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Offline OnTheBrink

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Cleaning White Keycaps Trick!
« on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 13:19:31 »
Sorry if someone discovered this before me but I discovered a really good way to clean white PBT keycaps .

The Magic Eraser!

Check out the difference in this photo. I couldnít get the black scuff and stains off but it came off with ease using the Magic Eraser:

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Re: Cleaning White Keycaps Trick!
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 07 September 2019, 14:11:29 »
ultrasonic cleaning works too, with ink and graphite

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Re: Cleaning White Keycaps Trick!
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 22:04:44 »
That requires a lot of effort.

And you'd have to repeat it for 84+ tiny pieces of plastic.

I've found that soaking in warm water with a couple of denture tabs works well, and I can give them a quick scrub with a toothbrush when taking them out, in case there is any ingrained dirt.
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Re: Cleaning White Keycaps Trick!
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 08 September 2019, 22:31:49 »
That requires a lot of effort.

And you'd have to repeat it for 84+ tiny pieces of plastic.

I've found that soaking in warm water with a couple of denture tabs works well, and I can give them a quick scrub with a toothbrush when taking them out, in case there is any ingrained dirt.

Denture tabs or bust.

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Re: Cleaning White Keycaps Trick!
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 09 September 2019, 16:25:57 »
That requires a lot of effort.

And you'd have to repeat it for 84+ tiny pieces of plastic.

I've found that soaking in warm water with a couple of denture tabs works well, and I can give them a quick scrub with a toothbrush when taking them out, in case there is any ingrained dirt.

Unless I'm missing something (not being rude), it seems like your method takes more time tbh. I literally just took each key and swiped with the barely moist magic eraser once or twice and the dirt was gone. Took me like 20-30 mins to do 70 keys.
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Re: Cleaning White Keycaps Trick!
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 15 September 2019, 22:07:07 »
That requires a lot of effort.

And you'd have to repeat it for 84+ tiny pieces of plastic.

I've found that soaking in warm water with a couple of denture tabs works well, and I can give them a quick scrub with a toothbrush when taking them out, in case there is any ingrained dirt.

Unless I'm missing something (not being rude), it seems like your method takes more time tbh. I literally just took each key and swiped with the barely moist magic eraser once or twice and the dirt was gone. Took me like 20-30 mins to do 70 keys.

Do yours end up smelling minty fresh?

Mine do :D

I only scrub the really bad ones, thinking of those two Model M keyboards I got a while back, one was really dirty.

Usually I spread the keycaps out on a sheet of newspaper to dry while I am cleaning the rest of the keyboard.

Doesn't take much time at all.

And, more importantly, not much effort.
"Because keyboards are accessories to PC makers, they focus on minimizing the manufacturing costs. But thatís incorrect. Itís in HHKBís slogan, but when Americaís cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse was a consumable good, but the saddle was an interface that their bodies had gotten used to. In the same vein, PCs are consumable goods, while keyboards are important interfaces." - Eiiti Wada

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