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By Punkid
May 28, 2010
  1. i was wondering, if i device is turned off and i wash it with water, will it work after i get it dry....im thinking about washing my keyboard..
     
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    No! Don't do that! You'll ruin the keyboard. Get yourself a can of compressed air and with short bursts clean out the dust.

    If you want to be meticulous you could try to clean with a fistful of Q-Tips.
     
  3. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 421

    lol my mom dropped water on my keyboard the other day, it was ON, i disconnected it, put it near the fan for like 10 mins and connected it again and it worked absolutely fine.
     
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Well then go ahead and get back to us with the results.
     
  5. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 421

    haha im not going to be the first noob to *uck up his keyboard lol....i need someone to say he has done it and succeeded :p
     
  6. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    The way I clean my keyboard and most electronics is take them apart and use compressed air, small hand-held vacuum cleaner and Q-tips. I will wash off plastic pieces that I take apart but never anything else. Most of my stuff is just full of dust and dirt since I live in the desert. Hope that helps :) .
     
  7. seanc

    seanc TS Rookie Posts: 88

    I'd take it apart and then clean it, helps to ensures there is no water trapped anywhere and that is dry.

    For the record, you can quite happily wash a motherboard, just remove the CMOS battery first and make sure it dries for a long while before you use it again.
     
  8. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 421

    hmm is this true for all electronics? if they are not powered on/have no power source connected, can they be washed?
     
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Well...technically yeah water will do nothing as long as you make sure it doesn't leave residue and is completely problem.
    My friend has a waterproof keyboard, he washes it heh.
     
  10. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 421

    lol ok ill try washing it and post back here
     
  11. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    don't do that Punk!
    you might get lucky, but among other things, water can get into tight spots and take weeks or months to dry. and water,soap, and other contaminants cause separation of the materials used to manufacture it. it can also cause conductive and non conductive layers to separate.
     
  12. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 421

    hmm, so are all the keys of hte keyboard removable? and removing keys doesnt damage the keyboard right?
     
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    your gonna do it huh? :D, nowadays they are merely pressure fit. should just pop out and press back in.
     
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    They should be. One time I removed my enter key, and it took me like 30 minutes + removing all surrounding keys :/. I think i'm just stupid.
    I'd rather not throw it in the washer, a light rinse with water at most is what I would do. Plus if you're like me and you eat/live in front of your computer, its the keys that are sticky :).
     
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Thats a bit harsh :D. sometimes the larger keys with more than one contact point require you to remove the surrounding keys because you have to start at a different angle when you push them back in.
     
  16. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 899   +15

    sometimes it used to work fine for me (washing and drying keyboards) but, as others said, it's best if you could dismantle the entire keyboard and dry them completely. cause i used to wash keyboard about twice a year until i upgraded to a wireless keyboard.

    most of the keyboards, i suppose, have their keycaps secured into the plastic chassis. when you open up your keyboard, none of them will comes off, unless you 'unhook' them. take caution when dealing with transparent 'plastic' and the keyboard components (with LEDs).

    example: http://www.sunstormlabs.net/blog/2008/05/23/how-to-dismantle-a-logitech-g15-keyboard/
     
  17. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 421

    well my keyboard is a really old dell....i love typing on it ...i think removing all the keys would be alot of hassle so ill try removing the screws from the back of the keyboard and see if it looks washable
     
  18. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 899   +15

    indeed, removing the keycaps are optional. usually, after remvoing the screws, I just separate the keyboard electronic part. then i wash (and brush) the keyboard chassis which include all the keycaps. it gets really dusty overtime.

    goodluck with your keyboard... :)
     
  19. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 421

    yeah thats what i was think....if electronics part can be seperated then it should be safe. ill do it next weekend
     
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