cleaning keyboards in the dishwasher
wmaddox at pacbell.net
Tue Jan 10 07:49:12 CST 2006
Chuck Guzis wrote:
> If I felt a need to wash some electronics, I'd do it with warm or hot water
> and a simple detergent without added salts.
I would recommend washing "by hand" as well. The less time equipment is
exposed to water, the less moisture infiltration of supposedly "sealed"
components will occur. There are detergents specifically designed for
washing circuit bords, e.g., Alconox Detergent 8, that avoid corrosive
alkalais and residues.
Alconox, Inc. - Product Catalog
Putting a keyboard in the dishwasher doesn't strike me as a particularly
good idea. Unless you disassemble the keyboard anyway, there will be
water trapped inside that will dry out very slowly. I clean a keyboard
by pulling all the keycaps and washing them separately in dish
detergent, and clean the area formerly under the keys with isopropanol,
cotton swabs, and a detailing brush. This is good for the usual sorts
of gunk that accumulates on a keyboard, but perhaps not for spilled
I have an excellent tool for pulling keycaps that came with a Northgate
Omnikey keyboard. There are two wire loops attached to a handle. You
slip the loops over the key and they hook underneath, allowing you to
pull the keycap straight up and off. Very quick and tidy.
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