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Safest way to clean keyboard?

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I am looking to clean under my keyboard, its a saitek eclipse II light up keyboard. I want to clean under all the keys as they have lots of food n crap stuck underneath. Whats best way to clean underneath without damaging the keys?
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Take of the caps carefully. When I say carefully, I mean pull them from one side and don't just forcefully yank them out. Also, be wary of the long, metal wire that holds the larger keys in place. I can't tell you how many keys I have ruined by snapping the metal rods. Once all of the keys are of, proceed to wipe all of the nooks and crannies inside the board with either a damp cloth or a wet (but not dripping) tissue, taking care to not damage any fragile LEDs/Switches. If you have some compressed air, be sure to spray some inside the key caps and hard to reach areas. Be especially careful, your keyboard has LED lights which may snap under force.

If the keys themselves are dirty, put them all in a colander, add some soap and rinse them all thoroughly with warm water. After this, let them dry for a couple of hours; you can speed up the process by using a tissue to dry them up. DO NOT apply an water to the board itself. After that, put the keys back in and Wala, done!

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Edited by PolyMorphist - 9/12/13 at 9:47am
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Thanks Poly, will give it a go!
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Thanks Poly, will give it a go!
You're very welcome; tell me how it goes if you can!
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Also forgot to ask, is it a good idea to use isoproanol to clean under my keyboard and clean the keys? or just use normal water and soap or something?
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Also forgot to ask, is it a good idea to use isoproanol to clean under my keyboard and clean the keys? or just use normal water and soap or something?

While I can't say I've used alcohol, I can assume that It would have the same effects as using a water-based solution. TBH, as long as the keyboard remains dry where the electronics are, you can use just about anything. Also, I would not recommend applying water the membranes of the keys (the gray/white, rubber bits). While it won't destroy the keyboard if you do get some liquid into it, it may result in the key feeling a lot 'mushier'

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