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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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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« 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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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« 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.

Me....all the time.

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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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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« 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

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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

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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! ^-^

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #50 on: Sun, 25 October 2015, 21:52:13 »
I don't really ever find my caps dirty, excluding dust or hair. I tend to try and keep my board always blown out with compressed air. I just got a used K65 for an upcoming project and that thing was disgusting but after a bath in soapy water and a cleaning the plate with Qtips and rubbing alcohol everything is squeaky clean. 

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #51 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 02:53:52 »
I don't really ever find my caps dirty, excluding dust or hair. I tend to try and keep my board always blown out with compressed air. I just got a used K65 for an upcoming project and that thing was disgusting but after a bath in soapy water and a cleaning the plate with Qtips and rubbing alcohol everything is squeaky clean.

Qtips are a great idea, I usually use a little brush (similar to a toothbrush) to remove anything between the switches and plate while all the caps are off.  :thumb:

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #52 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 02:57:49 »
I don't really ever find my caps dirty, excluding dust or hair. I tend to try and keep my board always blown out with compressed air. I just got a used K65 for an upcoming project and that thing was disgusting but after a bath in soapy water and a cleaning the plate with Qtips and rubbing alcohol everything is squeaky clean.

Qtips are a great idea, I usually use a little brush (similar to a toothbrush) to remove anything between the switches and plate while all the caps are off.  :thumb:

What I usually do is fire up the air compressor, blow out all the dirt and stuff inside the keyboard, then finish by gently wiping a towel over the keycaps and keyboard.

Do this once in a while and you will have a well-maintained and clean keyboard. ^-^

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #53 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 04:30:22 »
Visible dirt on keycaps means cleaner hands!
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #54 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 05:13:52 »
I run them through the dishwasher every 6 months or so.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #55 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 08:25:16 »
I run them through the dishwasher every 6 months or so.

I wash them in the counter sink with regular soap for the dishes, and I have done it like two times in several years.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #56 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 09:28:13 »
I run them through the dishwasher every 6 months or so.

I wash them in the counter sink with regular soap for the dishes, and I have done it like two times in several years.

I might try this one - the dishwasher idea scares me for some reason because of the heat (I know ABS and PBT's plastic temperature is
way higher but still feel uncomfortable about it)

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #57 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 09:40:34 »
I run them through the dishwasher every 6 months or so.

I wash them in the counter sink with regular soap for the dishes, and I have done it like two times in several years.

I might try this one - the dishwasher idea scares me for some reason because of the heat (I know ABS and PBT's plastic temperature is
way higher but still feel uncomfortable about it)

it appears to be not the best of ideas, unless you have an accurate control of the temperature you may end with warped keys, mainly those over one unit length.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #58 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 09:51:50 »
Visible dirt on keycaps means cleaner hands!
I like the way you think sir.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #59 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 09:59:15 »
I've been using Clorox wipes to wipe down every week or so, but foresee that as a problem since no one else cleans their board that way :-X
Other than that, once or twice I've taken all the keys off and soaked them in a bowl with dish soap and warm water

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #60 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 11:57:23 »
It bother the **** out of me if my board is dirty. So I put a acrylic cover on my board before I go to sleep. For your case maybe magic eraser can clean it up a bit.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #61 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 15:11:37 »
I've noticed the white PBT stock caps on my pok3r get dirty very fast. Probably because they're white. I wash my hands before using the board too. I think the rough texture just traps dirt, as mentioned earlier. But anyway, it bothers me and I clean the caps regularly.


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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #62 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 17:00:08 »
Non damaging method of cleaning keycaps - from my personal experience.

Take a couple of pictures of keyboard so you know which keys go where (I do this for ease only - although not critical)

I use an ultrasonic cleaner from harbor freight (heated unit) - about $70USD

I fill it up with hot water, add about 1/8 cup of baking soda and a generous squirt of dawn dishwashing liquid

Throw the caps into a mesh bag (nylon stocking will do fine also) - tie off the top with twist-tie

Drop the meshbag into the water/bakingsoda/dishwashing liquid, turn on the ultrasonic (heater too) and cook for 5 minutes
- turn off heater, repeat 5 minutes ultrasonic only

Remove mesh bag from water, run under water, shake all excess water off
Open mesh bag and inspect keys - should be clean (if not repeat above scrub process).

Lay out the caps on a towel to dry (legend face up) - takes about an hour for them to dry (optionally, you can blow them dry with canned air or compressor - I don't suggest using heat)

Wipe down the keyboard case/frame, blow out the keyboard using canned air (or compressor if you have it - cheaper).

Reassemble keycaps on board.

The baking soda acts as micro abrasive scrubbers (triggered by the ultrasonic), the soap is a non-destructive degreaser - I have not had any issues with UV coating being removed or bleaching dark caps.

Never add any harsh chemicals (bleach/ammonia/etc...) - they will contribute to stripping the UV coating off the caps (and in some cases will lighten them).

I once made the mistake of adding a cleaner that bleached some black caps - but I was able to restore them using an acetone vapor wash.

Paul (HB)
« Last Edit: Mon, 26 October 2015, 17:58:15 by heroinbob »

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #63 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 17:46:28 »
Wear and tear on my HiPro...

Ugh it feels bad =[

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #64 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 18:39:19 »
Oooo...I should share a way to make cheap compressed air before the cans were everywhere.
  • Get a bicycle pump
  • Put a ball inflation needle on the end
  • Pump and point the burst of air from the needle where you need it.
Two people are best for this if you have a big job, but a burst here or there can be done easily with one person.  You don't have to fully extend the pump handle to get the air pressure needed.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #65 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 19:12:50 »
Non damaging method of cleaning keycaps - from my personal experience.

