Deep cleaning is relatively complicated and takes a lot of time and energy. The following is a deep cleaning divided into 8 steps:
1. Preparation before cleaning
Before cleaning, we need to prepare the tools needed to clean and disassemble the keyboard: keycap puller, screwdriver, cleaner, basin, cotton swab, alcohol, brush, fiber cloth
2. Disconnect the power supply
Before cleaning the mechanical keyboard, we need to make sure that the keyboard is powered off. If it’s a wired connection, unplug the keyboard’s USB connector, if it’s a wireless connection, remove the battery or power it off with a switch.
3. Take a picture before removing the keycap
A full-size keyboard has a total of 104 or 108 keys, and 60% of the keyboards also have at least 61 keys. Therefore, it is best to take a photo of the keyboard before removing the keycap, so as not to find the corresponding keys when installing the restored keycap Location. I have experienced this situation before. I removed and cleaned all the keycaps and restored them, but I didn’t know which key was at the root. I had to find a similar keyboard picture on the Internet to compare the reset.
4. Use the keycap puller to remove all keycaps
Just insert the key puller into the slot between the keycaps, and then pull it out. However, when pulling out a large key such as the space bar, you need to pay attention to it. You need to pull it out with appropriate force at the center position. There is usually a balance bar under the large key. Excessive force may cause damage to the feel of the key.
5. Clean the keycaps
Put all the removed keycaps into a basin with warm water, and the water level should not be too high to prevent loss in the subsequent cleaning process. You can add cleaning products such as soap or dish soap to warm water, which will have a better cleaning effect. Next, let the keycaps sit in soapy water for 2-3 hours, then wipe each key once with a brush or fiber cloth, then use a basin of clean water to clear the keycaps twice, wipe with a towel and wait for the keycaps to dry completely.
6. Remove the keyboard cover
Use a screwdriver to remove the screws connecting the keyboard shells, then insert your fingernails into the gaps of the shells to separate the upper and lower shells with a little force (there may be a buckle when separating the dollar and the dollar, try to push left and right or find the buckle), put The case is washed with soapy water and then rinsed with clean water, allowing it to dry completely.
The keyboard motherboard can be treated with tools such as a brush or a hair dryer. If it is dirty, you can use a wet paper towel dipped in alcohol to slowly wipe the gap, and finally dry it with a hair dryer.
7. Install the keyboard cover
After the keyboard motherboard and shell are clean and completely dry, align the holes and tighten the screws one by one.
8. Install the keycap to restore the keyboard
Compare the fully dried keycaps to the photos taken before and install the keycaps in sequence until they are fully restored.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How often should you clean your mechanical keyboard?
Our recommendation is to clean and sanitize the keyboard once a week to prevent the growth of large numbers of bacteria. This is also the frequency of cleaning that many microbiologists agree on. It is recommended to mix an equal amount of water and alcohol into a wiping solution, and use a wet wipe, cotton swab or fiber cloth to clean the gap between the keyboard surface and the keycap.
If it is a very deep cleaning to remove the keycap and the shaft, it is recommended to depend on the frequency of use and protection measures. If it is used normally, it is recommended to perform deep cleaning every 1-3 months. If protective measures such as dust covers are used when idle, it can be deep cleaned every six months.
2. Can I use alcohol wipes to clean my mechanical keyboard?
Yes, of course. Use alcohol wipes to clean mechanical keyboard is a recommended method, which can not only clean the stains on the keyboard surface, but also achieve the effect of sterilization and disinfection.
3. Can I wash my mechanical keyboard with water?
We generally do not recommend rinsing the keyboard directly with water. Usually, the waterproof of mechanical keyboard can only be splash-proof, but not completely waterproof. Therefore, if you want to clean the mechanical keyboard with water, you can only use a fiber cloth to stick a little water to wipe it carefully. After cleaning, the keycap should be completely dried before installing it back to prevent water from immersing in the circuit board and damaging the mechanical keyboard.
Of course, a better suggestion is to mix water and alcohol in proportion as a cleaning material, which can better achieve the effect of disinfection and sterilization.
4. How do you clean a mechanical keyboard without taking the keys off?
If you want to clean your mechanical keyboard without removing the keys, use the 6 methods in this article on light cleaning methods. Including causing shaking of your keyboard, using a brush, keyboard cleaning, hair dryer, keyboard vacuum, etc., combined with alcohol and wipes, can achieve a general cleaning effect.
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