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May 10, 2010

Computer Keyboard Disassembly and Cleaning

at 4:59 am. Filed under Computer Hacks, DIY Hacks

It’s just a matter of time before you spill some liquid into your computer keyboard or it naturally gets full of dust and dirt. When this happens keys can stick or may become intermittent. Keyboards are priced to be disposable but that doesn’t mean you should just toss it and buy a new one. Chances are you can take it apart and clean it out. The process should take about 1/2 an hour and will keep your keyboard out of the landfill.


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13 Responses to “Computer Keyboard Disassembly and Cleaning”

  1. Pete Says:

    Why would I ever want to go through all that trouble? The most expensive keyboard I have ever bought was $60. And I probably have at least 5 laying around that were less than $20 or are brand new from the purchase of a new computer.

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Pete,

    I know that it doesn’t make financial sense to repair something that you can buy for 10 or 20 dollars but I hate to throw something out that I can repair.

  3. Mike Says:

    Good post after Contest 129…

  4. Pete Says:

    Hi Alan,
    Yeah, I get what you are saying and I’m not trying to diss the project. I guess I just have an abundance of projects going right now and would need greater ROI of time to take this one on. 😉

  5. Keyboard DIY – How to Clean Your Computer Keyboard! Says:

    […] My friend Alan from HackedGadgets.com has a great video tutorial on how to clean your computer keyboard. […]

  6. selva Says:

    Thanks for the help…

  7. Jesse Says:

    I type on a $120 keyboard.

    It cannot be cleaned in this way.

    I’m sad now.

  8. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Jesse,

    I am guessing your keyboard has an actual switch for each key?

  9. Andreas Says:

    Well for me this is a well known procedure, I just did it today.

    I own two Microsoft Natural Keyboards (PS/2) and I bought the first in 1995 for .. 130 German Mark ( 1DM ~ 1,98 €; 1$ ~ 1.6 DM in 1995 ) it works till now I like the ergonomic design of this keyboard. Those Natural Keyboard are sturdy like hell they never failed me, that’s why I clean them.

    The MS Naturals are also very easy to disassemble, some big screws a plug, some small screws, some plastik plates .. that’s it.

    But I also own some normal keyboards. I clean these too, just because I don’t want them to have more germs than my toilet where normally put my butt on, yeah propper hygiene.

    But speaking of value .. isn’t 60 $ or even 15 $ enough money to be saved due to carefull handling and cleaning ?

  10. Haku Says:

    “Why would I ever want to go through all that trouble?” I have to agree for most of the cheap keyboards, the last one I bought cost £4.39, but you might not be saying that if you use IBM Model M keyboards – I got a couple of those in an old computer job lot, bought a special sized nut driver to take them apart to thoroughly clean them which took an age because each key had a keycap on top. I got £50 & £70 for them on eBay..

  11. Greg Zeng Says:


    The same procedure, but I use methylated spirits to prolong the contacts, & remove the scum.

    Needs doing every few years.

  12. Platypus Says:

    I actually cleanded my keyboard this way, but ripped a few conducting lines in the prosess of seperating the layers of plastic. But i fixed it with thin strips of aluminum foil and scotch tape! Worked greate. And yes, i was really really broke…..

  13. bartman2589 Says:

    I’ve generally had good luck using the top rack of my dishwasher, making sure to avoid the ‘Drying Cycle’ which might be too hot for the plastic to handle, I generally just let it dry propped up against a wall either placed in front of a heating duct in my house or in the summer time with a fan blowing on the key side of the keyboard for about a week, I’ve also had lots of success simply giving it a shower and using a scrub brush and some dish soap to clean between the keys (the excess soap suds will soak down into the rest of the keyboard and help to disolve any residual soda or whatever allowing it to be rinsed out fairly easily), again I generally let it dry for about a week before using again. So far I haven’t had any keyboards fail to work again after cleaning in this manner.

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