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Old 02-20-2012, 03:14 PM
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Default I spilled some cider on my K90 :(

Hi all,

It happened - after using my K90 only for a month I managed to spill some cider on it.

It happened yesterday morning but I couldn't really react upon it until now.
What I have done is I disconnected the keyboard, let it dry.

Today I removed all key caps, tried to open it (succeeded only partly, after removing all screw the keyboard won't fully "open", something keeps it closed around media keys and F keys) and blew some hot air. Now I am waiting for it to dry.

Now what is wrong: 2 keys feel jammed, and half of the keys react crazy. For instance if I press Shift the computer registers "A8" or another crazy string.

Please advice what to do. Such an awesome and expensive keyboard - don't wanna loose it :(

P.s. The backlighting works fine on all 3 levels.

Thanks in advance for helping me.
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Sorry, you shouldn't have let it dry with a sticky sweet liquid...

This may still work - it would be better to do this right off the bat - but take it to your tub or shower area and spray with denatured alcohol or better yet, contact cleaner. Let it run freely out into the tub, occasionally pressing your keys to get it into the mechanism, spray again. Turn it upside down every so often to let the excess drip into the tub.

Repeat a few times and then lay upside down on an old towel to let it drain.

Contact cleaner should be safe, it's designed for use on electrical equipment. If you can only find denatured (rubbing) alcohol, get the highest percentage you can find (better to get 99% alcohol than 91%) - it's available at most grocery stores in the pharmacy/cosmetics area. The alcohol isn't sold in an aerosol form, so if you can - pour it into a simple mister-style plastic pump bottle for best results. Failing that you should be able to actually pour it directly onto the keyboard, swish it around a little, and then turn it upside down. Alcohol is cheap - usually less than a dollar a bottle. Contact cleaner can be found at good electronics retailers, or possibly at a hardware store.

It will dissolve the cider, but will possibly take multiple attempts now that it has dried. When the key action seems to be smooth - I'd take it outside and let it dry completely exposed to sunlight.

HTH!


BTW - I've done this on keyboards in the past that others had spilled coffee or coke on, and it worked great.

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Old 02-21-2012, 05:10 AM
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Sorry, you shouldn't have let it dry with a sticky sweet liquid...

This may still work - it would be better to do this right off the bat - but take it to your tub or shower area and spray with denatured alcohol or better yet, contact cleaner. Let it run freely out into the tub, occasionally pressing your keys to get it into the mechanism, spray again. Turn it upside down every so often to let the excess drip into the tub.

Repeat a few times and then lay upside down on an old towel to let it drain.

Contact cleaner should be safe, it's designed for use on electrical equipment. If you can only find denatured (rubbing) alcohol, get the highest percentage you can find (better to get 99% alcohol than 91%) - it's available at most grocery stores in the pharmacy/cosmetics area. The alcohol isn't sold in an aerosol form, so if you can - pour it into a simple mister-style plastic pump bottle for best results. Failing that you should be able to actually pour it directly onto the keyboard, swish it around a little, and then turn it upside down. Alcohol is cheap - usually less than a dollar a bottle. Contact cleaner can be found at good electronics retailers, or possibly at a hardware store.

It will dissolve the cider, but will possibly take multiple attempts now that it has dried. When the key action seems to be smooth - I'd take it outside and let it dry completely exposed to sunlight.

HTH!


BTW - I've done this on keyboards in the past that others had spilled coffee or coke on, and it worked great.
Wow, thanks a thousand stratosrally! In one hour I will go for some shopping and try to find contact cleaner. Awesome and detailed guidelines, will follow them step by step.

Will keep you updated with the status when trying the above. Logitech G510 feels so awkward after using mechanical keyboard -_-
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Keep us updated if this works.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:23 PM
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Done this many times befor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLBXxzmuA_Q


but start with (rubbing) alcohol like already pasted not your type :-)

then you can take the tops off the cherry switches and you a cotten whool bud to clean the insides.

And the song in the vid just puts a on your face.

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:13 PM
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Thank you all for the good advises.

So the only thing I could find nearby where I live was denaturated alcohol. I sprayed it all over the keys pushing them down from time to time. Hope it works.

Now my K90 dries on a towel on a shelf. Any ideas to how long shall I wait until plugging it in again?
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I have not done this on a keyboard, but i have put cell phones in bags of rice before to soak up the liquid. I would suggest letting it dry for at least 3 days.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:21 PM
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Ok guys, here is an update from me:

I have waited 4 days so I think it has got enough time to dry now.
I reconnected the keyboard, and some keys actually got fixed. But not all of them:(

I also noticed that few keys (the one affected the most) became extremely sticky and almost impossible to use. But I will take care of that if I will get all the keys to work in the first place.

