How to Make Your Keyboard Look As Good As New.

Hey and welcome to my first instructable. :)
In this instructable i will show you how to take apart your keyboard and clean it.
NOTE - every keyboard is different so some parts of this instructable will be different to what you do.

Step 1: Tools Needed.

These are the tools you will be using when taking apart and cleaning your keyboard.

- Keyboard
- Some thing to put the keys in ( I used the platic covers off them packs of 50 dvd's)
- A cross head screwdriver
- Washing up liquid
- An old tooth brush
- Something to take the keys off ( I used a pci slot cover )

Step 2: Take Pictures.

I recomend you should take pictures of the keyboard so when you put it back together you dont have to geuss where all the keys go.

P.S when taking the pictures press the marro button these will make a world of difference to your photos.

Step 3: Taking the Keys Off.

Now take your pci slot cover and put it under your key and slowly push down until you hear a click. Be carefull when taking out spae,enter and shift because they have a metal bar under them, take note when removing these keys so you will know how to put them back on later.

Step 4: Taking the Keyboard Apart.

Now turn the keyboard upside-down and remove all the screws. Now turn it over and seperrate the two halfs of the keyboard. Then set the bottom half aside for now.

Step 5: Cleaning the Key Board !

Now fill a sink about 1/4 way with water and then add the washing up liquid. Throw in the keys and leave them in there while you clean the top half of the keyboard. After cleaning the top half of the keybpard put it somewhere to dry overnight.

Step 6: Cleaning the Keys.

Now take the keys out of the sink and put them back in the bowl and put it under a running tap for around 10 minutes. When putting the tap on dont open it to much or the keys will flow out of the bowl and go down the drain. After around ten minitues drain the water from the bowl and place it somewhere to dry overnight.

Step 7: Putting the Keyboard Back Together.

Now take the keys and keyboard and see if they are dry enough if they are take the bottom half of the keyboard and place the top half on it. Then turn it over and place all the screws back into place.

Step 8: Putting the Keys Back On.

Now go to the pictures you took in step 2. Then put the keys back into there proper places.
P.S shift.enter and space bar have metal tabs underneath them so dont forget to put them in place ;) .

Step 9: Finished.

Now youve finally finished, so plug it into your computer and hope it still works ;).



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    8 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hope and pray. I've always thought about putting all the non electrical stuff into a pillow case and running it through with a load of laundry

    5 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I've heard you can just run these things through the dishwasher. (I'M JUST KIDDING! DON'T PUT YOUR KEYBOARD IN THE DISHWASHER!)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Actually, I've put my keyboard in the dishwasher quite a few times! I disassemble it to get the electronics out (you don't want to wash those) and put the keys into the fork-and-knives rack. Make sure you select a cool cycle (the plastic could deform or melt at the higher temperature cycles) and away you go. Very clean, very easy to do.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I've heard you CAN keep the electronics inside, but you have to wait a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ttime for it to dry out fully - or was it just ot wash it leaving the electronics in - not sure


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    ye ive tried that but the heat melted the keyboard and made it pare-shaped lool.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    hahah you could just get a screwdrivers and take out the screws at the back and inside (ensuring you keep a count of which ones go where) and just use a thin round brush like a kids toothbrush and clean away!!) at the end when you put it back together, just use wd-40 or some cleaner and polish it till theres no dirt, grease marks etc