How to: Clean a mechanical keyboardBernd 2022-07-28 03:28:28 ⋅ 2mn No. 203660
It is simple, but requires technique, because if you remove the keycaps with your fingers and not by levering ... you can damage the cover, as happened to me the first time I cleaned it. I straightened the key with a lighter and a screwdriver. If you don't have a "keycap remover" either because your keyboard doesn't include one or you have lost the one that came with it —as happened to me— you can make one yourself with a paper clip, like the one I show in the picture. When removing the keycaps, first you have to clean with a fine bristle brush to dust, after this step we have two options, disassemble the keyboard for deep cleaning —which I recommend once a year. In this case I only cleaned the keycaps and dusted the switches. After dusting, I recommend dusting each switch by pressing the switch and applying either compressed air or blowing it with a hair dryer with cold air. Having already dusted both the switches and the keyboard per se, it is time to clean each keycap with a cloth and the disinfectant product of your choice.... In my case I used wet wipes of a certain brand that sells cleaning and disinfectant products, the baby wipes are also valid... Even a flannel with water if you do not have or do not want to use any product. I recommend to clean each keycap soon after placing it in its switch, why? if you put them in a bowl with water and soap the humidity will stay where the cross of the switch goes and that is complicated to dry... If you hit it with compressed air/hair dryer, there will still be humidity... You will have to leave it for hours in the open air or soak it in rice... It is more complicated... All disadvantages... More water is wasted, disinfectant product and even dish soap is added to the formula... Avoid doing it... It is not worth it. If you have any questions, I will answer. Go ahead.
Bernd 2022-07-28 03:36:47 ⋅ 2mn No. 203664
Using a paper clip or a "keycap remover" is a MUST, if you dare to remove those key caps with your fingers you will damage one or two keycaps, as I have shown on the pictures. Now my keyboard is clean; cat hair free. Are you going to clean your keyboard too, Bernd? Does not matter if it is mechanical, rubber or hybrid... it is important to dust it once per month.
Bernd 2022-08-12 09:24:03 ⋅ 1mn No. 216101
nice guide, i'll save it in case i ever get a mechanical keyboard