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post #1 of 22
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Yesterday afternoon I spent a good hour or so removing every single key from my keyboard, cleaning them, and cleaning underneath. I found enough cat hiar under there to make a small kitten, and now the keys are clean enough that I can actually read what letter each represents.
post #2 of 22
I am right now staring at in between my keys... I also have enough cat hair to make a small kitten.... but a question: How do I go about removing them? I just tried to pull one, and I lifted the entire keyboard and I stopped fearing I would break the thing apart (and Spanish keyboards are hard to come by here).
post #3 of 22
Good tip. The keys tend to "bounce" off a rubber membrane underneath, so the fluff is normally caught on this. You can hold the keyboard on its side, I normally balance it on one of the narrow sides and blow through the keys. That removes a lot of stuff. You can also get one of the blower brushes that are used on cameras and do a combination of blowing and brushing. That removes a lot of stuff. If you have a photography/computer shop nearby you can also get aerosols of pressurised air which can be used to blow out the keyboard without damaging the keys.
post #4 of 22
lolo...isnt it funny where you find cat hair.......lol....i was claning my dish strainer the other day and it was infested with cat hair.....same thing with my key board and my bathroom drain........for bordom i take Q-tips and rubbing alcohol and clean my key board...its so pretty and sanitary afterwards...lol
post #5 of 22
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Well, remember, I am in the Mac minority around here. On my keyboard, the letter part of each individual key just popped off when I pried it. Of course, I had to be careful to do a small section at a time, so I could remember which key went where. All in all, it was a worthwhile venture. There was also all sorts of crumbs and other yuckiness in there.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Deb25
Well, remember, I am in the Mac minority around here. On my keyboard, the letter part of each individual key just popped off when I pried it. Of course, I had to be careful to do a small section at a time, so I could remember which key went where. All in all, it was a worthwhile venture. There was also all sorts of crumbs and other yuckiness in there.
My generic IBM keyboard works the same way, Deb.....I usually try to take 'em all off and line 'em up on the table, clean under them then clean each one of them as I put them back on........can you tell I do that here at work and not at home though?
post #7 of 22
I have done the sideways thing and the aerosol thing. I also use Q tips. I ahve heard of using a small paintbrush. I spritz the q-tip with windex and rub.

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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
Good tip. The keys tend to "bounce" off a rubber membrane underneath, so the fluff is normally caught on this. You can hold the keyboard on its side, I normally balance it on one of the narrow sides and blow through the keys. That removes a lot of stuff. You can also get one of the blower brushes that are used on cameras and do a combination of blowing and brushing. That removes a lot of stuff. If you have a photography/computer shop nearby you can also get aerosols of pressurised air which can be used to blow out the keyboard without damaging the keys.
post #8 of 22
hehe i do the same as cindy
post #9 of 22
That's a good idea - I have a little dog whose hair goes EVERYWHERE.
post #10 of 22
Eww, I just looked closely at my keyboard and it is time to remove a good layer of "keyboard plaque" - as I heard it called.

Cat hair, lint, cheese curl crumbs - and the mouse pad ain't much better!
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by gemlady
and the mouse pad ain't much better!
Optical mouse: it's the only way to go!

As for me, I'm typin' along like I'm on a whole new keyboard over here!
post #12 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deb25
Well, remember, I am in the Mac minority around here. On my keyboard, the letter part of each individual key just popped off when I pried it. Of course, I had to be careful to do a small section at a time, so I could remember which key went where. All in all, it was a worthwhile venture. There was also all sorts of crumbs and other yuckiness in there.
Smarter than I am. My kids spilled a cup of Kool-aid on my keyboard once and I took all the keys off and put them in order on a cookie sheet. That was fine till one of the boys came running through and knocked the sheet on the floor. I had to call Jon at work and have him read off the keys on his keyboard! I finally got it back together and it still didn't work
post #13 of 22
Silly question from me

How do I know if I can take off my keys and that they won't break? Next silly question, how do I get them off?


Hehe, now I want to do this so badly! I want a "small kitten" too
post #14 of 22
I just pop the keys off mine about once a month and clean it out with the can of air.
post #15 of 22
I just got a keyboard vacuum for christmas. I know it came from Wal Mart and was pretty cheap. I also have a lot of cat hair in my keyboard and the vacuum seem to get most of it out without taking the keys off.
post #16 of 22
Wow, I didn't know this was possible and thought it was going to be necessary to get a new keyboard due to the hair in there! Many of my letters take extra pressure to make them work, so I find I very frequently leave them out of words when typing quickly, also my shift is the same way, so frequently letters aren't capitalized when they should have been. This is quite a relief to learn, thank you!
post #17 of 22
My Mum is a computer hygenist - and she cleans computers, we have all sorts of solutions and cleaning brushes and boy is our keyboard & mouse clean!
post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deb25
Optical mouse: it's the only way to go!
I definately agree!
post #19 of 22
Would love an optical mouse - but my old computer has a serial port and it was hard enough finding a replacement back in August.
post #20 of 22
Ewwww. I just took all the keys off and cleaned it and was it *disgusting*!! Crumbs and cat hair. lol I had been thinking about doing this before but never had the patience. Then I read this post and really looked between the keys and knew I had to do it. lol Thanks! It's typing much better now.

BTW, does anyone know why the keys are set up this way and not in alphabetical order?
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
See? I wasn't the only one with crumb/cat hair souffle! The keyboard setup is for ease in typing, with the most commonly used letters being in the center of the board.
post #22 of 22
We HAD an optical mouse until the puppies chewed through the cord! They are too expensive to get a replacement one just yet.

As for our wireless keyboard [it came with a mouse too but that didn't seem to work ] I spilt my cereal and milk on it tonight! *duh*
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