As I mentioned before I didn't succeed with fully opening the keyboard so I wrote a latter to Technical Support. Well in short they told me they don't know how to open it/ they are not allowed.

I have nothing to lose so I have bathed my K90 in distilled water and I will wait another couple of days to see if it will help.

I will keep you updated, keeping my fingers crossed.
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:01 AM
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Good news guys!

Wow, the keyboard is fully functional now:) I can't believe it but it works!
I am so happy I don't have to buy a new keyboard.

Still couple of switches are pretty sticky when I tried them out today. However when I installed key caps all of the "sticky" keys seem to be responsive.

Is it something I should worry about? What can I do to make all of the keys smooth again? Surprisingly the keys that are sticky now are not the one affected by the cider...

Thanks again for all you tips. I think this thread should be featured, I believe I won't be the only one who will spill something on the keyboard -_-
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Great! I'm glad your keyboard is back up and running!
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Hello,

I spilled water on my k90 keyboard last night, i cleaned the keyboard immediately but when i tired using it, it wasn't functioning properly. Later i unplugged it, removed the keys and let it dry for entire night. When i plugged it again in the morning, it was behaving the same as night, i put it in sunlight and tried again it din't work properly. I, then used blow dryer and then again plugged it in, it behaving same.. few keys are working and few keys are acting crazy, then are typing random letters, what do i do? please help.. i can't afford to buy another new one :(
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There isn't a lot of options. You can try drying it again to see if it helps or reflash the firmware.
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hi, i had a similar problem with my k90 keyboard i accidently spill some coke on it and now a few of the keys have become very sticky and kinda annoying to use.
i was just wondering is that any way to clean it or take it apart so i can clean under the actual red stick ?
or any other method would be great
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This post has a disclaimer - it has worked for me multiple times in the past, even on backlit keyboards, but continue at your own risk. I highly doubt a sticky spill is covered by any warranty, so I say go for it.

It seems the most highly regarded liquid to use for cleaning after a spill is distilled water. That being said, I've used clear rubbing alcohol of at least 89% purity with great success. I currently always make sure that I'm stocked up on at least two 16oz bottles of 99% that is carried even at my local chain grocery store - it's stupid cheap - less than $1 per bottle. I use it to clean all sorts of stuff - trying to test it first before going nuts on everything.

In my opinion the alcohol dissolves more than the water does, but it hasn't been so strong that it ruins anything I have tried it on. I stress that this has only been my experience. The keyboards I used it on in the past were all non-mechanical (although some were backlit) until...



... OK, I myself have the K60 - which is simpler in design because it lacks LEDs, but I finally spilled NOS energy drink (too twitchy from caffeine?) all over it. I quickly rinsed it in 99% rubbing alcohol, blasted it with my Metro Data-Vac and then laid it facedown on a towel for a while. Then I took it out to my patio and propped it up on one end for a few hours - and finally switched which end it was propped up on. BTW - I removed all my keycaps during the process, rinsed it very thoroughly (lots of sloshing side-to-side), and I didn't use it for a couple days total after I was done - it went back face down on a thick towel at the end for another day or so. Also, I firmly slapped it face down on the towel several times holding it from alternating ends to really agitate the key action - and while rinsing I made sure and depressed each key a few times for full penetration of the alcohol.

Works fine now. I do have 2 of the K60 - I used the other while waiting for the first to recover! I still can't believe after years of not spilling on a keyboard I finally did it again. There was a lot of cussin' going on...

Everything is at you own risk - but as these keyboards were not designed to be disassembled, speed is of the utmost importance. Any drink other than water will leave behind residue that can foul up your key action or cause other problems. You simply must act fast! If you don't have 90%+ alcohol like I did, water is all that you have left as a choice - the more pure the better, although tap water will do in a pinch. Especially if you can then run to the drugstore and grab a cheap bottle of rubbing alcohol and chase the water out with it.


More keyboard cleaning tips can be found here:

http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/me...e#post_6025354

I hope this helps.

I personally think if the sticky keys are a huge issue for you, I'd find the time to redo the cleaning job with either distilled water or rubbing alcohol. The longer it sits, the harder it is to dissolve the residue from a sticky spill.

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:11 AM
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Should i just open the keyboard and clean it and let it dry in sunlight? do you guys think this will work? my only concern is that i'll loose my warranty by doing this but do you guys think its worth the shot?
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