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Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 07:10:10 »





I don't even want to type on them.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 07:18:20 »
It bothers me a lot, I pretty much stopped using my cherry dyesubs because of it. I was cleaning my hands hourly when typing on them and still felt like I was "ruinning" them. I feel better typing on less rare keysets.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 07:18:53 »
Hell yeah. I tried to clean them with microfibers while I'm putting them on. And anytime I see some dirt on it while I'm not typing I always try to blow it away with air compressor.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 08:07:17 »
Yes, but SA profile doubleshots don't get dirty.  :D  :thumb:

My blank white Keycool PBT's on my DIY board do, though, and it's depressing (also my Model M dyesubs, but slower). It's a combination of the material and texture. Every few months or so I have to take them off and wash them.

The solution is smooth ABS caps :)
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 08:43:31 »
Who wouldn't be bothered! I semi constantly clean my blank white caps on my HHKB. The boards looks so good when they clean and so grimy when they not :( Any one got any tips for quick cleaning? I took them all off the other day and thoroughly cleaned them with a toothbrush and some clean green and water and they were looking grimy again within a week  :'( I use it all day at work so makes sense but still...

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 09:11:45 »
It bothers me a lot, I pretty much stopped using my cherry dyesubs because of it. I was cleaning my hands hourly when typing on them and still felt like I was "ruinning" them. I feel better typing on less rare keysets.

Do they get dirty that easily? >.< but I agree, if I had a set of caps like that I would be much more careful...

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 09:46:13 »
ya'll are some savages.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 10:30:00 »
I'd take a picture of my Filco w/ reds cause that's a NASTY board

but most of my other boards are pretty clean
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 10:33:54 »
Throw them out and buy new ones, ffs.
My wife I a also push her button . But now she have her button push by a different men. So I buy a keyboard a mechanicale, she a reliable like a Fiat.

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« Reply #9 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 10:35:02 »
Throw them out and buy new ones, ffs.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 11:13:42 »
My only dream in life has ever been to have a fresh pair of socks for every day of my life. I know it is extremely wasteful, but damn does it feel good.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 11:16:18 »
My only dream in life has ever been to have a fresh pair of socks for every day of my life. I know it is extremely wasteful, but damn does it feel good.

Your avatar has no socks.  LIAR
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 13:03:25 »
I have to wipe every spot/dirt on every keycap make sure they're 100% clean, cos I love them all  :D

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 13:08:12 »
Yeah i just recently got white pbt again and forgot how dirty they get. sometimes I get blood on my caps which is annoying (bad habit biting fingers)
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 13:16:19 »
Yes, I hate when they get dirty, that's why I hate "Classic Beige" so much amd bright coloured caps in general.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 14:45:36 »
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 15:15:10 »
So long as I can't feel the dirt when I type, it doesn't bother me one bit.

My hands are rarely clean enough for some of you beat freaks.  With my job, I can come home from work, wash my hands with fast orange, shower every day, do the dishes every other day, and they will still be dirty for 4 or 5 days depending on the job.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 15:15:48 »
I like to clean my caps once every 6 months at least

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 15:18:11 »
I never noticed how quickly caps got dirty until I started using white caps on my Ducky Shine 3. The OCD I get when seeing dirt or a hair is ridiculous.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 20:58:47 »
I don't tend to notice as it's a gradual process.

When they get too dirty, I just swap them out and/or soak them in denture tabs for a while.

Plus I tend to notice layers of dust over everything in general first.
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« Reply #20 on: Wed, 21 October 2015, 21:15:15 »
Dust drives me crazy too. The worst is the shine from your finger oils on grey caps. Hackd by Geeks is a prime example of this. :/ I dry my hands out washing them so much to prevent it.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 22 October 2015, 01:38:00 »
Not really. it happens over time so the gradiated dirt buildup is imperceptible unless you actually wash your keys.
I swear my Dolch set is about 2 shades darker than when I first put them on.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 23 October 2015, 21:12:26 »
I started just typing on dirty boards, so they look cleaner as the dirt wears off!  :))

I guess if dirt is getting really bad, one could wear latex/nitrile gloves before typing.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 23 October 2015, 21:30:02 »
Yes, but SA profile doubleshots don't get dirty.  :D :thumb:

My blank white Keycool PBT's on my DIY board do, though, and it's depressing (also my Model M dyesubs, but slower). It's a combination of the material and texture. Every few months or so I have to take them off and wash them.

