: Clean your keyboard!



mccombie_5
11-06-05, 06:39 PM
I have just cleaned my keyboard.....

I took off all the keys and washed htem in warm soapy water, and took all of the crap from under it, oh man it was full of allsorts, crumbs, hairs, coffee, coke.

I didnt realise it could get so bad under there.

It was really quite disgusting actually.

If you have a spare hour, do this, or at least wipe the keys over with some antibacterial wipes.

Just imagine all the crud thats under there.......

I really shocked myself. ANyway, just a little hygeine alert.

Kev
11-06-05, 06:44 PM
Thanks a lot! I was just about to eat my dinner! Now I've lost my apitite.. :nono::vomit:

mccombie_5
11-06-05, 06:44 PM
Thanks a lot! I was just about to eat my dinner! Now I've lost my apitite.. :nono::vomit:

Sorry!

Its nearly midnight here i just forget.

Night Wolf
11-06-05, 06:46 PM
Yup, I've done that 3 times so far... too it all apart.

Kinda gross isn't it? It was bad the first time when I spilt Coke in it...mmmmm

I want a new keyboard... but I kinda have a love for this one... hard to explain... it is the ONLY part that I still use from the old IBM Aptiva I got in 1999... I slowly upgraded everything else (built my own computer) I want to get a new one, but at the same time I don't... because I like this one ... so I dunno what to do.

but yeah, cleaning the keyboard is good :)

Ralph
11-06-05, 06:46 PM
Ya, they say people can actually develop sinus trouble because of all the crap that falls in them.

I usually keep a keyboard until the letters wear off but the one I got with this computer a year ago has been awsome.

mccombie_5
11-06-05, 06:48 PM
Yeah, the one i use came with a computer i had built a few years ago. I currently have a Dell computer and i didnt like the keyboard. So i stuck with this.

I want a cordless mouse and keyboard set, i think it just looks much better.

mccombie_5
11-06-05, 06:50 PM
Ya, they say people can actually develop sinus trouble because of all the crap that falls in them.
I usually keep a keyboard until the letters wear off but the one I got with this computer a year ago has been awsome.

I just plugged a different keyboard in whilst i cleaned this, theres a few lying in the garage, but i like this one, its white though, and the rest of the system is black.

I removed every key, and left them in fragrnaced soapy water whilst i got a roll of tissue paper and a few cue tips and cleaned it all through. The keys are a slightly different colour now though :eek:

Ralph
11-06-05, 06:50 PM
I want a cordless mouse and keyboard set, i think it just looks much better.

My dad has a cordless mouse for his laptop, but I find it annoying to always have to unplug that little transmitter and fold it back into the mouse itself. If you don't the battery goes dead. I personally don't see any point in a cordless keyboard since it will be right in front of my pc anyway.....just more microwaves frying brain cells from my viewpoint....:shhh:

Kev
11-06-05, 06:51 PM
Yeah, the one i use came with a computer i had built a few years ago. I currently have a Dell computer and i didnt like the keyboard. So i stuck with this.

I want a cordless mouse and keyboard set, i think it just looks much better.Cordless are nice if you get a good quality set. I use rechargeable batteries with mine. (I'm cheap, I hate to buy new batteries all the time!)

Night Wolf
11-06-05, 06:51 PM
Heh, none of my letters have even started to wear... some of the buttons are shiney (no more texture) but the damn thing is still good.

of course the palm rest latches broke, so it is taped, and the palm rest is cracked and stuff... still kickin tho.

I don't like wireless... no reason to me, the wires don't bother me, I don't want to worry about batteries going dead.

Ralph
11-06-05, 06:53 PM
I just plugged a different keyboard in whilst i cleaned this, theres a few lying in the garage, but i like this one, its white though, and the rest of the system is black.
I removed every key, and left them in fragrnaced soapy water whilst i got a roll of tissue paper and a few cue tips and cleaned it all through. The keys are a slightly different colour now though :eek:

LOL, last year I had a splash-proof keyboard with those drain holes, etc. Have you seen the new rubber keyboards that you can roll into a little ball and then it folds back!!?? Again, these are waterproof for a pool or wherever, but I would have no use for one unless I lived in Florida and had a pool..

mccombie_5
11-06-05, 06:54 PM
My wife's computer has a cordless rechargable mouse. The keyboard can be turned off by hitting a little switch on the side, it hasnt needed new batteries yet, and its been here over a eyar.

