote from dean_siu View Post :
You sure it was soda that made it sticky??? EEK!
EEK!

Not sure if I want to touch it now.... Hide


yes...laugh out loud it was soda....
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My dad used to be a slot tech and he said they primarily used to use Club Soda on stuck keys and the like. I usually use rubbing alcohol followed by water, then let it dry. If you don't disconnect the keyboard from the laptop (sometimes they're a pain to take apart) then make sure you remove the battery and any kind of power source and leave it sit for awhile before doing anything to it and before powering it back up.
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EEK!

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yes...laugh out loud it was soda....
Wink ..........
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My dad used to be a slot tech and he said they primarily used to use Club Soda on stuck keys and the like. I usually use rubbing alcohol followed by water, then let it dry. If you don't disconnect the keyboard from the laptop (sometimes they're a pain to take apart) then make sure you remove the battery and any kind of power source and leave it sit for awhile before doing anything to it and before powering it back up.
Just test the alcohol before you use it on a key you don't care too much about, such as the scroll lock or pause break key or something. If the alcohol concentration is too strong, it just might wear away your key's lettering.. but if you want to end up with a DAS keyboard, then by all means, get the strongest solution possible Wink
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Keyboards can be cleaned in the dishwasher,just make sure ITS COMPLETLY DRY BEFORE APPLYING POWER!!

Good luck Smilie
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Keyboards can be cleaned in the dishwasher,just make sure ITS COMPLETLY DRY BEFORE APPLYING POWER!!

Good luck Smilie
It's a laptop keyboard. Dishwasher is a no no for laptop keyboards as the chip is usually attached to the backing of the laptop keyboard.

P1t0 it may be a rather long process but try this. Grab one of the sticky keys on your keyboard and pull it off. Most keyboards you are able to pull the letter key off, then snap it right back on. No worries it won't break.

If you are able to pull it off, maybe pull off all problematic keys, throw them in a strainer then rinse them off under the sink in hot water.

Wipe down the area under the keys to get any other sticky off with a towel that is "damp" with hot water.
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It's a laptop keyboard. Dishwasher is a no no for laptop keyboards as the chip is usually attached to the backing of the laptop keyboard.
Theoretically there's no reason you couldn't put your whole laptop in the dishwasher, then toss it in the convection oven afterwards on the "warm" setting to dry it off. I wouldn't let it sit in stale air for too long as opposed to active drying, as it could potentially oxidize some important stuff. But theoretically, getting wet won't hurt your "chip".

Theoretically.
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Theoretically there's no reason you couldn't put your whole laptop in the dishwasher, then toss it in the convection oven afterwards on the "warm" setting to dry it off. I wouldn't let it sit in stale air for too long as opposed to active drying, as it could potentially oxidize some important stuff. But theoretically, getting wet won't hurt your "chip".

Theoretically.
Unless you want your laptop not to work anymore, then I highly suggest not putting the laptop in the dishwasher.
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Quote from Aitrus View Post :
It's a laptop keyboard. Dishwasher is a no no for laptop keyboards as the chip is usually attached to the backing of the laptop keyboard.

P1t0 it may be a rather long process but try this. Grab one of the sticky keys on your keyboard and pull it off. Most keyboards you are able to pull the letter key off, then snap it right back on. No worries it won't break.

If you are able to pull it off, maybe pull off all problematic keys, throw them in a strainer then rinse them off under the sink in hot water.

Wipe down the area under the keys to get any other sticky off with a towel that is "damp" with hot water.
No way is that going to happen....I'm doing this for a friend. Just thought there might be any easier way that someone knew of. I'll will gladly pass this along to him if HE wants to do it. Big Grin

Thanks for the help....

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Unless you want your laptop not to work anymore, then I highly suggest not putting the laptop in the dishwasher.
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Quote from tsuperwanker View Post :
Unless you want your laptop not to work anymore, then I highly suggest not putting the laptop in the dishwasher.
Why? Wink
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would now be a bad time to suggest him microwave it?
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You could always just replace the keyboard. They are usually pretty cheap on Ebay. I just bought one for a customer for $18 shipped.
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I think I'm gonna make a youtube video of me dishwashing a laptop, just to prove you nay-sayers wrong!!
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