Take a couple of pictures of keyboard so you know which keys go where (I do this for ease only - although not critical)

I use an ultrasonic cleaner from harbor freight (heated unit) - about $70USD

I fill it up with hot water, add about 1/8 cup of baking soda and a generous squirt of dawn dishwashing liquid

Throw the caps into a mesh bag (nylon stocking will do fine also) - tie off the top with twist-tie

Drop the meshbag into the water/bakingsoda/dishwashing liquid, turn on the ultrasonic (heater too) and cook for 5 minutes
- turn off heater, repeat 5 minutes ultrasonic only

Remove mesh bag from water, run under water, shake all excess water off
Open mesh bag and inspect keys - should be clean (if not repeat above scrub process).

Lay out the caps on a towel to dry (legend face up) - takes about an hour for them to dry (optionally, you can blow them dry with canned air or compressor - I don't suggest using heat)

Wipe down the keyboard case/frame, blow out the keyboard using canned air (or compressor if you have it - cheaper).

Reassemble keycaps on board.

The baking soda acts as micro abrasive scrubbers (triggered by the ultrasonic), the soap is a non-destructive degreaser - I have not had any issues with UV coating being removed or bleaching dark caps.

Never add any harsh chemicals (bleach/ammonia/etc...) - they will contribute to stripping the UV coating off the caps (and in some cases will lighten them).

I once made the mistake of adding a cleaner that bleached some black caps - but I was able to restore them using an acetone vapor wash.

Paul (HB)

The extended writing is appreciated; however, the procedure is over-complicated. The use of backing soda is effective, but most of the time a simple wash with some previous immersion time is more than enough.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #66 on: Mon, 26 October 2015, 22:59:27 »
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/

Thank you! I might just have to do this. I love the grainy feel and hate the coating the Tai-Hao have.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #67 on: Tue, 27 October 2015, 06:16:41 »
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/

Thank you! I might just have to do this. I love the grainy feel and hate the coating the Tai-Hao have.

So glad this was posted! :D

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #68 on: Tue, 27 October 2015, 06:48:25 »
I would be very careful with compressed air you can mess up switches with it.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #69 on: Tue, 27 October 2015, 06:52:36 »
I would be very careful with compressed air you can mess up switches with it.

Can't tell if joking...
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #70 on: Tue, 27 October 2015, 07:11:49 »
I would be very careful with compressed air you can mess up switches with it.

Can't tell if joking...

I'm absolutely not joking, there have been a few people here ruin switches with compressed air, you end up blowing dust, hair, crumbs etc into the switches and it can cause issues.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #71 on: Tue, 27 October 2015, 07:13:02 »
I would be very careful with compressed air you can mess up switches with it.

Can't tell if joking...

I'm absolutely not joking, there have been a few people here ruin switches with compressed air, you end up blowing dust, hair, crumbs etc into the switches and it can cause issues.

That's interesting, how did it happen?
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #72 on: Tue, 27 October 2015, 07:17:53 »
I would be very careful with compressed air you can mess up switches with it.

Can't tell if joking...

I'm absolutely not joking, there have been a few people here ruin switches with compressed air, you end up blowing dust, hair, crumbs etc into the switches and it can cause issues.

That's interesting, how did it happen?
Just like I said, you can end up getting foreign materials inside the switch by using compressed air.

This can lead to chattering or depending on material it could possibly eventually cause corrosion internally and/or some other interference/damage within the switch mechanism.

Not saying this happens all the time,  just trying to caution people that it can happen.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #73 on: Tue, 27 October 2015, 07:21:42 »
I would be very careful with compressed air you can mess up switches with it.

Can't tell if joking...

I'm absolutely not joking, there have been a few people here ruin switches with compressed air, you end up blowing dust, hair, crumbs etc into the switches and it can cause issues.

That's interesting, how did it happen?
Just like I said, you can end up getting foreign materials inside the switch by using compressed air.

This can lead to chattering or depending on material it could possibly eventually cause corrosion internally and/or some other interference/damage within the switch mechanism.

Not saying this happens all the time,  just trying to caution people that it can happen.

Ahh yeah true, I must have skimmed over the last part of that reply. I usually use a similar thing, this canless air blower (http://www.canlessair.com/), it doesn't have any of the issues with the condensation that canned air does, but yeah fully get the pieces of crumbs and stuff. Every day that I sit down at my computer I do a wipe and dust over the whole area though!
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #74 on: Tue, 27 October 2015, 10:48:15 »
Oooo...I should share a way to make cheap compressed air before the cans were everywhere.
  • Get a bicycle pump
  • Put a ball inflation needle on the end
  • Pump and point the burst of air from the needle where you need it.
Two people are best for this if you have a big job, but a burst here or there can be done easily with one person.  You don't have to fully extend the pump handle to get the air pressure needed.

Too much work.  Compressed air is cheap.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #75 on: Wed, 28 October 2015, 08:31:30 »
Non damaging method of cleaning keycaps - from my personal experience.

Take a couple of pictures of keyboard so you know which keys go where (I do this for ease only - although not critical)

I use an ultrasonic cleaner from harbor freight (heated unit) - about $70USD

I fill it up with hot water, add about 1/8 cup of baking soda and a generous squirt of dawn dishwashing liquid

Throw the caps into a mesh bag (nylon stocking will do fine also) - tie off the top with twist-tie

Drop the meshbag into the water/bakingsoda/dishwashing liquid, turn on the ultrasonic (heater too) and cook for 5 minutes
- turn off heater, repeat 5 minutes ultrasonic only

Remove mesh bag from water, run under water, shake all excess water off
Open mesh bag and inspect keys - should be clean (if not repeat above scrub process).