The solution is smooth ABS caps :)

+1, Texture and material make a set almost maintenance free, in my experience, OG ABS DS Cherry makes the best self cleaning typing surface. PBT seems to be a dirt magnet, it is worst if it has a rough finish.

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« Reply #24 on: Sat, 24 October 2015, 08:01:14 »
Hell yeah. I tried to clean them with microfibers while I'm putting them on. And anytime I see some dirt on it while I'm not typing I always try to blow it away with air compressor.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 24 October 2015, 18:15:16 »
Denture tab cleanser will get those dirty suckers shiny once again.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 24 October 2015, 18:47:17 »
Since I don't look at my keyboard, I typically don't notice until a 'u' of dirt shows up on the keys. Then I either spend all day scraping it off (laptop keyboard), or pop the keys off to soak for a bit. It doesn't bother me until I can notice it though, at which point I can't stop noticing it.
  
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 24 October 2015, 23:20:18 »
Denture tab cleanser will get those dirty suckers shiny once again.
Is this the best method to use? 

The one time I've cleaned our original M, we took off the keycaps and just used toothpaste and a toothbrush followed by a nice rinse and then towel dry.  I think this was paste without all the harsh stuff in it like today though--it was at least 20 years ago.


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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #28 on: Sat, 24 October 2015, 23:26:01 »
I have a set of PBT keycaps that need a wash but im really scared if I wash them ill ruin them, any tips?  :-X

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« Reply #29 on: Sat, 24 October 2015, 23:28:17 »
I have a set of PBT keycaps that need a wash but im really scared if I wash them ill ruin them, any tips?  :-X

Why do you think a wash may ruin PBT stuff?

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« Reply #30 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 00:08:33 »
I have a set of PBT keycaps that need a wash but im really scared if I wash them ill ruin them, any tips?  :-X

Soak them in denture tabs for a while.  Doesn't harm them at all, and they come out smelling minty fresh :)
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #31 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 00:09:19 »
I have a set of PBT keycaps that need a wash but im really scared if I wash them ill ruin them, any tips?  :-X

Soak them in denture tabs for a while.  Doesn't harm them at all, and they come out smelling minty fresh :)

I use an ultrasonic cleaner, but denture tabs are awesome too.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #32 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 16:24:45 »
I hate the anti-microbial finish on my Tai-Haos as they aren't really dirty, but as the finish wears off the pbt it almost causes a grimy look, need to soak em in alcohol and scrub em clean of the crap lol

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #33 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 16:52:23 »
I hate the anti-microbial finish on my Tai-Haos as they aren't really dirty, but as the finish wears off the pbt it almost causes a grimy look, need to soak em in alcohol and scrub em clean of the crap lol

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #34 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 17:15:05 »
I hate the anti-microbial finish on my Tai-Haos as they aren't really dirty, but as the finish wears off the pbt it almost causes a grimy look, need to soak em in alcohol and scrub em clean of the crap lol

I have some Tai Hao caps too and I scratched that layer off when I accidently thought the cap was dirty (go figure).

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #35 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 17:32:58 »
I hate the anti-microbial finish on my Tai-Haos as they aren't really dirty, but as the finish wears off the pbt it almost causes a grimy look, need to soak em in alcohol and scrub em clean of the crap lol

I have some Tai Hao caps too and I scratched that layer off when I accidently thought the cap was dirty (go figure).

Anyone know how to get rid of the scratch marks?

It won't get rid of the scratch marks, but it will get rid of the coating entirely https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/3ik3jz/guide_how_to_remove_taihaos_nano_antibiosis/

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #36 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:08:35 »
omg, they put that stuff on keycaps too?  Ferrari and Porsche interior are notorious for that stuff flaking off after a couple of years, but this is on the dash where you're not mashing on it day after day.

