Windows 10: How to clean stickiness from under keyboard

  1.    01 May 2018 #1

    How to clean stickiness from under keyboard


    i spilled lemonade on my keyboard :C
    Now some of the keys i use for gaming (space, esc, capslock) are really sticky underneath and feel horrible to press, which makes gaming something i avoid.
    how do i fix this?
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  2.    01 May 2018 #2

    If we are talking about a USB keyboard, then just replace it. Other then that, you would have to unplug the keyboard and wipe around the sticky keys with rubbing alcohol and a Q-Tip. But you will never get underneath it.
    If a laptop keyboard, you would need to replace it.
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  3.    01 May 2018 #3

    You can disassemble the keyboard.

    Open it (remove a bunch of screws), and remove the circuit board.
    What's left is just the plastic enclosure and plastic keys. Dunk the whole thing in warm water (detergent optional).

    (Optional: You can remove every key from it's hole, one by one, for a thorough cleaning. But this is tedious, time-consuming, and not always necessary.)

    Let it soak. Rinse it off. Let it dry.
    Then reassemble.

    I've done that many times.

    Caveat: I'm assuming you have a keyboard with silicone dome switches. (Most do.)
    This procedure does not apply to keyboards with mechanical switches. (Most do not.)
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  4.    05 May 2018 #4

    margrave55 said: View Post
    You can disassemble the keyboard.

    Open it (remove a bunch of screws), and remove the circuit board.
    What's left is just the plastic enclosure and plastic keys. Dunk the whole thing in warm water (detergent optional).

    (Optional: You can remove every key from it's hole, one by one, for a thorough cleaning. But this is tedious, time-consuming, and not always necessary.)

    Let it soak. Rinse it off. Let it dry.
    Then reassemble.

    I've done that many times.

    Caveat: I'm assuming you have a keyboard with silicone dome switches. (Most do.)
    This procedure does not apply to keyboards with mechanical switches. (Most do not.)
    yeah, its not mechanical (its a cooler master devastator 3) and i have tried to open it up (i removed all the screws) and pulled it but it just won't come apart. i don't want to exert too much force in case i break it.
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       05 May 2018 #5

    Most plastic housings in the computer industry have little 'ears' where the two parts snap together, have to use something to pry them apart after removing the screws. I use a tool called a Spudger for taking Notebooks and other things apart. It is pushed between the two pieces then worked around until they come apart sufficient enough to use fingers to finish. The screws in most instances seem to hold the parts securely and in doing so provide rigidity to the device.
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