So your keyboard keys for one reason or another. Maybe you spilled a drink on it, or you just like to eat and surf the web at the same time.

I had the misfortune of spilling some coffee on my keyboard about two years ago, and this method has kept my keys working smoothly  ever since. Cleaning your laptop is simple, but time consuming. Take your time and don’t force anything and you should have a perfectly functioning keyboard once more!

For any sticky situation, following these steps will make your keyboard work and feel like new.


If you just spilled something on your keyboard, shut your computer down as fast as you can. Your first order of business is to shut down your computer and remove the battery – as quickly as possible if you spilled liquid on it. Force shut down your computer by holding the power button until it turns off. Any data loss during this process should be minimal and less costly than any shorted-out hardware.


To give your laptop a thorough cleaning, you will need:

– A cup or container large enough to hold all the keys on your keyboard
– Rubbing alcohol
– Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
– Dish soap (without bleach) or some other mild detergent
– Paper towels
– Flathead screwdriver
– Towel

Most of these supplies are probably already sitting around your house or apartment, but I doubt you’ll spend over $10 if for some reason you need to purchase everything.


Soak up as much of any spilled liquid as you can with a paper towel or rag.  Make sure to get all surfaces of your computer, including the screen. 

It’s quite possible that you splashed liquid into every deep dark crevice of your computer during your spill.  Use your cotton swabs if necessary, but don’t worry about getting in between the keys, we’ll get to that soon.


Originally Alameda Typewriter, ABM COMPUTERS has served the entire San Francisco Bay Area with professional, first-rate IT support and computer sales from the same location since 1939. Building on decades of experience, along with a dedicated team, we continue to provide in-shop and on-site standout, services and comprehensive, affordable solutions for all your computing needs.

Posted on November 19, 2013, in Computer Advice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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