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How do I remove keys to clean the key switches?

I cleaned the keyboard with electronic contact cleaner and the keys are sticking. Can I pop the keys off to clean the key switches?

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Most spills result in shorting out the keyboard. You may be wasting your time. What is the model number of the keyboard and do all the work?


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Depending on the exact keyboard you can use a spudger to remove the keys. Doing so however can break the key, or break the scissor lift that it actuates on. Place the edge of the spudger gently under the bottom (from a typing perspective) of a key, and slowly (GENTLY) pry up to release the key. you can then free it from the lift.

I cannot begin to stress the chance for breakage in doing this. The lifts these keys sit on are incredibly small. If you are not 100% certain you can do this without breaking it, I wouldn't.

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