Lay out the caps on a towel to dry (legend face up) - takes about an hour for them to dry (optionally, you can blow them dry with canned air or compressor - I don't suggest using heat)

Wipe down the keyboard case/frame, blow out the keyboard using canned air (or compressor if you have it - cheaper).

Reassemble keycaps on board.

The baking soda acts as micro abrasive scrubbers (triggered by the ultrasonic), the soap is a non-destructive degreaser - I have not had any issues with UV coating being removed or bleaching dark caps.

Never add any harsh chemicals (bleach/ammonia/etc...) - they will contribute to stripping the UV coating off the caps (and in some cases will lighten them).

I once made the mistake of adding a cleaner that bleached some black caps - but I was able to restore them using an acetone vapor wash.

Paul (HB)

The extended writing is appreciated; however, the procedure is over-complicated. The use of backing soda is effective, but most of the time a simple wash with some previous immersion time is more than enough.
I actually found this detailed procedure quite useful.  It's details like this that you will find in a community where a paltry 10g force difference on a keystroke makes a world of difference.
I would be very careful with compressed air you can mess up switches with it.
Another thing about compressed air is that certain variants do have a substance that comes out with the air.  DSLR manufacturers warn against cleaning the sensors or mirrors in their cameras with compressed air for this reason.  Something to keep in mind.


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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #76 on: Fri, 30 October 2015, 18:55:27 »
On my first mech, i had white keys which would requently get dirty but i upgraded my caps to a clean set of black faced caps and I dont have to deal with the dirtyness anymore

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #77 on: Fri, 30 October 2015, 20:44:22 »
I used to get white t-shirts dirty all the time, but now I wear black and never notice the dirt.  ;D

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #78 on: Fri, 30 October 2015, 20:55:30 »
I used to get white t-shirts dirty all the time, but now I wear black and never notice the dirt.  ;D

This is actually totally true though

If you get a big splotch of ketchup on a plain white tee you look like a retard for the whole day whereas you can manage it much more discretely with darker shirts  :p

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #79 on: Fri, 30 October 2015, 21:47:44 »
My car working clothes consists of a bunch of all-black pants and shirts.  I'll never know how dirty I am and nor does the wife, hehe.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #80 on: Fri, 30 October 2015, 22:00:01 »
I usually wipe off my caps with a mix of distilled water/white vinegar when I'm done, or just alcohol for PBT. That helps me sleep better at night. :P

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #81 on: Sat, 31 October 2015, 05:49:27 »
I used to get white t-shirts dirty all the time, but now I wear black and never notice the dirt.  ;D

This is actually totally true though

If you get a big splotch of ketchup on a plain white tee you look like a retard for the whole day whereas you can manage it much more discretely with darker shirts  :p

Ketchup? Come on mate, it's Tomato Sauce in Oz!
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #82 on: Sat, 31 October 2015, 06:28:41 »
Dammit, now I want some spaghetti with all this mentioning of tomato-y things.

I also want to buy an ultrasonic cleaner now, but until then, denture tabs and wipe downs with alcohol or vinegar must suffice!

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #83 on: Sat, 31 October 2015, 08:46:14 »
Inb4 spills tomato sauce on keyboard. :-X


My keyboard never really get dirty, I just go slightly mad when too much dust gets on it.  >:D

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Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #84 on: Sat, 31 October 2015, 08:55:57 »
POM keycaps (are those still a thing?) and PBT keycaps seem to get "oily" from my fingers than ABS keycaps.

I use a baby wipe every now and then to clean them off. When they have dust/dirt/Frenchfries down in between I use a big blob of some sort of cleaning slime I got off Taobao a while back.

If it gets really bad I pull them off put them in a mesh bag and throw them in the top rack of the dishwasher. Last resort is soaking in denture cleaner.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #85 on: Sun, 01 November 2015, 00:11:09 »
I used to get white t-shirts dirty all the time, but now I wear black and never notice the dirt.  ;D

This is actually totally true though

If you get a big splotch of ketchup on a plain white tee you look like a retard for the whole day whereas you can manage it much more discretely with darker shirts  :p

Similarly if you get a big splodge of tomato sauce (or BBQ sauce, which is nicer) on light coloured keycaps, you look like a retard, but on dark coloured keycaps you just look like a messy eater.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #86 on: Sun, 01 November 2015, 00:31:16 »
Im OCD about stuff like that, dirt or specs on my keys. Or even like a piece of hair on my desk haha little things but still bothers me. I don't think i could ever buy a set of white keys. I keep my hands clean but if they started to show any visible dirt they'd be getting cleaned immediately.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #87 on: Sun, 01 November 2015, 01:35:42 »
Im OCD about stuff like that, dirt or specs on my keys. Or even like a piece of hair on my desk haha little things but still bothers me. I don't think i could ever buy a set of white keys. I keep my hands clean but if they started to show any visible dirt they'd be getting cleaned immediately.

Most of the dust I have seems to be lighter in colour.  It shows up immediately on a black keyboard or keycaps, but nowhere near as much on a beige or white keyboard.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #88 on: Sun, 01 November 2015, 08:00:23 »
I'm a big fan of keyboards and cases that do not have a raised edge around the top.  I think some people may refer to is as "low profile" cases.  My Winkeyless b.87 board is an example.  Not having that ridge keeps all that junk from being trapped, and it helps the keyboard stay cleaner for longer.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #89 on: Sun, 01 November 2015, 16:54:30 »
Oooo...I should share a way to make cheap compressed air before the cans were everywhere.
  • Get a bicycle pump
  • Put a ball inflation needle on the end
  • Pump and point the burst of air from the needle where you need it.
Two people are best for this if you have a big job, but a burst here or there can be done easily with one person.  You don't have to fully extend the pump handle to get the air pressure needed.

