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Geek Tip: Keyboard Spill Solutions

Last week I overheard a co-worker saying she had an incident with her cuppa Joe and keyboard. The first thing I thought was, phew - glad that hasn't happened to me! Sure enough, I was enjoying my morning tea the next day and with a quick clumsy move (blame it on the geekiness), my tea tipped over. When I realized what was happening, the me-oh-my kicked in and I was able to grab the cup before it spilled everywhere. If you ever find yourself in this situation (knock on hard wood you don't), here are some tips to help you save your keyboard (or laptop)!

  • Unplug the keyboard immediately and turn it over so that the keyboard can drain and dry out for at least a day.
  • Remove the small key 'caps off' with a screwdriver (don't remove any of the larger keys).
  • Clean the keyboard with a wet cotton swab and put the keys back to their original spots.
  • Plug back in when you are absolutely sure things have dried off. And fingers-crossed, your keyboard will be back in tip-top shape!

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effd4life effd4life 7 years
"I'm OCD about drinks near my laptop. They have to be at least a foot away from my laptop, and I use two hands when drinking. The other day I pulled out my laptop during lunch when I forgot to send an important email and my friend passed someone a water bottle over my laptop. I totally flipped." That made me LOL. I've spilled tea or coffee on my PC keyboards at least 5 times. As for my laptop; I keep any and all drinks completely away from it. I'd prefer if they weren't even in the same room. And I keep them away from my PC tower as well since it sits on the floor next to my desk. But I still keep spilling sh*t on my KB. It's ridiculous. lol
1stharbinger 1stharbinger 10 years
I'm OCD about drinks near my laptop. They have to be at least a foot away from my laptop, and I use two hands when drinking. The other day I pulled out my laptop during lunch when I forgot to send an important email and my friend passed someone a water bottle over my laptop. I totally flipped.
junebrug junebrug 10 years
I could have used this information two days ago. :(
kneesocks kneesocks 10 years
i could have used these tips 9 months ago when i knocked over some sticky drink onto my keyboard. the r key still sticks.
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
hands down the most useful ever. my brothers can get really clumsy with the keyboard.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 10 years
My roommate in college used to spill lemonade on her keyboard on a monthly basis! It was almost like a running joke with her, but the poor girl could never own a laptop!
Ashlyn-Rose Ashlyn-Rose 10 years
I could have used these tips about 6 months ago, when a glass of iced tea claimed the life of my laptop.
pamekayechiodo pamekayechiodo 10 years
Sorry, I didn't mean for that to post three times
pamekayechiodo pamekayechiodo 10 years
I actually read in an issue of Wired magazine, that if your keyboard was a wireless one, then it was safe to put it in the dishwasher! I must admit, I haven't tried it yet, but if someone actually does, let me know how that works out for ya! :)
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I have not had a spill on my keyboard yet, but I am guilty of having crumbs in my keyboard. (bad girl that eats at her desk)
Beanalby Beanalby 10 years
It should be noted that this solution works well for water, but not for something that tends to leave a greasy residue like, say, ramen noodles (yep, freshman year of college). For more serious spills, I've found that some keyboards can be unscrewed and completely washed (except for the electronics). After ample drying time, keyboard was working again! A lot of keyboards are soldered together in stupid ways, though, so it might not be an option for everyone.
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