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Ok so i have this old dell and would like to clean it. Pictured below is what it looks like... (not my image)..
It has been a great keyboard for over 5 years and i want to keep it that way.
How would i go about cleaning it?? I want to clean the keys and the space under the keys. But im not sure what i can use... Goof- off would probably be too harsh(my keys are stamped on..) How about rubbing alcohol? Please help me Keyboard gurus!!
post #2 of 13
I always use the compressed air cans. Well, personally, I have a Metro Datavac. It is electronic so it never runs out of juice, but it is just as powerful.

Anyways, turn your keyboard over, and blow out what you can. Rubbing alcohol works too, at least I've used it on my work keyboard. Might be a good idea to unplug it too, just to be extra safe when using any liquids.
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post #3 of 13
For the keys, take each one off and put it in a tub with some warm water and dish soap.

For the keyboard, blow it out with compressed air or anything of that sort. Then white it down with a sponge and such but make sure not to get anything in the exposed switch holes.
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so rubbing alcohol wont take the key print off or stain?
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Originally Posted by jach11 View Post
so rubbing alcohol wont take the key print off or stain?
it wont.
i used 90% alcohol+ microfiber cloth to clean all my keyboard.
or you can get this.
post #6 of 13
Doubt it. achohol is pretty mild.
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it wont.
i used 90% alcohol+ microfiber cloth to clean all my keyboard.
or you can get this.
Amazon.com: Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac 500-Watt, 0.75-HP Electric Duster: Home Improvement
That's what I do too.

By the way, the DataVac is amazing! It just sounds like 18 vacuum cleaners, so don't use it when people are sleeping (or do, depending on your diplomatic stance towards said sleepers).
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post #8 of 13
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so 90% Isopropyl alcohol right?
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Actually, I think I use 70%. Can't vouch for 90%, but I don't see why it would make a difference.
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post #10 of 13
ya. but if you use Filco keyboard.
please don't use Alcohol on it. lol
why?
Reason.http://geekhack.org/showpost.php?p=204915&postcount=20
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