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Give Your Keyboard a Bath

Man did I ever mess up recently.

I have this awesome computer keyboard that Santa brought to me for Christmas called the Eclipse II Keyboard from Saitek.

It’s great for typing on in the dark, which I do often late at night. It has 3 colors to choose from, red, blue, and purple. You can dial its brightness up or down to suite your needs. It also comes with built in media controls for volume and such.

Here  are its features

  • Key characters and keypad illuminate through laser-etched keys
  • Media keys for volume control, play/pause and skip tracks
  • Variable backlighting adjusts through dimmer mechanism
  • Angle adjustment and extendable wrist rest for maximum comfort to suit the way you type
  • Weighted base with large area rubber feet to keep keyboard securely planted to the desk
  • Quiet, cushioned keys for hours of stress-free use
  • I love this keyboard!

    When you have a desk as messy as mine (trust me I know right where everything is) and you reach to get something like a pen, and there is a huge glass of iced tea close by, BE CAREFUL!

    I pulled my hand back with the pen in it and whammo pulled the tea glass down on its side and it spilled the tea all over my keyboard which was on a lower level pullout keyboard rest.

    It got soaked, drenched with sugary iced tea.

    I thought oh @#$@ my keyboard is ruined!!!

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    Then I took a breath and remembered that I have read about this happening and many users have simply washed the keyboards in the bathtube or under a water hose and let it dry. I was reluctant to do this at first, becuase at this point it was indeed working, but the keys were sticking in the down postion. That was frustrating. After A day of this I figured I would give the tub a shot.

    On day two I ran cold water over it in the tub. Then I proceeded to go to my shop where I have an air compress and a blower and blew every trace of water I get off and out of it.

    I figured this might be sufficient. I read that you should wait about 3 or 4 days before plugging it in but hey I had a air compressor and pretty much got all the water out, so it should be good to go right?

    W R O N G

    I plugged it up and the lights blinked on it and it didnt work at all. I thought oh great now in my haste I ruined it.

    I tried it a day later and same thing. Then another day later and same thing.

    Before I sat down to right this, I did a little bit of a clean up job in my office, and I plugged it back up once more just to see if it would work before I tossed this almost $80.00 keyboard in the garbage.

    Well whadayaknow, IT WORKS LIKE BRAND NEW!!!! I guess you CAN rinse a keyboard and it work really well again. It took about 5 days for the keyboard to completly dry out, but its now working great.

    So if this ever happens to you, remember you CAN rinse it clean, just give it a fair amount of time to air dry before plugging it back in.

    If you happen to be a laptop user, it won’t be so easy. I do not recommend you put your laptop under the running tub water and try to clean it out. If you spill a glass of tea or cup of coffee on your laptop, pray you are still in warranty and have purchased the plan that covers such things.

    All this talk about tea is making me thirsty.

    Talk to ya later.

    P.S. If you ever accidentally leave an ipod nano in your shorts and wash them, you can revive the nano by placing/burying it in a small bowl of instant rice, DRY of course, and it will take out the moisture. After about 3 days, it will power on as if nothing ever happend. How do I know this?

    1 comment so far ↓

    #1 Diane on 08.29.08 at 10:12 am

    Didn’t mean to laugh about this, but I could just see your panic from your discription. Glad it all worked out.

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