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Anyone know how to make a well-used keyboard un-sticky?

Asked by Dutchess_III (37489points) April 20th, 2011

I’m typing things I don’t men because the keyboard isn’t really responding. I feel like I’ m typing on an old Underwood Typewriter where you have to pund the keys…help.

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yankeetooter's avatar

Well, one thing you can do is carefully pry the keys off (make sure you know where they go when it’s time to put them back) and clean the keyboard with some swabs and rubbing alcohol. If stuff has gotten spilled or in between the keys, this could help solve the problem…

creative1's avatar

You probably have gotten something into the keys, I have used diaper wipes to clean mine before and if its a pc keyboard you can alot of time just pull the individual keys off and clean them, then snap them back into place. here

Dutchess_III's avatar

I….remember trying that once. Only, I pulled all the key caps off at once and soaked them in the sink. when I went to put them back on I no longer had a QWRTY keyboard any more. It was a KlLINGON keyboard and I was lost…

Basically, I need o plan to make an afternoon of it, one key at a time….OR get a new key board?

yankeetooter's avatar

You could do that…or just pull up a picture of a keyboard on your computer before you start…it doesn’t take as long as you might think…

Dutchess_III's avatar

Wow..that’s a concept, @yankeetooter!

creative1's avatar

@yankeetooter Perfect solution to her issue

yankeetooter's avatar

Thanks @creative1. At my old job, the keyboards were disgusting. One slow day, I took them on…

Dutchess_III's avatar

Link, please. I do believe I just got hit with a Blond Joke!! Shitbirds!

creative1's avatar

@Dutchess_III you would need to just look up the type of keyboard you have to get that, do just a google search. It doesn’t take long

yankeetooter's avatar

@Dutchess_III Huh? Not by me…I meant it doesn’t take as long to clean the keyboard as you might think….I wasn’t talking about pulling up the picture, lol!

Dutchess_III's avatar

Shit. I see what you guys are saying now! Thanks! Hey..but it has the makings of a good Blond joke, doesn’t it?!

creative1's avatar

@Dutchess_III If you have trouble finding your keyboard and have a digital camera, you could always take a picture of the keyboard before starting

Dutchess_III's avatar

I got it @creative1. I got it. You ever hear about the blond who left her cell phone behind but took the precaution of writing her phone numbers down before she went overseas? Yeah. Her Phone book reads “Mike: One touch 2. Fred: One touch 3.”

OK! This is a joke I’ve been working on for a while! Help me!

yankeetooter's avatar

@Dutchess_III Yeah…it’s funny because right before you posted about the joke, I reread my post and thought it was kind of vague the way I worded it…lol!

Buttonstc's avatar

Or you can save yourself all that trouble and get it disinfected as well as clean on a regular basis.

Get a can of Cyber Clean. It’s only around $10.00

It’s a green squishy blob of gel which also contains a germicide. It can also be used on laptop keyboards and cell phones as well.

I can’t do links from iPhone but
If you want to see it in action, just pop the name into YouTube search.

www.cyberclean.tv

Dutchess_III's avatar

Going to bed but… @Buttonstc how could a blob of gel do anything but…ungel, ergo, get sticky? But I’ll look into i.

@yankeetooter It’s all good! Welcome again to Fluther! (Some dude named “Randy” just beat me to 10K and now I’m mad! Neva heard of him before!)

Buttonstc's avatar

Eventually, after the gel picks up a certain amount of gunk, it does have to be discarded but it usually takes a while and it’s cheap enough. Plus, it’s a pretty sizable blob as you’ll see when you watch the video on their site.

Also it’s stiff and solid enough that it’s not a gooey type of gel. Think of something like the old “Silly Putty”. And if that were still around nowadays could probably do similar.

But this one also smells real nice, probably from the disinfectant. It’s also designed for fairly regular maintenance use so that, after the initial cleaning and de-gunking, it would take quite a while to get THAT dirty again.

Depending on how bad your keyboard is now, you might need to toss it afterwards. I don’t know. But for the price, it’s worth it.

But if you want to save the bucks, you’re certainly free to pull off all the keys. Have fun :)

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