How to Clean Up Keyboard Spills

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Science can't explain it, but soft drinks and coffee are undeniably attracted to computer keyboards. Put them in proximity and they're bound to interact messily sooner or later. Luckily you can save your keyboard if accidents happen. Here's how to do it.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Cotton Swabs
    • 1

      Unplug the keyboard.

    • 2

      If you spilled water, turn the keyboard over and let it drain and dry out for at least 24 hours.

    • 3

      If you spilled something sticky, try prying the small key caps off of the keyboard with a flathead screwdriver to get better access to the mess. Don't remove the spacebar, the Enter key or other large key caps. (Take a picture of the keyboard layout, or make a quick sketch of it, before you remove any keys so you can put them back where you found them.)

    • 4

      Gently clean the keyboard with a wet cotton swab. Use either hot water or rubbing alcohol to get rid of the sticky residue.

    • 5

      Replace the key caps after rinsing them and letting them dry.

    • 6

      Let everything dry for at least 24 hours before plugging the keyboard back in.

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