Comprehensive Cleaning Of Mechanical Keyboard

- Aug 28, 2018-

Generally, mechanical keyboards that have been used for more than a year will accumulate a lot of dust inside (especially in Beijing, such as Emperor's capital), and a lot of skin debris and hair will fall off. Every time you clean the keyboard, you need some psychological preparation. Regular cleaning of keyboard is a necessary choice, whether from a hygienic or aesthetic point of view. The DIY skill teaching this time is to teach you how to clean up your own mechanical keyboard.

Mechanical keyboard cleaning assistant: key pullout

Because the mechanical keyboard is designed with a separate mechanical axis, it is more convenient in the plot keyboard, but we need to add a convenient gadget: the key puller. The key puller, a small accessory, is mainly responsible for separating the key cap from the shaft body, and is more conducive to the user to replace the key cap and other operations.

The basic principle of the mechanical keyboard puller is to force the bottom of the key cap so as to pull the key cap out of the fixed slot of the shaft. The general key puller is mainly two kinds of design, one is a standard key puller, through the chute to the bottom of the key cap force, and the other is the appearance of wire design, wire fixed directly up can be pulled out.

First we start to pull out the key cap, which is to insert the key cap into the slot, and then pull it out. Of course, if you're using the wire puller mentioned above, you're going to fix the wire to the diagonal sides of the cap and lift it up.

It doesn't take a lot of effort to pull the keycap off, but it's also a careful job, because we still need to get it back to normal after all. If you're a careful person, I also recommend keeping the keys pulled out of different keyboard areas separately, which saves you a lot of trouble when you install them.

Key cap removal precautions: prevent injury to shaft

Now let's talk about the details of the key cap removal, because the keyboard's main signal generator is the shaft, so the shaft must be very careful when removing the key cap. If the shaft is damaged, we need to replace the entire shaft, and need to re-weld and other work, even if it is returned to the factory repair also involves a warranty problem. There are some bright spots in the key cap removal. The first is to be careful not to damage the shaft. The second is to be careful about the satellite shaft under the big key cap.

For F1, alphabetic keys and other small caps, we just need to pull out directly with the key puller, the only thing to pay attention to is the direction of force. After we have removed the smaller caps in an area, the larger caps begin to be removed below.

Large keys in the keyboard, such as Shift, Enter, Backspace, and Space, all use a design called the satellite axis. The satellite axis ensures that the larger keys have the same feel when pressed, but the only disadvantage is that it causes a lot of trouble to disassemble. When disassembling the cap, be sure to understand the location of the cap and how the satellite axis is designed, and when disassembling must not use great effort. Although the satellite axis is not a signal function, but through it to go wrong will also seriously affect the feel.

After removing all the keycaps, we get a complete keyboard shaft base, which is OK if you do a simple cleaning job. But actually the keyboard's motherboard is also a dirty disaster area, so we can only further dismantle the keyboard to clean up the dust on the motherboard.