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So I I have a grey keyboard and naturally being on it all day everyday it gets pretty dirty. Up to now I have just been cleaning the keycaps by wetting a paper towel slightly and washing off the dirt/grime whatever off the top of the keys. I have been trying to clean the inside of my keyboard out with those compressed air cans and whatnot. But those methods are not working anymore so my question is what are other methods of cleaning your keyboard.

Now I HEARD that you can clean a mechanical keyboard in the washer with no soap. I have never tried this and I have seen a lot of information about it but I am not sure if it is okay for ALL mechanical keyboards. I have a Realforce Topre which is a really expensive mechanical keyboard. I honestly don't even know if the switches of my keyboard are safe to put in the washer because they are a hybrid type of switch that is a mix of mechanical spring based switch and rubber dome switch. So is it safe to put in the washer? I mean I know some keybaords you just wrap end of the wire USB or whatever with plastic and seal it so water can't get in and then let it dry for at least a day before you plug it back in... but I don't know really if I can so that.

Also if this won't work with my board what are some other ways of cleaning my keyboard that you would recommend?

This is my board http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=topre_keyboards,realforce&pid=rf_se0200

Thanks a lot.
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you can always try removing the keys and washing with with a cloth, tahts what i did
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Dude, no Topre in the washing machine! Dishwasher, laundry, WHATever!
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Keys in a laundry bag with the towels MAYBE but I'd just dump them in a bucket with dental cleaning tablets.

I really gotta write up that Ripster Key Cleaning guide. THIS guy puts his keys in the oven.
http://deskthority.net/wiki/Keyboard_cleaning398

That is a surefire way to get a Topre Spacebar LIKE THIS!
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Edited by ripster - 6/12/12 at 12:42pm
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I honestly have never even taken the keys off of my topre. Do they just pop off like other mechanical keys? I once started to pull on one thinking it would come off ezpz like the other mechanical keyboards would, but I was pulling on it and it wasn't coming off as easy as it should... Can I just take one of the key removers that I got from one of my old mechanical keyboards and just pop off the topre keycaps? I mean does the fact that they are that hybrid mechanical/rubber dome key mean that they don't come off as easily as the mechanical keys? And if they don't just come off as easily as any other mechanical keyboards keys, How should I take them off?

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im unsure of the specifics but if htey come off it would greatly help
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