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Cleaning Laptop Keyboard

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by nfinit1, Jan 28, 2004.

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  1. nfinit1

    nfinit1 Thread Starter

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    Hey All
    I spilled some Soda....on this Dell laptop
    The mouse and most keys work
    But there are some that are stuck
    What can I use to clean up the keyboard and loosen those stuck keys???
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    It's going to have to be taken apart, which is a real delicate operation. Is it still under warranty?
     
  3. nfinit1

    nfinit1 Thread Starter

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    Well I have the book and it seems simple to remove. THe books does say to be careful because the keys are hard to put back in place
    I just need to know what solution do I need to clean this board
    Is just seems that the tab a s d f g keys are stuck

    ANy suggestions on a good cleaning solution???
    I will need to use qtips/cotton swabs I think

    Since I spilled soda on it...is that covered under warranty?????
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Don't know, can't hurt to call anonymously and ask ;)

    I'd use a mixture of water and dishsoap and a lint free tiny cloth. And you want to let it dry for a couple of days prior to putting it back together, otherwise you could short something out.

    Obviously, don't try the dishwasher method here :D
     
  5. nfinit1

    nfinit1 Thread Starter

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    I agree the dishwashing method may not be the best option
    ;)
    I am thinking more of an alcohol type solution, using a lint free cloth(great suggestion)

    Checking on the warranty info later today
     
  6. shadowcat

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    If you're daring enough to remove the keyboard entirely away from the system, you could rinse it with distilled water (not bottled drinking or faucet water). The bottle would be distinctly marked as "distilled water". Let keyboard dry completely before putting it back into the laptop.

    But as AcaCandy mentioned, laptops are a delicate thing to take apart.
     
  7. nfinit1

    nfinit1 Thread Starter

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    Didnt think on the distilled water...figured the dried up soda would be too hard to remove with just water
     
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