Omg why have I never thought of this. Do you think a balloon hand pump would work?

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #90 on: Sun, 01 November 2015, 17:08:53 »
I don't think anyone in their right mind would want dirty keycaps
Or maybe they would, to each their own  :))

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #91 on: Mon, 02 November 2015, 11:19:20 »
Oooo...I should share a way to make cheap compressed air before the cans were everywhere.
  • Get a bicycle pump
  • Put a ball inflation needle on the end
  • Pump and point the burst of air from the needle where you need it.
Two people are best for this if you have a big job, but a burst here or there can be done easily with one person.  You don't have to fully extend the pump handle to get the air pressure needed.

Omg why have I never thought of this. Do you think a balloon hand pump would work?
Probably.  I haven't tried it, so try it and let us know!  :thumb:


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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #92 on: Mon, 02 November 2015, 11:22:59 »
An electric pump for tires could work as well. They are very noisy but for a few minutes of cleaning that would not be a problem, and it can get a ball needle at its end as well.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #93 on: Mon, 02 November 2015, 11:57:49 »
I purchased the SP white base with red modifiers blank set for my first 60% and I am terrified of the possibility of dirtyness :(

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #94 on: Mon, 02 November 2015, 12:17:26 »
An electric pump for tires could work as well. They are very noisy but for a few minutes of cleaning that would not be a problem, and it can get a ball needle at its end as well.
Another great idea!  Those will actually work even better as the air 'pulses' due to the way those pumps work.  Only problem might be that they need a 12v power connector as most don't have a wall outlet plug. :(

But then I was thinking, even an air bed pump may work well.  Or a shop vac in blower mode--although that may be too strong.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #95 on: Mon, 02 November 2015, 12:45:18 »
An electric pump for tires could work as well. They are very noisy but for a few minutes of cleaning that would not be a problem, and it can get a ball needle at its end as well.
Another great idea!  Those will actually work even better as the air 'pulses' due to the way those pumps work.  Only problem might be that they need a 12v power connector as most don't have a wall outlet plug. :(

But then I was thinking, even an air bed pump may work well.  Or a shop vac in blower mode--although that may be too strong.

You can bring your board near your car to clean it. It should not be a problem, if you already have one of those pumps, as I do, it is just a way to put it into another use.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #96 on: Mon, 02 November 2015, 14:32:55 »
An electric pump for tires could work as well. They are very noisy but for a few minutes of cleaning that would not be a problem, and it can get a ball needle at its end as well.
Another great idea!  Those will actually work even better as the air 'pulses' due to the way those pumps work.  Only problem might be that they need a 12v power connector as most don't have a wall outlet plug. :(

But then I was thinking, even an air bed pump may work well.  Or a shop vac in blower mode--although that may be too strong.

You can bring your board near your car to clean it. It should not be a problem, if you already have one of those pumps, as I do, it is just a way to put it into another use.
Good point, lol.

I don't know why I think everything must gravitate to the keyboard, lol.


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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #97 on: Mon, 02 November 2015, 15:41:11 »
I used to get white t-shirts dirty all the time, but now I wear black and never notice the dirt.  ;D

This is actually totally true though

If you get a big splotch of ketchup on a plain white tee you look like a retard for the whole day whereas you can manage it much more discretely with darker shirts  :p

Ketchup? Come on mate, it's Tomato Sauce in Oz!

You beat me to it!  :p

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #98 on: Tue, 03 November 2015, 00:37:04 »
Haha yes! I have black caps so every time I see a speckle of dust, I go crazy and do a quick dust. I try not to let them get too bad though!  :))

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #99 on: Tue, 03 November 2015, 00:45:09 »
Maybe it's just me, but I feel like PBT gets dirtier faster than ABS.

Could be that since they have a more textured surface more dust/dirt would stick to the keys. I don't really use ABS keys atm so I can't say for sure but it would make sense to me.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #100 on: Tue, 03 November 2015, 01:25:48 »
I WAS THINKING ABOUT THIS TODAY...when I was typing on my HHKB (black...so you can see every speck of dust that gets on the keys...). I feel as if I'm cleaning the caps every five seconds...this is not good...

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #101 on: Tue, 03 November 2015, 04:21:52 »
its bother myself most than other i think  :thumb:

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #102 on: Tue, 03 November 2015, 08:12:42 »
Considering buying a keyboard brush at this point :/
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #103 on: Tue, 03 November 2015, 08:24:16 »
Think of it as a memory of the good times you and your board have had together :)

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #104 on: Tue, 03 November 2015, 08:28:44 »
this is usful inf for me
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #105 on: Tue, 03 November 2015, 08:58:23 »
An electric pump for tires could work as well. They are very noisy but for a few minutes of cleaning that would not be a problem, and it can get a ball needle at its end as well.
Another great idea!  Those will actually work even better as the air 'pulses' due to the way those pumps work.  Only problem might be that they need a 12v power connector as most don't have a wall outlet plug. :(

But then I was thinking, even an air bed pump may work well.  Or a shop vac in blower mode--although that may be too strong.

You can bring your board near your car to clean it. It should not be a problem, if you already have one of those pumps, as I do, it is just a way to put it into another use.
Good point, lol.

I don't know why I think everything must gravitate to the keyboard, lol.

We gravitate everything around a keyboard at GH.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #106 on: Tue, 03 November 2015, 12:44:56 »
An electric pump for tires could work as well. They are very noisy but for a few minutes of cleaning that would not be a problem, and it can get a ball needle at its end as well.
Another great idea!  Those will actually work even better as the air 'pulses' due to the way those pumps work.  Only problem might be that they need a 12v power connector as most don't have a wall outlet plug. :(

But then I was thinking, even an air bed pump may work well.  Or a shop vac in blower mode--although that may be too strong.