The mouse has a little dock that it sits in. that is in her cabinet so it is ut of sight, it shows up when there is a glass desk and cables stretched over it. Mine is solid beech, but i still prefer a cordless mouse at least.

urbanski
11-06-05, 07:04 PM
pubes?

;)
lol

mccombie_5
11-06-05, 07:23 PM
pubes?
;)
lol

Tut

Tut

Tut

Might have to give neg for that :p

ewill3rd
11-06-05, 07:30 PM
I have had a cordless keyboard and mouse set for about 3 years. I think I changed the batteries once in each one.

The big thing to remember about taking all the keys of the keyboard is you should be careful to remember what positions all the keys were in before you took it apart, I know people who pulled them all off and then freaked out when it was time to put them back on. No problem if you have another one to refer to.

Finally, I have had the same keyboards for many years and don't have issues like that because I buy "type through skins" for mine.
It's a clear thin cover that goes over the whole keyboard.
I get them from a place called wg supply.
Well now that I do a search for them, maybe they are gone. But there are lots of places that sell them.
You get used to having the cover very quickly and I find it actually makes it easier to type. No more worn keys or gnarly buildup. They cost about 15 bucks and you can get them from lots of places.

urbanski
11-06-05, 07:34 PM
Tut
Tut
Tut
Might have to give neg for that :p
:duck:

mccombie_5
11-06-05, 07:35 PM
I have had a cordless keyboard and mouse set for about 3 years. I think I changed the batteries once in each one.
The big thing to remember about taking all the keys of the keyboard is you should be careful to remember what positions all the keys were in before you took it apart, I know people who pulled them all off and then freaked out when it was time to put them back on. No problem if you have another one to refer to.
Finally, I have had the same keyboards for many years and don't have issues like that because I buy "type through skins" for mine.
It's a clear thin cover that goes over the whole keyboard.
I get them from a place called wg supply.
Well now that I do a search for them, maybe they are gone. But there are lots of places that sell them.
You get used to having the cover very quickly and I find it actually makes it easier to type. No more worn keys or gnarly buildup. They cost about 15 bucks and you can get them from lots of places.


At my old office i had those. I didnt liek it, i boughtt hem to protect my keyboards but i hated them, and took mine off.

Boombotz
11-06-05, 08:20 PM
I have the cordless keyboard and mouse. I love it. I can't say I have cleaned under my keys lately. Now I guess I will have too. Gross!!!

90Brougham350
11-06-05, 09:35 PM
Man, the Dell keyboard I got with my new 600 mhz back in '98 is still looking brand new. Of course, the "t" or left shift and control buttons don't work unless I punch them really hard, but I've spilled pretty much every liquid possible and she still types away! One of these days I'm gonna get one of those luminescent blue boards, it'll match my case!

Ralph
11-06-05, 09:42 PM
My God. I just took my keyboard apart and all the crap I found ... used condom, tampons (not mine), birth control pill (mine), viagra (ex-girlfriend's), gold-plated Caddy keys, Gary Coleman, my Patek Philippe, a "B My Valentine" card from Little B.

Wait'll I clean the printer.

Boombotz
11-06-05, 09:49 PM
My God. I just took my keyboard apart and all the crap I found ... used condom, tampons (not mine), birth control pill (mine), viagra (ex-girlfriend's), gold-plated Caddy keys, Gary Coleman, my Patek Philippe, a "B My Valentine" card from Little B.

Wait'll I clean the printer.

We all knew your computer is full of viruses.:D

Ralph
11-06-05, 09:55 PM
We all knew your computer is full of viruses.:D

That's why there's all that special ointment on my mouse.:shhh:

DopeStar 156
11-06-05, 11:35 PM
Hahahha funny story. My friend was sleeping over my house last night and this morning I was up and she was still asleep in my bed. Being the mischievious little bastard that I am, I grabbed my can of keyboard air, turned it upside down and shot her in the ass with it. :lildevil: She woke up and jumped clean outta my bed it was hilarious. If you turn the can upside down the air that comes out is rediculously cold. Try it sometime. It's good for a laugh.

