How do you clean a mechanical keyboard?

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by WChroma, Nov 8, 2016.

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  1. WChroma

    WChroma New Member

    I have a blackwidow chroma and have tried cleaning it as crumbs and hairs have gotten stuck inbetween the keys but i can never get them ou any ideas?
  2. Brisingr_Phoenix

    Brisingr_Phoenix Active Member

    There are plenty of tools out there that allow you to pull off the keys and use compressed gas to blow out all of that stuff
    razer even has one of these kits in their shop right now
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  3. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    Should you not have a keycap puller two rubber bands or two strings of dental floss placed on opposite sides of the keycap would allow you to pull it up vertically without prying it from the side and potentially damaging the switch.
  4. Jenjar

    Jenjar Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    My friend picks off the keys on his Blackwidow with some kind of old bank or pre-paid credit card, And then he uses compressed air to blow some of the stuff away on them.

    Im sure you can find other ways online to take the keys off if you do not want to pay for the kit razer makes, or if you don't have a card around.
  5. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    You can get a keycap puller for like a dollar on Ebay or Amazon.
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  6. compressed air, comes in a can which you spray into the keyboard/ at the keyboard
  7. RaptureHearts

    RaptureHearts Gamer Geek Girl

    You can check on our FAQ page of how to clean your Razer BlackWidow Chroma.

    "If you wish to clean under the key caps, Razer suggests holding the unit upside down and/or using compressed air from a can. We do not recommend removing the keycaps from your mechanical switches. The overall finish can be cleaned with wipes generally used for cleaning your computer monitor or sunglasses. Please ensure that the surface is free of large dust particles or debris before wiping the surface with any product. Wiping debris into the surface can lead to minor scratches on the surface of the unit. We suggest unplugging the device from your computer before cleaning. IMPORTANT NOTE: Under no circumstances should you ever submerge the keyboard in any type of liquid. Submerging the keyboard in any liquid will void the warranty on your keyboard."
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  8. SiNN94

    SiNN94 Active Member

    My friend used the toolkit from Razer to open the keycaps and use blower to clean it.
    However, like the post above, they do not recommend us to remove the keycaps.
  9. Neco2510

    Neco2510 Member

    Odd, they do not recommend removing keycaps, yet sell metallic keycaps for the bw.... how are you supposed to change them?
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  10. SiNN94

    SiNN94 Active Member

    yea... And there are many other keycaps sold out there.
    Wonder what is the reason..
  11. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    Just clean it in the dishwasher then dry it in the microwave...
    Hold it outside your house and spray it with compressed air. If there are stains just use a microfiber cloth with a little alcohol...
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  12. Overtask

    Overtask Well-Known Member

    You forgot the crucial step of baking it in the oven for 10 minutes to seal in the freshness
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  13. Adlies

    Adlies Member

    I recommend getting tools to actually lift up the keys and clean the inside and also using a compressed air to clean up dust or anything underneath it in holes and such
  14. WChroma

    WChroma New Member

    Thanks for all your help
  15. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    It's a straightforward task that you should get into the habit of doing for your mechanical keyboard periodically. Follow these 5 steps.

    1. Remove all keycaps. Use a wire keycap puller, your fingers, credit card, plastic keycap puller (from most to least preferred). Be careful with the big keys as they have stabilizer bars underneath.

    2. Shake out all the hair, debris, and dead skin. Use a strong stream of air to blast it. Use a brush to remove more stubborn particles.

    3. Clean all keycaps with mild solution. Dish soap is fine if you don't have anything more professional.

    4. While the above is drying, clean keyboard case with a mild cleaning solution and microfiber towel.

    5. Dry keycaps. Blast board with air one final time. Put the keycaps back onto the switches.

    Rules to follow:
    1. Don't eat/drink around your gear.
    2. Position keyboard in front of you on the desk, far away from your body.
    3. Do not use one of those pull-out trays that some desks have.

    Follow these steps and rules to preserve your keyboard. I'll be expecting a thank you letter from the grandson you pass it on to 50 years later. Peace :v:
  16. KakashiSharingan

    KakashiSharingan Active Member

    Took a month to check the replies? wow... lol
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