Just as you type the last words of your quarterly report, one of the keys on your keyboard gets stuck. Fortunately, there are some easy methods to clean your keyboard. Dirt and dust in your keyboard can cause keys to stick, but it can also be caused by spilled drink or other sticky substances. The solutions below address both problems.
Method 1 of 5: Shaking out the keyboard
Step 1. Detach the keyboard
If you have a laptop, turn it off.
Step #2. Turn the keyboard upside down
You can also hold it at an angle, as long as part of the keyboard is pointing at the floor.
Step 3. Gently shake the keyboard
Shake out the crumbs and drop them on the floor or table.
Step 4. Wipe off all other crumbs
If there is dirt on the keyboard, wipe it off as well.
Step 5. Try the keys again
See if they do now.
Method 2 of 5: Blowing the keyboard clean
Step 1. Buy a can of compressed air
You can buy it at almost any electronics store.
Step 2. Turn off the computer
If you have a desktop, unplug the keyboard.
Step 3. Gently blow the air around and under the keys
Do not tilt the aerosol, otherwise liquid may come out.
Step 4. Wipe off all the dirt
If you blow dirt or food particles out of the keyboard, wipe it off.
Step 5. Try the keys again
See if they do now.
Method 3 of 5: Cleaning stuck keys
Step 1. Clean immediately when you spill something
If you spill drinks on your keyboard, unplug and clean it.
Step 2. Clean the keys with rubbing alcohol when the spilled drink has dried
Make sure to unplug or turn off your laptop first. If you mainly spilled on the keys, use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to clean the keys.
Step 3. Take off the top of the keys
Make sure they don't stick anymore.
Step 4. Go around the edges with a cotton swab
You should be able to fix stuck keys by going around the edges with a cotton swab. It separates the lower part of the key from the keyboard.
Step 5. Try your keys again to see if they work now
When the alcohol has dried, try out your keys to see if you can press them now.
Method 4 of 5: Removing keys to clean the keyboard
Step 1. Carefully pry up the stuck key
Use a screwdriver or other flat tool to get under the fretboard, prying it up slightly on one of the sides. You can also use your nail.
- If you're working on a laptop (whether it's a PC or a Mac), know that the key is held in place by a thin plastic clip that doubles as a spring. The keys are attached in a slightly different way on each keyboard, so how to remove them depends on the type of keyboard you have. Check the user manual if you don't know how to remove the keys or if you don't know if this is possible.
- Das keyboards (which, according to the manufacturer, are the best mechanical keyboards on the market) cannot be repaired by prying up the keys. You will receive a special clamp with which you can detach individual keys from the keyboard.
- Do not remove all keys at the same time. You may not be able to remember where all the keys belong. Do not remove more than a few at a time.
Step 2. Gently wipe the inside of the key, as well as the area where you detached it
Remove any dirt or crumbs obstructing the key or clip below. You can use tweezers or toothpicks as an aid.
Step 3. Clean sticky areas with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol
Do not wet the cotton swab so that the alcohol does not drip off.
Step 4. Let the key and keyboard dry completely
Of course, you don't want any liquid under the keys, even if it's rubbing alcohol.
Step 5. Reattach the keys where they belong
Press the button gently. He should now cling again.
If you have a laptop, return the clip to its original position before reattaching the key
Step 6. Try out your keys
They shouldn't be stuck now. If they are still stuck, you may need to take your keyboard to someone who repairs computers.
Method 5 of 5: Replacing a broken key
Step 1. Remove the key that is not working properly
For example, if the 'A' doesn't do anything, take it off.
Step 2. Take off a working key and place it on the problem position
For example, place the working 'S' key in the 'A' position. If the 'S' key works in the A spot, that means the problem is with the A key and not the membrane or mechanical switch below the A key.
Step 3. Compare the problem key with the working key and look for deviations
In some cases there is a bulge that fits into a recess and can be fixed with a knife or scissors. Run the sharp edge along the bulge to smooth it out and try the key again.
Step 4. Order replacement keys online or through the manufacturer if needed
Or, if that is not possible, it is often possible to find a broken keyboard of the same on Marktplaats whose keys are still in good condition. That way you can save keys from the cheap broken keyboard to use in your working keyboard.
- Make sure that the keyboard is no longer connected, so that you do not cause a short circuit.
- If your computer is new and the warranty has not yet expired, do not remove the key without first contacting the manufacturer.