Spilled Tea on Notebook Computer Keyboard

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JHY-IC

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I recently had the misfortune of spilling a small amount of tea on the keyboard of my notebook computer.

My computer is a Dell Inspiron 8100. I am comfortable with taking my computer apart, as I recently installed a new 60G hard drive.

I cleaned the computer as much as I possibly could. The insert, home, delete, end, backspace, and enter keys continue to stick. The delete key remains depressed about 10 seconds after it is used.

I took the keyboard off of the notebook to see if any further cleaning was possible. I was wondering if it is possible to submerge the keyboard into water to allow further removal of the spilled tea.

Anyone have any ideas for cleaning the remainder of the keyboard. I took one key completely off the keyboard, but it is hard to replace.

Thanks!

Joseph
 
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Honestly, when it comes to a laptop keyboard, you're better off just buying a new one off ebay for a few bucks. You can't just dump it in water, you'd have to pull off the keys and clean it manually. My old Gateway Solo had a similar experience with a can of coke. I think it was $15 for me to replace it, I was lazy.
 

JohnWill

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I've had the best luck removing the keyboard, and washing it in hot running water. After the washing, I use canned air to get all the water from under the keys that I can, then put it in a LOW oven at no more than 150F, preferably more like 125F, and back it overnight.

If you can remove the keytops, that will help in the washing and drying process. I've rescued a number of keyboards this way, but I've also had a couple that didn't come back. The longer the stuff is on the keyboard, the less chance of recovery, so if you're going to clean it, I'd get at it right away!
 
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A KEy board can be ran in the washing machine just has to dry for a while. KEyboards stop working when water it spilled on it because of the power running through it when it comes in contact with water and shorts out. i suggest running hot water on it and letting it sit for a day to dry out or use the over good idea.. be carful however they parts of a laptop keybaord are very ..fragile
 
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