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Cleaning dried pee from a keyboard?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Title is kinda self explanatory!

No, it wasn't from me....not sure who the culprit is.

But yeah....pee is gross on a keyboard, so how do I get it off? It's like, between the keys!
post #2 of 28
I'm sorry but.......
post #3 of 28
I took a course a long time ago on repairing computers and such. Believe it or not you can actually run a keyboard through the dishwasher so you could probably just wash it off under the faucet. Don't use soap though.
post #4 of 28
Aww... it wasn't Bea was it?

I've got no ideas... except perhaps a new keyboard. Unless you can get the keys off to clean under them I don't think you'll be able to get it all.
post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
It's a wireless one....so I'm not sure if that makes a difference.

I find it incredibly funny, no one else does.

Bea is at the vet, they're waiting her out for pee, so no it wasn't her. I'm thinking PJ has become a sprayer....which means I have to keep him, right?
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
I took a course a long time ago on repairing computers and such. Believe it or not you can actually run a keyboard through the dishwasher so you could probably just wash it off under the faucet. Don't use soap though.
What?! I would have never thought that. What about the cord?
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by twstychik View Post
What?! I would have never thought that. What about the cord?
Yeah, it's sounds strange doesn't it. I guess it doesn't hurt the cord either. Nat said hers is wireless so thats a plus. I would just run it under the faucet and wipe it down then let it dry good.
post #8 of 28
this is officially the weirdest thread ever started on TCS
post #9 of 28
I'm pretty sure DH has washed keyboards without a problem. I know he has talked about the fact that if you do so you need to make sure it is completely dry before using it. I'll pick his brain tonight, but in the meantime I googled "wash keyboard" and came up with many hits. Here are a couple that don't seem to be talking through their hats.

http://www.webtechgeek.com/How-to-Cl...r-Keyboard.htm

http://www.tjrforum.com/showthread.php?t=1446

ETA: Yeah, I guess you just have to keep him, Nat. Tough, eh?
post #10 of 28
Hmmm... I would probably start taking things apart! But Im phsycotic with a screwdriver... I like to take things apart! other wise, Id take it in and pay the couple bucks to have someone else clean it off!! Its better than having them pee on the stove!! I had a cat ten years ago or so that use to do that, you would never know until you turned the stove o and then you just wanted to hurl!! Good luck to ya!
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
this is officially the weirdest thread ever started on TCS
I'm proud of that!

post #12 of 28
A couple years ago I accidentally dropped a can of pop on my desk - the can exploded. Ruined a monitor and soaked the keyboard. I popped all the keys off, opened it up, and cleaned everything with rubbing alcohol, q-tips, and paper towel.
post #13 of 28
I saw the thread title and almost fell off my chair.

I'm proud to say I have never had this problem and hope never to experiance it. Good luck, I was thinking pry all the letters off the keyboard and washing them individually but dishwasher seems much easier.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
this is officially the weirdest thread ever started on TCS
But oh, so very useful to ALL of us - since how often do we clean our keyboards
I really like the dishwasher idea
post #15 of 28
I think I would just buy a new one. *shrug*
post #16 of 28
Are you typing on the peed on keyboard Nat??
post #17 of 28
in the old days, yes you could wash them.
These days i would not do that, You should be able to pop the keys of and wash those. take a qtip to do the rest.

by the way, in the old days, men kissed the hands of meeting a lady for the first time, i think i will just skip that step, ehhe
post #18 of 28
I've always used good old Rubbing Alcohol, cotton balls and Qtips. The rubbing alcohol dries quickly so you don't have to worry about liquids gettings deep down into the electronics of the keyboard.

Like Bruce said I wouldn't suggest today's keyboards in the dishwasher. They're built with the idea that we're going to throw them away for one reason or another in a year.
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Are you typing on the peed on keyboard Nat??
No, I'm making my family use that computer/keyboard! We've got 3 computers, one that hardly runs, but that is the business computer someone peed on!
post #20 of 28
lol i have a gaming kb. that has all types of extra buttons , LCD displays etc, and with her KB being wirless would guess there is also buttons for media control etc. , i would really doubt, it would live in a dishwasher.
post #21 of 28
Only Nat would start a thread titled "Cleaning dried pee from a keyboard".

And no - I have no idea how to help!
post #22 of 28
Seriously, unless you love this keyboard, I'd just throw it out.

Perhaps one of these babies might tempt you?

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/input/5a7f/

Not wireless, but still pretty cool. And "moisture" proof.
post #23 of 28
i would also throw it out, because my kitties will constantly pee on the same place over and over again, even if i wash it really well
post #24 of 28
Seriously, unless you're very attached I would probably just get a new one...I guess it's time for a keyboard cover...I had one back in the day

This thread made me ...in that order.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
I took a course a long time ago on repairing computers and such. Believe it or not you can actually run a keyboard through the dishwasher so you could probably just wash it off under the faucet. Don't use soap though.
That depends purely on how old your computer is!! I stress - don't do it unless you know that your keyboard will be safe in there. Normally when I spill anything on the keyboard, I wait until it dries, then take all the keys off and take a damp cloth over everything. Our keyboard - even though the rest of the computer is relatively new - the keyboard is quite old (bf likes keys that say "click" when you hit them ) so that method is the best for cleaning that one. Better yet, take it to a specialist
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 
It's not up to me to buy a new keyboard....see....the kitties were kind enough to pee on my parent's computer not mine! Dad's convinced he can save it....I'm convinced I'll e-mail him some links to keyboards.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
It's not up to me to buy a new keyboard....see....the kitties were kind enough to pee on my parent's computer not mine! Dad's convinced he can save it....I'm convinced I'll e-mail him some links to keyboards.
Does he have a birthday or some other occasion coming up? You could buy one FOR him,
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 
Nope. Not for a year anyways!

We got a giftcard for Dell & ones for Best Buy.....I'm sure I can find one for him & order it! (Men!)
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