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« Reply #37 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:17:35 »
I just wipe down periodically.

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« Reply #38 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:19:23 »
omg, they put that stuff on keycaps too?  Ferrari and Porsche interior are notorious for that stuff flaking off after a couple of years, but this is on the dash where you're not mashing on it day after day.
Surprisingly, the parts of my keys where it has worn off from look brighter by comparison to the keys that aren't used as frequently, so apparently it dulls the colors slightly, that or my fingers are just making the finish grimy and the pbt underneath is more resistant to the effect.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #39 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:32:59 »
I have a tendency of resting my right thumb against the space bar sometimes - just took off my caps for cleaning today and wasn't expecting this....


Edit: I'm so sorry GMK  :'( :'( :'(

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« Last Edit: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:37:44 by swimmingbird »

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #40 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:47:58 »
I have a tendency of resting my right thumb against the space bar sometimes - just took off my caps for cleaning today and wasn't expecting this....


Edit: I'm so sorry GMK  :'( :'( :'(

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What is that? It seems like some sort of residue, where do you use your keyboard at?

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #41 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:48:44 »

I have a tendency of resting my right thumb against the space bar sometimes - just took off my caps for cleaning today and wasn't expecting this....


Edit: I'm so sorry GMK  :'( :'( :'(

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What is that? It seems like some sort of residue, where do you use your keyboard at?

Dead skin from my thumb rubbing against the front bottom edge of the spacebar

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #42 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:49:58 »
Maybe it's just me, but I feel like PBT gets dirtier faster than ABS.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #43 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:50:37 »

I have a tendency of resting my right thumb against the space bar sometimes - just took off my caps for cleaning today and wasn't expecting this....


Edit: I'm so sorry GMK  :'( :'( :'(

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What is that? It seems like some sort of residue, where do you use your keyboard at?

Dead skin from my thumb rubbing against the front bottom edge of the spacebar

No way, that is so gross. When was the last time you took that bar off its place?

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #44 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:51:13 »

My only dream in life has ever been to have a fresh pair of socks for every day of my life. I know it is extremely wasteful, but damn does it feel good.

O.O this is a great idea.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #45 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:52:24 »


I have a tendency of resting my right thumb against the space bar sometimes - just took off my caps for cleaning today and wasn't expecting this....


Edit: I'm so sorry GMK  :'( :'( :'(

Warning: nsfl

What is that? It seems like some sort of residue, where do you use your keyboard at?

Dead skin from my thumb rubbing against the front bottom edge of the spacebar

No way, that is so gross. When was the last time you took that bar off its place?

Yeah I know right

Been using this board for the past 2 months or so alternating with HHKB - not a problem on the HHKB as it doesn't have the floating key style that the Gon does

Offline Jhonan

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #46 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:56:27 »

I have a tendency of resting my right thumb against the space bar sometimes - just took off my caps for cleaning today and wasn't expecting this....


Edit: I'm so sorry GMK  :'( :'( :'(

Warning: nsfl


What is that? It seems like some sort of residue, where do you use your keyboard at?

Dead skin from my thumb rubbing against the front bottom edge of the spacebar
That is horrifying...
« Last Edit: Sun, 25 October 2015, 20:00:09 by Jhonan »

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #47 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 19:59:20 »
Absolutely it does! Especially when you have keycaps that are lighter in color, or that have bright colors which show the dirt quicker. I typically wash my keycap sets every month or so. It gives my other sets some time on the board anyway  :thumb:

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #48 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 20:10:35 »

I have a tendency of resting my right thumb against the space bar sometimes - just took off my caps for cleaning today and wasn't expecting this....


Edit: I'm so sorry GMK  :'( :'( :'(

Warning: nsfl

What is that? It seems like some sort of residue, where do you use your keyboard at?

Dead skin from my thumb rubbing against the front bottom edge of the spacebar

Offline Kola93

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #49 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 21:20:47 »
Wear and tear on keycaps are pretty normal, but having visible dirt just means that you should wipe it more. :thumb:

Nothing like proactive dirty keyboard prevention! ^-^