You can bring your board near your car to clean it. It should not be a problem, if you already have one of those pumps, as I do, it is just a way to put it into another use.
Good point, lol.

I don't know why I think everything must gravitate to the keyboard, lol.

We gravitate everything around a keyboard at GH.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #107 on: Wed, 04 November 2015, 00:02:17 »
I don't mind it too much because I know it isn't permanently doing anything that a simple cleaning with soapy water acant reverse.

If it was actually staining the keycaps id probably freak out and never use light caps again :P

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #108 on: Wed, 04 November 2015, 02:39:11 »
I find cleaning the keycaps satisfying. Very satisfying.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #109 on: Wed, 04 November 2015, 15:26:54 »
I find cleaning the keycaps satisfying. Very satisfying.

Question here is, do you get more satisfaction from a particular set versus another set  :p

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #110 on: Wed, 04 November 2015, 20:28:43 »
I loved the Miami set until I actually started using it at work.  After about two weeks of use, you could see a thin layer of dirt/oil gathering on all the turquoise keys. (I usually keep my hands clean and wash them about 3-4 times a day after I piss/****.) I picked up a box of alcohol wipes and would occasionally wipe down the keys, but that became sorta tiresome to do every week.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #111 on: Thu, 05 November 2015, 08:54:45 »
I wash my hands before typing and keep alcohol pads at my desk. So you're definitely normal haha

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #112 on: Thu, 05 November 2015, 08:56:26 »
I loved the Miami set until I actually started using it at work.  After about two weeks of use, you could see a thin layer of dirt/oil gathering on all the turquoise keys. (I usually keep my hands clean and wash them about 3-4 times a day after I piss/****.) I picked up a box of alcohol wipes and would occasionally wipe down the keys, but that became sorta tiresome to do every week.


That is very sad. How is the Miami's texture? Is it rough?

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #113 on: Thu, 05 November 2015, 08:58:33 »
I loved the Miami set until I actually started using it at work.  After about two weeks of use, you could see a thin layer of dirt/oil gathering on all the turquoise keys. (I usually keep my hands clean and wash them about 3-4 times a day after I piss/****.) I picked up a box of alcohol wipes and would occasionally wipe down the keys, but that became sorta tiresome to do every week.


That is very sad. How is the Miami's texture? Is it rough?
It's probably also good to ask which Miami set, if its tai-hao those caps have a coating that can be removed.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #114 on: Thu, 05 November 2015, 16:21:50 »
Bothers me a lot since I have blank white key caps but I have stop caring since I'm getting new key caps soon anyways haha

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« Reply #115 on: Thu, 05 November 2015, 21:32:45 »
All my keycaps are not rare, cause I choose keycaps simply on the feeling I type on them. So I do not care if I will ruin the caps, once they are destroyed(never happened though), I will just buy another set.
About dirty, if it doesn't affect the feeling of type, I don't care.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #116 on: Thu, 05 November 2015, 22:48:29 »
I loved the Miami set until I actually started using it at work.  After about two weeks of use, you could see a thin layer of dirt/oil gathering on all the turquoise keys. (I usually keep my hands clean and wash them about 3-4 times a day after I piss/****.) I picked up a box of alcohol wipes and would occasionally wipe down the keys, but that became sorta tiresome to do every week.


That is very sad. How is the Miami's texture? Is it rough?
It's probably also good to ask which Miami set, if its tai-hao those caps have a coating that can be removed.

Yeah, the texture is sort of rough on the Tai Hao but has that slightly gross stickiness from the damn coating, gonna remove it as soon as I can get some alcohol at a high enough proof. I don't think 70% is going to cut it.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #117 on: Mon, 09 November 2015, 21:41:23 »
I loved the Miami set until I actually started using it at work.  After about two weeks of use, you could see a thin layer of dirt/oil gathering on all the turquoise keys. (I usually keep my hands clean and wash them about 3-4 times a day after I piss/****.) I picked up a box of alcohol wipes and would occasionally wipe down the keys, but that became sorta tiresome to do every week.


That is very sad. How is the Miami's texture? Is it rough?
It's probably also good to ask which Miami set, if its tai-hao those caps have a coating that can be removed.

Yeah, the texture is sort of rough on the Tai Hao but has that slightly gross stickiness from the damn coating, gonna remove it as soon as I can get some alcohol at a high enough proof. I don't think 70% is going to cut it.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #118 on: Tue, 10 November 2015, 12:33:29 »
I hate the gunk that builds up on my HHKB...Gotta start cleaning more often

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« Reply #119 on: Tue, 10 November 2015, 13:02:05 »
Are there any real tips for maintenance of keycaps?  Maybe an Isopropyl 90% alcohol rub every once in a while or does that remove the paint?

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #120 on: Tue, 10 November 2015, 13:16:28 »
Are there any real tips for maintenance of keycaps?  Maybe an Isopropyl 90% alcohol rub every once in a while or does that remove the paint?

I've seen people use denture cleaner to clean off their keys.  I'd imagine it's pretty easy on the plastic since it's basically just minty Alka-Seltzer, so I intend to use those the next time my keys get gross.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #121 on: Tue, 10 November 2015, 16:21:43 »
Are there any real tips for maintenance of keycaps?  Maybe an Isopropyl 90% alcohol rub every once in a while or does that remove the paint?

I've seen people use denture cleaner to clean off their keys.  I'd imagine it's pretty easy on the plastic since it's basically just minty Alka-Seltzer, so I intend to use those the next time my keys get gross.

