How to clean your
The easy way first if it's just a little
Press down on the sticky key and hold down, rotate the key back and forth.
Many times this will clean dust and light particles from the key. Also,
you might try turning the keyboard upside down and gently tapping it so
debris will fall out.
IF this doesn't do it, then here's
the long method...
** read this first!
- Turn your computer off and disconnect
- Straighten a paperclip and then
bend it into a V shape.
- Bend the open ends of the paperclip
in toward each other so that the paperclip looks like a stethoscope.
- Holding the "stethoscope" upside
down, gently position each end under opposite sites of the sticky key.
- Lift up firmly, but gently, using
the paperclip to pop off the key. You might need to wiggle a bit, but
don't be too forceful!
- If you have trouble getting the
key to pop off, try removing some of the keys next to it first.
- Turn the keyboard upside down
and tap the bottom of the case to loosen dirt and debris in the keyboard.
- Flip the keyboard upright and
use your compressed air to blow out the rest of the debris.
- I use a small paint brush to gently
brush the keyboard. Don't use an ordinary vacuum cleaner for this task
as it may generate static. Small, computer-safe vacuums are inexpensive
and available at most computer retailers.
- Gently but firmly snap the key(s)
back in place.
- If the key is still sticky, the
contacts may need cleaning. You can obtain contact cleaner at most electronics
and computer stores.
- Remove the key(s) again. If you
can see metal contacts in the hole that the keycap fits it, squirt a
little bit of contact cleaner into it.
- Let the contact cleaner dry for
about five minutes, then replace the keycap(s).
- If you can't see metal contacts
because they are covered with rubber or plastic, you can't clean the
contacts easily and should not try to do so.
- If the keys still won't work properly
after cleaning out the keyboard, it will probably need to be replaced.
use this technique to remove the space bar unless you are an experienced
hardware tech. The space bar has a wire holding it in place that makes
it trickier than other keys.