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Nasty Keyboard Solution

12.15.07 | 1 Comment

Does your keyboard look like this?

Picture of dirty, nasty keyboard

If so, you might want to unplug it and throw it in…

Picture of garden variety dishwasher

If all goes well, you’ll end up with…

Clean keyboard, fresh from the dishwasher

I’m not nuts, a colleague forwarded this story to me recently – and unlike a number of these situations, I actually have first-hand experience with it. In 1989 a Coca-Cola was inadvertently spilled into my AT-style keyboard. Since it was ruined anyway, I thought, “what the heck, I’ll toss it in the dishwasher to see what happens.” In my experience, if you split the keyboard open, insert into dishwasher (away from heating elements – if your model has them) with no soap, a quick 10 minute cycle was sufficient to get the gunk out and a couple of days of drying allowed the keyboard to be reassembled and then used. Good as new.

During my PC days, I would do this frequently. Now in my Mac days, I haven’t yet tried it. My desktop keyboard is NASTY so perhaps it’s time for an experiment…I’ll take pictures (and will get a replacement just in case…)

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