The ultimate guide:
https://www.keychatter.com/2014/08/01/how-to-clean-keycaps/

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #122 on: Sun, 15 November 2015, 23:55:39 »
Yes it seems a common problem now and hope one day we can wash the keyboard to make it clean.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #123 on: Mon, 16 November 2015, 23:39:47 »
I just noticed the other day that my spacebar that I replaced with a Unicomp one is now as dirty as the rest of the keys, lol.  I think it was lonely since it was the only clean key.

I really can't wait to clean all the Ms.  They're really filthy.

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« Reply #124 on: Mon, 16 November 2015, 23:45:22 »
I just noticed the other day that my spacebar that I replaced with a Unicomp one is now as dirty as the rest of the keys, lol.  I think it was lonely since it was the only clean key.

I really can't wait to clean all the Ms.  They're really filthy.

There's no time like the present  :thumb:

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #125 on: Tue, 17 November 2015, 09:05:28 »
I just noticed the other day that my spacebar that I replaced with a Unicomp one is now as dirty as the rest of the keys, lol.  I think it was lonely since it was the only clean key.

I really can't wait to clean all the Ms.  They're really filthy.

There's no time in the present  :thumb:
Fixed.  ;)


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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #126 on: Tue, 17 November 2015, 15:29:11 »
I just noticed the other day that my spacebar that I replaced with a Unicomp one is now as dirty as the rest of the keys, lol.  I think it was lonely since it was the only clean key.

I really can't wait to clean all the Ms.  They're really filthy.

There's no time in the present  :thumb:
Fixed.  ;)

Haha, I went back to fix my post thinking I'd actually typed that  :-[

You need a keyboard cleaning maid!

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #127 on: Tue, 17 November 2015, 20:00:40 »
If they're straight up dirty, like with actual dirt on the keys, then hell no! If it's shine, then eh. I'm totally not a slob, but I think genetics screwed me when it comes to key cap shine, (if it has to do with oils anyway) because most of my caps get shiny pretty quick, so there's not much I can do. I have found that using a fine polishing cloth can take the shine off even old super shiny caps, but aside from photo ops, it's really not worth it if they're just going to shine up again.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #128 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 11:58:06 »
I just noticed the other day that my spacebar that I replaced with a Unicomp one is now as dirty as the rest of the keys, lol.  I think it was lonely since it was the only clean key.

I really can't wait to clean all the Ms.  They're really filthy.

There's no time in the present  :thumb:
Fixed.  ;)

Haha, I went back to fix my post thinking I'd actually typed that  :-[

You need a keyboard cleaning maid!
I do...
If they're straight up dirty, like with actual dirt on the keys, then hell no! If it's shine, then eh. I'm totally not a slob, but I think genetics screwed me when it comes to key cap shine, (if it has to do with oils anyway) because most of my caps get shiny pretty quick, so there's not much I can do. I have found that using a fine polishing cloth can take the shine off even old super shiny caps, but aside from photo ops, it's really not worth it if they're just going to shine up again.
Non-shiny keyboard caps is kinda like non-shiny skin--doesn't seem real to me.  :thumb:

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #129 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 15:19:29 »
I just noticed the other day that my spacebar that I replaced with a Unicomp one is now as dirty as the rest of the keys, lol.  I think it was lonely since it was the only clean key.

I really can't wait to clean all the Ms.  They're really filthy.

There's no time in the present  :thumb:
Fixed.  ;)

Haha, I went back to fix my post thinking I'd actually typed that  :-[

You need a keyboard cleaning maid!
I do...
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If they're straight up dirty, like with actual dirt on the keys, then hell no! If it's shine, then eh. I'm totally not a slob, but I think genetics screwed me when it comes to key cap shine, (if it has to do with oils anyway) because most of my caps get shiny pretty quick, so there's not much I can do. I have found that using a fine polishing cloth can take the shine off even old super shiny caps, but aside from photo ops, it's really not worth it if they're just going to shine up again.
Non-shiny keyboard caps is kinda like non-shiny skin--doesn't seem real to me.  :thumb:

Err...I better stop cleaning mine as well  :p

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #130 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 18:46:03 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #131 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 18:50:13 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #132 on: Wed, 18 November 2015, 20:34:46 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.
You must have a lot of self-control!

I'm also pretty strict about not eating or drinking near the keyboard but it's really hard to do so at work because then it means I have to finish my snacks/food/drinks elsewhere and won't be able to snack at my desk...

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #133 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 01:22:39 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

I eat and drink at the computer but I wash my hands frequently and won't type until after I've eaten.
Methylated Spirits, not even once.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #134 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 01:31:55 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

I eat and drink at the computer but I wash my hands frequently and won't type until after I've eaten.

I eat at the keyboard with chopsticks.  No need to wash hands :)
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #135 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 02:42:20 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

I eat and drink at the computer but I wash my hands frequently and won't type until after I've eaten.

I eat at the keyboard with chopsticks.  No need to wash hands :)

Ever picked up the chopsticks the wrong way?  ;D

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #136 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 02:45:51 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

I eat and drink at the computer but I wash my hands frequently and won't type until after I've eaten.

I eat at the keyboard with chopsticks.  No need to wash hands :)

Ever picked up the chopsticks the wrong way?  ;D

Nope :p
"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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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #137 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 02:47:57 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

I eat and drink at the computer but I wash my hands frequently and won't type until after I've eaten.

I eat at the keyboard with chopsticks.  No need to wash hands :)

Ever picked up the chopsticks the wrong way?  ;D

Nope :p

Pro :)

I've been eating so much Vietnamese food this year hoping to up my chopstick game.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #138 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 03:04:16 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

I eat and drink at the computer but I wash my hands frequently and won't type until after I've eaten.

