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Tips for getting latte or soda out of your keyboard?

Unfortunate incident at work today whereby, whilst laughing, I managed to elbow a mug of tea (one sugar!) on to my ThermalTake eSports Meka G1 keyboard. About a quarter of it "penetrated".

I turned it over then after a few minutes patted it dry. At first glance it appeared to work fine.

However, since coming back to it a few hours later, the "h" key now types "hn" and the "n" key now types "hn". Space bar is inconsistent and occasionally types a line return too.

I've read that you can actually wash keyboards. Should I do that? Simply dip it in a bowl of soapy water then let it dry out overnight?

Thanks in advance,

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    First, leave it long enough to dry. A couple of minutes is useless. – Xavierjazz Nov 8 '12 at 17:47
  • Little bit late for that now, @Xavierjazz, but thanks anyway :) – dunc Nov 8 '12 at 18:45
  • no way, you should put more coffee and cake on it! – Ярослав Рахматуллин Nov 9 '12 at 1:41

You're getting extra characters typed (among other things) because the water is still conducting electricity through the contacts under the keys.

Personally, I would open the keyboard and remove each layer of the device: keys (integrated or individual), the keyboard mold (top and bottom), contact sheet, and circuit board.

I would wash the mold, keys and contact sheet with dish soap to get any liquid/sugar off.

I'd also wipe down the circuit board with a wet cloth.

Let all the parts air dry completely before reassembling.

  • no problem. good luck. – sonjz Nov 8 '12 at 19:14
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    Just stressing one thing: Let all the parts air dry completely before reassembling. – Hennes Nov 8 '12 at 19:24
  • I'll do it over the weekend @Hennes. 24 hours in ~20c house should suffice yes? – dunc Nov 8 '12 at 22:16
  • In normal conditions and near the heating: probably more than long enough. If you live in the tropic during the monsoon (extra moist air): probably not. – Hennes Nov 8 '12 at 23:58

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