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I was eating lasagna and it spilled all over the keyboard. This was about 2 weeks ago. However, now whenever I type something my fingers are lightly stained red. I usually just lick it off, but the sauce is getting old.

Any ideas of how I can remove the sauce from underneath the keys?

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"I usually just lick it off, but the sauce is getting old." What. –  Rein Henrichs May 5 '11 at 16:34
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Have a look here: superuser.com/questions/15609/… –  Kyle May 5 '11 at 16:36
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Apply pasta?... –  Bart May 5 '11 at 16:37
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This is the most disgusting thing I've ever read on SE. –  Rein Henrichs May 5 '11 at 16:43
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Do you own a dog? –  Mikhail May 5 '11 at 16:44

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If it is just a regular keyboard / no or little "extra" circuitry (e.g. high end gaming ones)... I would recommend either:

  1. Getting a new one
  2. Unplugging, using a garden hose and try to wash it... possibly take off keys and wash separately, then re assemble... only reconnect when dry.
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It would probably be best to just just get a new keyboard. They're pretty cheap.

I know you can remove the keys and clean underneath them, but I wouldn't recommend it. The one time I did that I removed about 3 keys and they all came falling off. I couldn't remember what keys went where and had a horrible time getting them back on. And even afterwards, they were always loose so I eventually got a new keyboard anyways. Perhaps it was the keyboard I had....

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Lol!! Well the keys can pop off, no matter if it is a desktop keyboard or laptop keyboard, so you can pop off the keys, clean them however you like, and clean underneath them with a damp cloth.

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Bad advice for a laptop - not all those key mechanisms are designed to reattach easily! –  Shinrai May 5 '11 at 16:49
    
@Shinrai, YES! All laptops have removeable keys, but most of them do not have re-attachable keys. :P –  AttackingHobo May 5 '11 at 19:12
    
Interesting, good to know. They seem like a challenge but I always thought you could get them back on. –  Jon May 5 '11 at 19:24
    
I have an HP laptop that is missing some keys, they were not working anyways so I ripped them off, literally tearing the material. There was no other way of removing them, I tried. Well other than taking the keyboard out in once piece. –  AttackingHobo May 13 '11 at 8:43