Friday, July 07, 2006

Washing your Keyboard

Before I get into this, I just want to say that this isn't a procedure I would recommend anyone try, especially on a modern keyboard.
Back in university, around the same time as the last post (sometime in 1999 I imagine), I had an old IBM Model-M keyboard. One of the ones with buckling spring keyswitches.
I used to love that keyboard. Who needs ICQ sound effects when your keyboard goes KLACK KLACK KLACK all on it's own. That thing was heavy, but boy was it solid.
So, one night, the eventually-inevitable happened, and I spilled a can of Coke on my keyboard. Not wanting to have to replace it with a quieter, but flimsier, modern keyboard, I proceeded to "fix" it. I took it all apart, removed the small circuit board with the ICs on it, and put the rest of it in the bathtub. Yes, in the bathtub. With water. I swirled it around in there for a few minutes, then let it soak for an hour or two. When it was done, I took it out and let it all dry for a full 24 hours before reassembling it. It worked perfectly again. I was so happy. :)
Some time after that, I spilled on it again, and did the same thing. Unfortunately, I let it soak for too long this time, and a capacitor soaked up a bunch of water and expanded. This was just too much effort to bother trying to fix, so I bought a logitech keyboard, which I am still using to this day.

1 comment:

Hez R said...

I've followed this procedure for cleaning keyboards for, well, pretty much all of my computer using life. With one exception, I've never let it soak. Usually its just a quick rinse and maybe a whipe with a cloth and then dry (yes let it dry somewhere warm for 24hrs!).