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How to clean a computer keyboard
This is a very simple task but one for which I sought instruction before attempting. I couldn't find any clear directions so here are my own for future reference. Please note I can't be held responsible for any damage, follow my directions at your own risk!


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Are your keys sticking or dirty like these?

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Use a small screwdriver head to lever off each key. Be careful to catch them as some will ping off!

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Clean each key as you remove it with a damp j-cloth.

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Although they look clean on the top, keys get filthy along the sides.

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When you have exposed each area, wrap a damp j-cloth around a small screwdriver head.

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Get the cloth into all the nooks and crannies to clean the wells around the keys.

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So this filthy section is cleaned up...

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... to look like this.

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The space bar has a metal lever and spring underneath. When you lever it off, be gentle to prise the metal lever apart, and be sure to catch the spring!

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Other large keys also have the metal lever, but not a spring.

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As you collect the keys be sure to keep them in order or they will get confused like these! If you are unsure when replacing a key look at the contours as different rows have keys of slightly different heights.

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I prefer to keep my keys in order, like this. It means I know exactly where they go when I put them back!

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Most keys just snap back into place but with the metal levers there is a knack. Move the lever fully into place, so the key is pulled to one side...

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... then carefully push the key to the opposite side...

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... and snap into place with a small pressure from above, like with any key. It's easiest to replace these large keys before the rest.

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Voila! A clean, functional keyboard! You can also use this picture for reference when replacing the keys.




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