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    Proper Cleaning of a USB Keyboard

    I received this message over Skype about how to properly clean a USB keyboard. Before my friend proceeds with cleaning the keyboard, I wanted to ensure I provided the correct response so the keyboard doesn't become damaged in cleaning. Can someone assist me in best answering this question?

    Since I won't be using the keyboard from the old tower for a while, what options do I have for cleaning it up? It's gunked and mucked up (she has birds that like to sit with her at the computer). Since I won't be plugging it in for a few months do I wash it in water?

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    Take it outside with a can of compressed air. Blow it out thoroughly. Then use a Q-Tip (or other swabs) and alcohol to clean it again. Then blow it out again.
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    See the procedure outlined by the How to Geek:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/65073/how-t...king-anything/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    See the procedure outlined by the How to Geek:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/65073/how-t...king-anything/
    Unless the keyboard is an old family friend, with special programming or cute keys or something, I'd probably replace the thing. I've cleaned keyboards in the past and they can be a pain in the neck (unless you use an automatic dishwasher!).

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    Hitchcock.

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    Nathan, what a coincidence! I just happened to be cleaning my wife's keyboard when I saw your post, so I took some photos.

    A lot will depend on what style of keyboard you're talking about. The link Jerry posted shows an older style keyboard with individual key mechanisms. Those were indeed a PITA to clean.

    However, the cheaper OEM membrane keyboards that ship with many modern desktop computers are not as difficult to wash. So it depends on which style of keyboard your friend has. If by chance she has one of these typical OEM keyboards, my photos may help. I've posted them here. Her keyboard may vary, of course, but most of the OEM keyboards seem to follow a similar construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dg1261
    If by chance she has one of these typical OEM keyboards, my photos may help. I've posted them here.
    Great tutorial with very clear instructions. Thanks for sharing.

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    If by chance she has one of these typical OEM keyboards, my photos may help. I've posted them here
    Very good tutorial. In my case however, I would spend the $10/15 on a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy95 View Post
    In my case however, I would spend the $10/15 on a new one.
    Remember, though, that some OEM keyboards have customized multimedia keys designed to work with that computer or an application on that computer. That's why my wife wanted to keep the original keyboard; it's what she's used to using. (Those are the round, gray buttons at the top of her keyboard in my photos.)

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    She may be purchasing a new computer coming up anyway (she's had issues with her tower, and she'll be moving out of the country and likely won't be taking her tower with her). So I might recommend she get a new keyboard with a new tower, but in the meantime, she can try some of the cleaning steps provided in this thread to see if it'll help. I just wasn't sure what to tell her since I didn't want her to accidentally fry it with any advice I'd give. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dg1261 View Post
    Remember, though, that some OEM keyboards have customized multimedia keys designed to work with that computer or an application on that computer. That's why my wife wanted to keep the original keyboard; it's what she's used to using. (Those are the round, gray buttons at the top of her keyboard in my photos.)
    True enough, just stating my situation.

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