Keyboard question

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Pasta88, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Pasta88

    Pasta88 MDL Addicted

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    Stupid question time guys, I heard it is ok to wash a keyboard inside a dishwasher, what about a washing machine? has anyone tried it or heard of someone doing this?

    Do you guys think it would be safe to do so?

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  2. ancestor(v)

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    Bad idea. I explain why.

    You couldn't get an electric shock but you could render your keyboard unfunctionally bzw. malfunctioning. There are circuits that represent every key. If you press a key, the circuit gets closed. Basically, there is a circuit board and some plastic foil etc: circuit board, then some kind of foil, then the rubber parts and clips for the keys.
    Moisture can easily get between and stay there, causing short circuits etc.

    When I wanted to clean a Logitech keyboard of mine, I removed every key and fully disassembled it (using a kitchen knife and some screwdriver - not difficult but you have to take care not to rip off some cables or whatsoever).
    Then it was possible to wash all keys and all plastic parts - but not the electronic parts themselves (which isn't necessary usually).
    This isn't possible with all keyboards. If it's an expensive one I'd give it a try. If not - try anyways, but if it doesn't seem to work, throw it away. Too much work. I know because I did this twice :rolleyes:
     
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  3. alextheg

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    Come on....... I thought everybody knew that the old electricity and water combo did not work out well. :rolleyes: :D ;)
     
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  4. Pasta88

    Pasta88 MDL Addicted

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    One could let it dry completely, no?
     
  5. ancestor(v)

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    If there is water between some parts, it would take months to dry (if it evaporates at all) and the parts would be corroded. Especially, when cleaning agents like in a dish washer or washing machine are used...
     
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  6. alextheg

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    Personally i use a hoover with a dusting attacthment to clean my keyboard but if you really want to be thorouogh then try using a can of compressed air. Availiable from good electronics stores or ebay.
     
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  7. jerry.p009

    jerry.p009 MDL Novice

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    lolz what a silly quetion and why u asked this? :D ok if u wish to know how what will be happened then must try it once in your washing machine :D
     
  8. Hoppyah

    Hoppyah MDL Senior Member

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    I think he means you remove the electrical circuit first.:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  9. vladxed666

    vladxed666 MDL Senior Member

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    Out of curiosity I tried it with an old IBM pc...
    After Washing the Keyboard Went insane (lights were blinking like christmas lights and random keys after a couple of mins the keyboard is dead... and so is the PS/2 Port :)
     
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  10. Pooh the Pirate

    Pooh the Pirate MDL Junior Member

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    This is why you never waste money on expensive keyboards, with cheap ones you throw it out and get new one. If you did get a more expensive one then you can afford canned air right ? I would love to see a G15 keyboard in the washer, the lcd would love it :D
     
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