For the past three years, I’ve been happily using a Microsoft Natural Multimedia keyboard for my Windows desktop. It’s got an split, ergonomic keyboard and handy buttons for controlling volume and the like (though, the play button gets confused between iTunes and the evil Windows Media Player).
Last week, I spilt a third of a can of root beer on my keyboard (Barq’s does indeed have more bite). It handled it pretty well, except that my semi-colon key is very sticky. That is, it’s difficult to depress and doesn’t jump right back up after I remove my finger.
Any suggestions on how I can fix this? Can I pop the key off, clean underneath it and replace the key? It’s not going to break the bank to get a new keyboard, but there’s nothing else wrong with this one.
I was reminded to write about this because I read about Tod’s better experience (URL fixed) with Pepsi and a PowerBook. He’s since joined the cult of Apple permanently–would someone please send him a rainbow robe?
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for their excellent advice. Despite Travis’s admirable invention, I used my Swiss Army knife’s screwdriver to pop the keys off and some rubbing alcohol and q-tips for the cleaning. What I found under the keys was pretty repulsive–given all the organic material, I could have built a whole other human. Thank godness I pulled a gross amount of hair out from between the keys about six months ago.
My semi-colon is unstuck, though, and that was the whole point of the exercise. Look: ;;;;;;;.
As for my Coke addiction, I’ve managed to slow down somewhat on the Coke and diversify. Some days it’s fruit juice, some days it’s rootbeer, etc.
UPDATE #2: Here’s some further advice about putting your keyboard through the dishwasher.