I eat at the keyboard with chopsticks.  No need to wash hands :)

Ever picked up the chopsticks the wrong way?  ;D

Nope :p

Pro :)

I've been eating so much Vietnamese food this year hoping to up my chopstick game.

I did drop a chopstick once :(

But only once!
"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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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #139 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 03:26:11 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

I eat and drink at the computer but I wash my hands frequently and won't type until after I've eaten.

I eat at the keyboard with chopsticks.  No need to wash hands :)

Ever picked up the chopsticks the wrong way?  ;D

Nope :p

Pro :)

I've been eating so much Vietnamese food this year hoping to up my chopstick game.

I did drop a chopstick once :(

But only once!

...and that chopstick was never seen again...straight in the fire pit

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #140 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 04:08:43 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

I eat and drink at the computer but I wash my hands frequently and won't type until after I've eaten.

I eat at the keyboard with chopsticks.  No need to wash hands :)

Ever picked up the chopsticks the wrong way?  ;D

Nope :p

Pro :)

I've been eating so much Vietnamese food this year hoping to up my chopstick game.

I did drop a chopstick once :(

But only once!

...and that chopstick was never seen again...straight in the fire pit

No!  No, it was one of my yellow pair, and definitely recovered seconds later!
"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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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #141 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 05:01:15 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

I eat and drink at the computer but I wash my hands frequently and won't type until after I've eaten.

I eat at the keyboard with chopsticks.  No need to wash hands :)

Ever picked up the chopsticks the wrong way?  ;D

Nope :p

Pro :)

I've been eating so much Vietnamese food this year hoping to up my chopstick game.

I did drop a chopstick once :(

But only once!

...and that chopstick was never seen again...straight in the fire pit

No!  No, it was one of my yellow pair, and definitely recovered seconds later!

Haha glad to hear it... I don't really have a pair but do prefer the wooden (cheap?) ones over the shiny plasticy ones :D

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #142 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 05:04:02 »
You two should get used to the metal Korean chopsticks. It feels sturdy and balanced in your hands :D
Please feed my addiction.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #143 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 15:04:37 »
You two should get used to the metal Korean chopsticks. It feels sturdy and balanced in your hands :D

The food just seems to slip off the metal ones for me, maybe I need to just up my game  ;D

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #144 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 15:11:39 »
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...

i put my caps in a glass off vineagear mixed with water and soap. Leave them for a day, then just wipe the dirt off with paper. As good as new

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #145 on: Sun, 22 November 2015, 19:45:27 »
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...

i put my caps in a glass off vineagear mixed with water and soap. Leave them for a day, then just wipe the dirt off with paper. As good as new

I found using denture tabs that I don't need to wipe them at all, all teh dirt seems to fall off into the bottom of the vase that I'm using.
"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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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #146 on: Mon, 23 November 2015, 21:14:40 »
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...

i put my caps in a glass off vineagear mixed with water and soap. Leave them for a day, then just wipe the dirt off with paper. As good as new

I found using denture tabs that I don't need to wipe them at all, all teh dirt seems to fall off into the bottom of the vase that I'm using.

Yeah I also recommend the denture tabs. Saves you a lot of time having to clean each cap individually, plus they smell nice afterwards.


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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #147 on: Tue, 24 November 2015, 03:55:50 »
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...

i put my caps in a glass off vineagear mixed with water and soap. Leave them for a day, then just wipe the dirt off with paper. As good as new

I found using denture tabs that I don't need to wipe them at all, all teh dirt seems to fall off into the bottom of the vase that I'm using.

Yeah I also recommend the denture tabs. Saves you a lot of time having to clean each cap individually, plus they smell nice afterwards.



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...

i put my caps in a glass off vineagear mixed with water and soap. Leave them for a day, then just wipe the dirt off with paper. As good as new

I found using denture tabs that I don't need to wipe them at all, all teh dirt seems to fall off into the bottom of the vase that I'm using.

Yeah I also recommend the denture tabs. Saves you a lot of time having to clean each cap individually, plus they smell nice afterwards.

Mmmmmm nice and minty :D
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #148 on: Tue, 24 November 2015, 14:09:57 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

Never!

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #149 on: Tue, 24 November 2015, 15:07:28 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

Never!

Clearly lies... :P

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #150 on: Tue, 24 November 2015, 20:54:16 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

Never!

Clearly lies... :P

Definitely lies

My dolch still has dominos pepperoni oil on it

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #151 on: Tue, 24 November 2015, 21:30:20 »
Have you guys ever seen keyboards with caps that look like they've been so well-used that they're worn through? I've seen pics of a few and really wonder what kind of conditions boards like that have been in. Beyond wearing down texture to the point of going THROUGH the cap. Damn!

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #152 on: Tue, 24 November 2015, 21:32:41 »
Have you guys ever seen keyboards with caps that look like they've been so well-used that they're worn through? I've seen pics of a few and really wonder what kind of conditions boards like that have been in. Beyond wearing down texture to the point of going THROUGH the cap. Damn!


Really? Have some pictures as examples?

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #153 on: Tue, 24 November 2015, 21:51:55 »
Being shiny and wornout does not bother me so much but if there is a single smudge of anything on the keyboard I will clean the whole thing.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #154 on: Wed, 25 November 2015, 04:11:41 »
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...

i put my caps in a glass off vineagear mixed with water and soap. Leave them for a day, then just wipe the dirt off with paper. As good as new

I found using denture tabs that I don't need to wipe them at all, all teh dirt seems to fall off into the bottom of the vase that I'm using.

