Every one of us uses a keyboard irrespective of our field of work. A writer uses the same keyboard as a teacher or a doctor.
The technical era has brought all of us together in the field of technology and working techniques. Thus, all of the work is done in digital format, and the usage of a keyboard is inevitable.
But while using the keyboard, we often forget about the maintenance and end up with a faulty or broken keyboard.
Keyboards require maintenance to showcase durability, and one of the easiest and most important caring the keyboard needs is clearing it of any dirt and debris.
The dust can be cleared by removing the keycaps, which can be easily done without any fancy tools.
The keycaps are the buttons on the top of switches, which are printed with the letters, numbers, or characters for reference, to know which key we are pressing.
These keycaps can also be removed from the keyboard and put back on easily. There are various reasons why the keycaps need to be removed, here is why.
With continuous usage of a keyboard over quite some time, or due to something spilling or getting into the valleys of the keyboard (the spaces between keys), the keyboard gets dirty and dusty, which needs to be cleaned.
A thorough cleaning can be done by removing the caps and then cleaning the accumulated debris. Cleaning the underlying dust can also be done without removing the keycaps, but the dust particles remaining in there may cause some glitches later.
Thus, it is more favorable to take off keycaps to clean the keyboard.
Sometimes, the switches of the keyboard, which are present below the keys, and aid in registering the clicks, need to be changed.
The purpose behind changing the keycaps may be to replace broken switches or to change the switch type.
For example, if your keyboard comes with a blue switch, you might want to change it to a brown switch, and for this, you will need to remove the keycaps to operate on the switches easily.
Customized keyboards are super cool and super trendy. You can either buy customized keyboards at a high price or do it on your own.
You can personalize the keys to get a different feel, customized colors, pictures, or themes.
Opting for fancy tools to remove the keycaps can be quite time-consuming and also clearly unnecessary when you can do it just without tools.
The two types of the keyboard- the membrane and mechanic, both of their keycaps can be removed without using any tools.
Here is how.
The membrane keyboard or the general keyboard is the one most widely used for general purposes. The dome present in these keyboards is rubber domes that aid in registering the keystrokes.
The membrane keyboards are budget-oriented and the best suited for typing, and other general uses.The keycaps of these keyboards can be removed without any professional tools.
All you need to grab is some items easily available around you and give them a go. The items you need to pull out the keycaps of a membrane keyboard are.
After you have collected these items, follow the steps below to clean your membrane keyboard.
This way, the keys of the membrane keyboard can be removed, without using any professional tools, to clean the keyboard or change the caps.
Mechanical keyboards or gaming keyboards are those keyboards that contain a switch under the keycaps that have numbers, alphabets, or functions printed on them. The switches are metal stems that make contact with the PCB when the key is pressed, and register the keystroke.
Generally, removing the keycaps, you may need a keycap puller for a gaming keyboard. While some keyboards come with a keycap puller from the manufacturer, a few don’t.
Since we are looking to remove the keycaps without a tool, we will prefer using a paperclip, a credit card, or something similar to it.
Removing the keycaps of a mechanical keyboard is simpler than that of a membrane keyboard. You do not need any screwdrivers or splitting the keyboard in half.
After you have all the items needed to open the keycaps, follow the steps below.
Generally, mechanical keyboards come with backlighting. So, to reduce the chances of damaging the lighting, turn the lighting off and unplug the keyboard.
Another benefit of the mechanical keyboard is that you can clean a particular portion of the keyboard just by removing the keycaps of that particular section instead of opening up the whole keyboard and removing all the keys.
Now that you know how to remove the keycaps of a mechanical keyboard, you might as well know how to clean the keyboard to enhance its durability.
A mechanical keyboard, if maintained properly can work excellently for 13-15 years. Thus, it is important to keep the keyboard health in check so you do not miss out on the amazing life of the keyboard.
Cleaning your mechanical keyboard periodically can be highly helpful in achieving the best performance and long life.
Cleaning the keyboard at regular intervals like once in a month or once in two months would help a lot in preventing the accumulation of dirt and grease.
Deferred cleaning involves removing keycaps as we have seen earlier. This cleaning technique can be useful in the removal of the dust and grease that is stubborn and cannot be removed just by outer cleaning.
The keyboard is said to be one of the dirtiest things around us, due to the continuous contact with our fingers and germ transferring and might result in the sickness of the user due to skin to keyboard contact.
Cleaning the mechanical keyboard regularly has numerous benefits. It is necessary to keep the keyboard clean to waive off any unwanted contaminations or germs from its surface. Let’s take a look at certain benefits of cleaning your keyboard regularly.
A clean keyboard will respond to your strokes faster and help you type with greater accuracy. If there’s any dust particle in between the keyboard’s silicon buttons and chipset, it may cause malfunctions and even make the keys unresponsive for a while.
It’s a no-brainer that every mechanical component requires some sort of maintenance to help you make the most out of it. Similarly, if you keep your keyboard clean and tidy, it may last longer and provide you with a good value for money.
If your work involves a lot of typing, you may resonate with the fact that the keys can get quite messy sometimes, especially when you’re eating something too. To ensure that your typing experience remains tidy, consider cleaning your keyboard regularly.
While mechanical keyboards are highly durable, it is also necessary to keep some “Do Not Do’s” in mind. The things that you should never do in cleaning the keyboards are.
Although it’s completely doable to pull off keycaps by hand, we won’t recommend that as the pressure applied will be uneven, as opposed to the recommended practice of applying even pressure, and you may end up either breaking the key or hurting your fingers.
Using a credit card, paper clip, or anything that helps you apply even pressure from one side of the key is hands-down the best way to remove the keycaps from your keyboard.
Yes, it’s absolutely safe to remove keyboard keys without using a specific tool for the purpose. However, make sure you use an alternative that helps you carry out the task efficiently.
Objects like credit cards and paper clips are best for this purpose. You may also use other household items like spoons and more.
Whether you’re writing that next bestseller or looking forward to publishing a new blog for your audience, typing can be a very nasty job sometimes. To make the experience somewhat more pleasant, you can thoroughly clean the keyboard with the help of the aforementioned information.
We hope you find the shared steps informational to remove your keyboard’s keycaps without the need for a dedicated tool.