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Spilled Water On Your Keyboard? Here’s What To Do (And Not Do)

Accidents happen. Here's what you need to do to prevent dead keys or an entirely dead keyboard.

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DON’T: Put it in rice

Many people think putting wet devices in rice will remove moisture, but it actually adds wet starch to the problem.

Container of rice

DO: Consider a water-resistant keyboard

If all else fails and your keyboard gets fried, all you can do now is ensure that you don't make the same mistake twice.

An IP32 water-resistent keyboard like the Apex 3 or Apex 3 TKL has enclosed circuits and built-in drainage channels, so you can rest assured that a spill won't end your keyboard ever again.

DO: Unplug it ASAP

Unplug the USB it to cut the power (or remove the batteries if it's a wireless keyboard).

DO: Flip it oer

Stop liquid from going into the keyboard by turning it upside down until the liquid stops dripping. Ideally, leave it flipped over for 24 hours to dry.

DON’T: Use a paper towel

Avoid using paper towels, tissues, or anything that adds more dust and debris to your wet keyboard, just like avoiding rice.

DO: Use a lint-free cloth

This will help avoid adding unneccesary dust and debris to the keyboard.

Basket of cloth towels

DO: Carefully disassemble the keys

If your keys are still sticky after drying, gently remove the membrane or keycaps near the affected area. Use a keycap puller if you have one. Rinse any sticky keycaps with warm water or an alcohol swab. Be sure to take a picture or keep the keycaps in order, so you can easily reassemble them.

DO: Disassemble further if keys are still not working

If keys are acting up, you might need to unscrew your keyboard and try to dry out any moisture that seeped further in. If this still doesn't work, you might be running out of options aside from taking it into a shop or replacing it entirely.

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