Oh cool, so just something like this: https://clicks.co.za/products/view/steradent-pro-denture-cleaner-whitening-30-tablets ? and may be a stupid question but is this ok for any colour caps?

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #155 on: Wed, 25 November 2015, 04:18:10 »
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...

i put my caps in a glass off vineagear mixed with water and soap. Leave them for a day, then just wipe the dirt off with paper. As good as new

I found using denture tabs that I don't need to wipe them at all, all teh dirt seems to fall off into the bottom of the vase that I'm using.

Oh cool, so just something like this: https://clicks.co.za/products/view/steradent-pro-denture-cleaner-whitening-30-tablets ? and may be a stupid question but is this ok for any colour caps?

I've also used Alka-Seltzer to good effect, which I think are almost the same as denture tabs? Pretty much any tablets that effervesce while in water. Those clean caps very well.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #156 on: Wed, 25 November 2015, 04:53:48 »
I absolutely hate dirty keys so wash my hands before every typing session and NEVER eat or drink at the keyboard.

Not even once? Cheeky pizza? NEVER!?

Never!

Clearly lies... :P

Definitely lies

My dolch still has dominos pepperoni oil on it

Haha double pepperoni deep pan...i hear ya  :thumb:

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #157 on: Wed, 25 November 2015, 07:08:46 »
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....


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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #158 on: Fri, 27 November 2015, 17:02:20 »
I HATE WHEN MY KEYBOARD GETS DIRTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

By the way, what's the best way to properly clean PBT keycaps? (from a leopold FC750R)

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #159 on: Fri, 27 November 2015, 20:38:08 »
I HATE WHEN MY KEYBOARD GETS DIRTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

By the way, what's the best way to properly clean PBT keycaps? (from a leopold FC750R)

For a small thing, wiping them with alcohol works and is safe for PBT. For a more thorough cleaning, putting them in a denture tab or alka-seltzer bath will spruce them right up.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #160 on: Fri, 27 November 2015, 20:45:13 »
I HATE WHEN MY KEYBOARD GETS DIRTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

By the way, what's the best way to properly clean PBT keycaps? (from a leopold FC750R)

For a small thing, wiping them with alcohol works and is safe for PBT. For a more thorough cleaning, putting them in a denture tab or alka-seltzer bath will spruce them right up.

Asked the wife right away if she knew about those things as soon as I read that comment. Now I know how to clean keycaps properly.

I've been cleaning it with just water (and spit) sometimes  :))
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #161 on: Fri, 27 November 2015, 21:19:42 »
I HATE WHEN MY KEYBOARD GETS DIRTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

By the way, what's the best way to properly clean PBT keycaps? (from a leopold FC750R)

For a small thing, wiping them with alcohol works and is safe for PBT. For a more thorough cleaning, putting them in a denture tab or alka-seltzer bath will spruce them right up.

Asked the wife right away if she knew about those things as soon as I read that comment. Now I know how to clean keycaps properly.

I've been cleaning it with just water (and spit) sometimes  :))

Ahaha, you're not alone on that last method. I usually use a little microfiber cloth dabbed with a mix of distilled water (not really important) and white vinegar for ABS, but sometimes I've used yeah, my finger wet with a little of spit. :-X Totally not hygenic, haha.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #162 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 09:25:16 »
Still bothers me can't wait for my new keyboard to get here so I can stop typing on these dirty caps.


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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #163 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 09:26:37 »
How did you even find this thread?  :))
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« Reply #164 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 09:28:33 »
How did you even find this thread?  :))
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #165 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 09:42:19 »
How did you even find this thread?  :))
I made the thread :cool: .....it was never lost.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #166 on: Tue, 17 April 2018, 21:53:58 »
Still bothers me can't wait for my new keyboard to get here so I can stop typing on these dirty caps.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #167 on: Wed, 18 April 2018, 00:43:31 »
1. Burn;
2. Buy new;
3. Clean, pretty, shiny.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #168 on: Wed, 18 April 2018, 09:06:37 »
1. Burn;
2. Buy new;
3. Clean, pretty, shiny.

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #169 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 00:39:16 »
oh yes when people have white keycaps and munch on some cheetos without washing their hands before typing, makes me want to cry :')

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #170 on: Sat, 21 April 2018, 15:25:21 »
Mental note #1:  Never buy from swimmingbird, he's filthy!

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #171 on: Sat, 05 May 2018, 18:17:19 »
Yes... I clean my keyboard on a daily basis

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #172 on: Fri, 18 May 2018, 17:32:30 »
just clean them

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #173 on: Mon, 21 May 2018, 04:29:23 »
Yes, I use lens wipe to clean them.
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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #174 on: Fri, 01 June 2018, 23:39:34 »
Also I have a sleeve to put my keyboard into when I'm not using it , moisture and dust exposure really gets me sometimes..
Previously I did'nt do this and after some cold nights I'd wake up to moist keys   :-X

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #175 on: Fri, 01 June 2018, 23:43:43 »
Oh and for white/light colored keycaps, specs of dust combined with moisture would smudge them so I'd have to periodically wipe them down with some alcohol solvent , it's esp worse if your desk setup is close to a window   :-[

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #176 on: Mon, 04 June 2018, 13:30:21 »
i constantly wash my hands due to preventing this

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #177 on: Mon, 04 June 2018, 15:29:53 »
I'm not overly picky with cleanliness with dust, though I try my best to avoid any Cheetos-hands type situations with my nice keyboards!

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Re: Does it bother anyone else when your keycaps get dirty?
« Reply #178 on: Thu, 07 June 2018, 12:56:11 »
Yes, even worse when my co-worker has messy caps. I canít stand when people donít keep them clean!


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