How To Save Your Keyboard After A Spill

If you’ve used a computer for any significant amount of time, you’ve probably facepalmed after spilling some potentially sticky substance into the recesses of your keyboard. (If you haven’t, your day will come.) Here’s how to save your keyboard after that spill.

As I was finishing up work last night, I accidentally knocked a half-full glass of Diet Coke over and got some in my keyboard. Argh! I shook it out and went on my way, but then this morning 7′s and 8′s were mysteriously inserting themselves into words, and the spacebar was only working intermittently.

A spill doesn’t necessarily mean keyboard death, but resuscitation can take some elbow grease. Unplug the keyboard (or for wireless models, remove the batteries), break out the screwdriver, and take that baby apart. It can take some time; with my compressed air handy, this is a great time to blow out any dust, too.

When all the parts are as dry as a bone, carefully reassemble them. All’s well for me now; I’m typing this very post on the keyboard. Here are some photos of my keyboard’s innards from this morning’s clean-up.

How to Save Your Keyboard After a Spill [Smarterware]