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Lurked this forum for about three weeks now trying to learn about mech keyboards and hunting for affordable deals. Ended up dropping $40 on a used IBM Model M on eBay. Looking forward to it getting here to replace my rubber dome POS.

But then I saw this thread and got to thinking:
http://www.overclock.net/keyboards/1030735-3-years-dirt-crumbs-grime-nsfw.html

What is the best way to clean and sterilize this used keyboard? If it is unplugged can I dip it in a bucket of water + bleach and then let it dry out for a few days upside down on a towel? Is that overboard? I am not rightly horrified at the thought of this used keyboard and appreciate any and all advice.
post #2 of 10
Take off all keycaps, blow out with DataVac Electric Duster, wash keycaps in hot soapy water, brush out any remaining debris inside keyboard. Put everything back together and do routine maintenance blowing out the keyboard every 60-90 days.

If the board is still dirty and oily power wash it and then let it dry out in the hot sun.
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Unless you want to end up with a non functional rust bucket, do NOT put a Model M into a dishwasher or a bucket of water etc. Instead -

1) Get a 5.5mm nut driver to open up the keyboard's housing. You can wash that in a bucket of water or whatnot.

2) Pop off all the keycaps. Water with baking soda is a good one for removing grime. You may also want to let them soak in warm water with some soft detergent if you are worried about germs or whatever. Don't put the keycaps into really hot water or you may warp them.

3) You can clean out grime on the keyboard's internal assembly (i.e. the thing into which the keycaps slot into) with a brush.

Bare in mind that Model M keycaps may be two part or one part -

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Even in a keyboard that uses two piece keycaps, the large keys like Shift, Return etc. are single part. When you are cleaning the single piece keys, you need to ensure that the stem is fully dry before reinserting it. Even if you leave them to dry, bits of water can get stuck inside the stem, so its best to get a tissue, roll it up into a point, and prod around the inside of the stem to absorb any moisture that could otherwise cause damage.
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post #4 of 10
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Excellent advice, can't wait for it to get here so I can get the boring maintenance over with and click the ***** out of this thing!

Is the DataVac recommended exclusively? Or is a generic brand of compressed air acceptable?
post #5 of 10
A brush, and any old air duster will do.

Just to qualify an earlier statement - when you open the thing up, you can wash the keyboard's outer casing (there's a top half and bottom half) in whatever. Just dont try and do that to the thing in which all the keys are housed in.
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post #6 of 10
Nice thing about a Datavac is it will actually DRY the keys well too. The motor heats up and acts like a low temp, high pressure air dryer. Like the end of a car wash. I used it to dry my Sansa clip after falling into the toilet yesterday (while on).

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denture cleaners or so i read on geekhack for the white keys
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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by ripster;13773789 
NI used it to dry my Sansa clip after falling into the toilet yesterday (while on).

I'm not certain that drying it addressed the most pressing issue you have. Surely some Lysol is appropriate in this case?
post #9 of 10
Baking soda is just as effective, and more likely to be in your house.

Unless you're Ripster lachen.gif
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Originally Posted by Bummrounde;13774719 
I'm not certain that drying it addressed the most pressing issue you have. Surely some Lysol is appropriate in this case?

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