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How To Fix A Keyboard With Splash Damage – Keyboard First Aid
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If you have just knocked over a drink on your keyboard, you will be experiencing some frustration and a whole lot of mess to clean up. If you don’t want to end up with a keyboard that when you press delete it types an i, you need to follow these simple instructions as soon as possible.

The very first thing you must do is unplug your keyboard. If the electricals fry in your keyboard, there is no going back. Once unplugged, do what you can to drain the water out. I like to immediately turn it upside down to let it drain and to stop the liquid from further seeping in to the components.

Ideally, you should leave the keyboard unplugged and upside down until it is fully dry, which may take several days. A warm dry room is a suitable location for your keyboard to dry. Others have had success with an air-conditioned room or leaving the keyboard near a heater. Just be careful that it is not in any danger of melting.

If you need to you can remove the keys from the keyboard and dry them separately with an absorbent towel or cloth. Most keyboard keys will be easy enough to remove, they will just pop out with a little leverage. Make sure that your keyboard is meant to have its keys removed, there are some that aren’t, for example the metal Apple keyboard. While you have your keys out, you should take this opportunity to clean out some of the accumulated gunk that ends up in between those keys.

Hopefully, once you have removed and cleaned and dried all your keyboard keys, you can remember where they go. If not, you can search online for a picture of your keyboard easily enough. When you have all the keys in, I would leave it at least several hours, preferably days. Once you are absolutely certain that it is fully dried out, plug it in and test it out.

If the keyboard Firstaid works, congratulations! If not, you can try leaving it for a few weeks just to make sure that it was definitely dried out. Plenty of keyboards do not survive a spill, depending on how much and what kind of liquid they were doused in. If your keyboard has some functionality but is doing strange things it may recover in time, however the easiest option is to just get a new keyboard and try not to do it again!

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