Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Simple Guide to Keyboard Cleaning

Is your space bar sticking, or certain keys on your computer keyboard are no longer working, or you must bang it hard to get the character to show up? It is almost certain that you need to take the time to do a keyboard cleaning. This task can be quite simple, or perhaps not if the keyboard is full of gunk and perhaps liquid was spilled into it.
We hope to offer you some quick and easy techniques and tips to have a nice clean keyboard. We will start with the easiest, and then move on to the more difficult. First, make sure you have available the following items: cotton swaps, compressed air with adapter, clean, a lint free dry cloth, cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol, vacuum and a screw driver (flat tip).
Be sure to first power off your computer, and unplug it.
Step 1: This one will of course be the easiest and with any luck you won't have to take your keyboard apart. Use either your mini vacuum, or the compressed air, and try clearing out all the dust and dirt from within the crevices of the keys. Try turning the keyboard upside down and shake it to stir up anything that might be caked onto the inside bottom.
Step 2: Now take your cotton swabs and dip them into the cleaning solution. Go around each of the keys and clear out any debris from within them. Take your time in this keyboard cleaning step.
Step 3: Take your cloth and dip it into the solution and slowly clean keyboard areas and around keys and buttons. Let dry and do it a second time.
At this point, you can turn on your computer to see if that is all that was needed. However, if the buttons and keys are still sticking you must now proceed to a more difficult aspect of keyboard cleaning. You should do this systematically, by trying to correct the buttons and keys which have been giving you the most problems.
Step 1: Use your screwdriver and start with your space bar. Be very careful when taking off the button. There are numerous springs that must be put back in place.
Step 2: Once the key, button, spring is off, you will need to use a cotton swab dipped in the cleaning solution and clean the areas thoroughly. You may want to use the cloth as well to take out any debris or larger gunk that might be stuck there.
Step 3: Put the key plus springs back in place. Press a few times to make sure it is connected properly. Repeat the above 3 steps for the keys and buttons. Once done, power back up your PC and see if this keyboard cleaning method has worked. In the event that none of this helped you get a clean keyboard that is working, you might have to purchase a new one.
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