My daughter tends to eat her after school snacks over the computer keyboard which often leaves a mess for Mom to clean up. Things like spilled crumbs are easy to dust away with a can of pressurized air. But, when the food spill is sticky hot chocolate, yogurt or a drippy ice cream, the food oozes over and down between the keys. When this happens, the hardening food can cause two or more of the computer keys to stick together, making it impossible to use the keyboard.
Unlike the old fashioned typewriters that many of us grew up on, computer keys are much easier to clean. Here’s how I managed to remove a sticky hot cocoa spill from my computer keyboard without any worse for the wear:
Cool, soapy water in a small bowl
Soft dry rag
1. Gently pry up the sticky keys with the fingernail file. Take note of where they were removed so you can return them to the proper location.
2. Swish the keys gently in the cool soapy water. Use your fingers to carefully remove the food particles which have attached to the keys.
3. Rinse in clear water.
4. Carefully pat dry and set aside to air dry thoroughly.
5. Dip the Q-tip into soapy water, blot excess water from the cotton tip. Use the dampened Q-tip to carefully clean the exposed areas of sticky food particles. Dry gently with a second Q-tip.
6. Once the panel and the keys have air dried, snap the keys back into place.