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How do I fix a sticky keyboard?

I spilled some soda on my keyboard..everything works fine but some keys (and the space bar) are sticky, and it's a pain to type on. How do I fix it?

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you can try carefully removing the affected key caps, then use a q-tip dampened with alcohol to clean the residue from the under the key. Don't forget to clean the underside of the keycaps as well.

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How can you tell if your Keyboard has removable key caps? My Spectre 13-ae052nr has this issue (Ketchup from an exploding prank) and I don't want to damage the keyboard just trying to remove what amounts to a mild annoyance.

Edit: FYI the Spectre has a non-replaceable keyboard. You have to replace the entire palm rest assembly meaning re-constructing the entire computer (minus the touchscreen) on a new piece.

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Take a can of compressed air and spray all around (and under, you don't have to take them out) the keys.

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I've done what David suggests many times. Compressed air will not remove soda syrup. Direct access is the only way.

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If it's dried and hardened it will remove hardened soda particulates.

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Oh wise and all-knowing rab777hp, how exactly do dried and hardened soda particulates cause keys to be "sticky"? In my over-inflated ego and under-utilized grey matter, a HARD and DRIED soda 'particulate' wouldn't be anything close to sticky. However, most current brands of soda utilize Hydrogenated corn syrup, and NOT sugar. Therefore: The (supposedly) hard and 'DRY' sugar is encased in corn oil, which takes months to evaporate. Even in a very hot, dry climate.

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