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I spilled milk on my mechanical keyboard and it has turned into a mold, how should I clean it?

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Hello!

So, I recently got my Coolermaster QuickFire Rapid with Black switches. Which is amazing coming from a non-mechanical keyboard.

Anyway, so... a while back I spilled some milk on it. I took off the keycaps, got a toothbrush and put some warm water with a little bit of 97% alcohol in it on it. I then cleaned the keyboard using the toothbrush which, after a night of letting it dry, fixed the problem of my switches not working.

But now it's gotten more complicated, I think the milk slipped down the switches and has now... turned into a mold... not only does it smell but the switches aren't working properly anymore. As soon as I plug it in my computer just shuts down. (I assume it just pushes a key combo for that. I have no clue, really.)

So the question is, how do I clean this properly? I removed the only screw and cant take it apart easily. I'm afraid of forcing it so I'm wondering if anyone else has a solution. Also, would it be possible to just put it in the washing machine? I suppose its the easiest way aslong as I let it dry but I'm afraid the soap might do some damage.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Granted you didn't damage the board from before, here are 2 ways you can clean it:

If you can get the PCB off by itself, you can do a hot water soak through a dish washer. Just make sure to let it fully dry for a few days, maybe soak it in a bag of rice for faster drying.

If you can't do that, let it soak in a sink or tub (whatever can fit the keyboard) full of hot water (should be hot enough to be almost boiling). Don't use any soap, stick to things like small amounts of vinegar or lemon juice. Again let it dry for a few days.

Make sure you take off the plastic casing and all the key caps/stabilizers, otherwise you risk damaging those parts in the process.

If none of the above works, the only way is to examine the PCB and see where the mold is growing. You would have to desolder the switch out and clean it out that way or just get a new switch all together. If there's a key you know you never use, you can take the switch of that key and solder it to the broken key.
    
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Originally Posted by Kokin View Post

Granted you didn't damage the board from before, here are 2 ways you can clean it:
If you can get the PCB off by itself, you can do a hot water soak through a dish washer. Just make sure to let it fully dry for a few days, maybe soak it in a bag of rice for faster drying.
If you can't do that, let it soak in a sink or tub (whatever can fit the keyboard) full of hot water (should be hot enough to be almost boiling). Don't use any soap, stick to things like small amounts of vinegar or lemon juice. Again let it dry for a few days.
Make sure you take off the plastic casing and all the key caps/stabilizers, otherwise you risk damaging those parts in the process.
If none of the above works, the only way is to examine the PCB and see where the mold is growing. You would have to desolder the switch out and clean it out that way or just get a new switch all together. If there's a key you know you never use, you can take the switch of that key and solder it to the broken key.

I agree i would say to be super safe use DI water from the store . Walmart has a section in the auto department ends up being like 89 cent per gallon. Soak and soak it thoroughly.
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post #4 of 13
I periodically just soak my keyboard in soapy water. I don't run them through a dish washer anymore because I had one fade on me. Pieces of black plastic turned kind of gray...likely because the water was too hot.

Do not mess around with distilled water...the absolute moment that it touches something it will no longer be distilled water and then just be water. Even water sitting in the jug will start to pick up impurities from the jug unless you are using a carboy...even then it won't be perfect, but it is a close as we can get.
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Don't cry over spilled milk, just get a new keyboard and sell that stinky one to someone with a cheese fetish.
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I was wondering how long it took until ripster would comment. He never fails to leave a comment regarding anything mechanical keyboard.

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Please stay on topic.

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With some keyboards you can put them in the dishwasher and run the cycle, shouldn't damge it as long as you make sure it is completely dry by the time you use it again. The heat from the dishwasher should kill all the bacteria, just don't use the heated dry cycle
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Thank's alot! I'll certainly go through the options you've given me.

Using the foto-guide on how to open it wil help alot, thanks for that!
Now, here's for hoping it's not broke. ^.^
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