Krashed989
11-07-05, 12:44 AM
I have a cordless mouse... *goes to find it*.... Damn, i forgot to turn it off.
RIP little mousey... untill I buy new AAA batterys...

Spyder
11-07-05, 01:15 AM
Hmmm...Ralph, i misplaced my Buick...you wouldn't happen to have found IT in your keyboard wouldja?

Caddy Man
11-07-05, 02:27 AM
i wipe my keys down with lysol every couple weeks, and I find compressed air is one of the best cleaning tools, I use it on my keyboard and electronics, and to detail my cts also!

RobertCTS
11-07-05, 09:26 AM
I just plugged a different keyboard in whilst i cleaned this, theres a few lying in the garage, but i like this one, its white though, and the rest of the system is black.

I removed every key, and left them in fragrnaced soapy water whilst i got a roll of tissue paper and a few cue tips and cleaned it all through. The keys are a slightly different colour now though :eek:

I have the logitech wireless mouse and keyboard. Every few weeks I turn the keyboad upside done and rap on it. I usually get enough crumbs for a snack. It's kinda neat how all of the keys are mounted on a soft vinyl membraine and if you spill a bit of coffee it seldom gets to the electronics.

urbanski
11-07-05, 09:50 AM
Hahahha funny story. My friend was sleeping over my house last night and this morning I was up and she was still asleep in my bed. Being the mischievious little bastard that I am, I grabbed my can of keyboard air, turned it upside down and shot her in the ass with it. :lildevil: She woke up and jumped clean outta my bed it was hilarious. If you turn the can upside down the air that comes out is rediculously cold. Try it sometime. It's good for a laugh.
lol
i'll bet she kicked your ass :p

Jesda
11-07-05, 09:52 AM
Every month or so I spit or spill beer when I read something funny on a forum. The guy at the used computer store gives me freebies, fortunately.

davesdeville
11-09-05, 08:12 AM
Yeah I pop all the keys off of mine every year or two. It is kinda gross.


The big thing to remember about taking all the keys of the keyboard is you should be careful to remember what positions all the keys were in before you took it apart, I know people who pulled them all off and then freaked out when it was time to put them back on. No problem if you have another one to refer to.
Finally, I have had the same keyboards for many years and don't have issues like that because I buy "type through skins" for mine.

Yeah I freaked out when I had 100+ keys sitting in front of me... but I just fired up the Windows on screen keyboard and used that as a guide.

Those type through skins... I HATE those. If you can get used to them they're great but it just seems wrong to my fingers.

Jesda
11-09-05, 08:28 AM
Friend of mine said to me on AIM:
"warm up your keyboard and drain it. then take it to the sperm bank for $$$"

Did I just cross a line with that one? Lounge mods, feel free to do what you have to do. :D

EcSTSatic
11-09-05, 09:02 AM
You all have read this important memo before I assume::lildevil:

MEMO:
"Mouse balls are now available as FRU (Field Replacement Unit). Therefore, if a mouse fails to operate or should it perform erratically, it may need a ball replacement. Because of the delicate nature of this procedure, replacement of mouse balls should only be attempted by properly trained personnel.
Before proceeding, determine the type of mouse balls by examining the underside of the mouse. Domestic balls will be larger and harder than foreign balls. Ball removal procedures differ depending upon the manufacturer of the mouse. Foreign balls can be replaced using the pop-off method. Domestic balls are replaced by using the twist-off method. Mouse balls are not usually static sensitive. However, excessive handling can result in sudden discharge.
Upon completion of ball replacement, the mouse may be used immediately. It is recommended that each replacer have a pair of spare balls for maintaining optimum customer satisfaction. Any customer missing his balls should suspect local personnel of removing these necessary items."

urbanski
11-09-05, 12:25 PM
Friend of mine said to me on AIM:
"warm up your keyboard and drain it. then take it to the sperm bank for $$$"

Did I just cross a line with that one? Lounge mods, feel free to do what you have to do. :D
AAAAAHAHAHA

Xrayqueen
11-10-05, 11:09 AM
Sounds a little anal to take off each button :sneaky: But to each his own. I clorox wipe mine ever week. Since I'm famous for spiling Rum and Coke on it :lildevil:
Peace Xrayqueen :)