My son recently spilt orange drink over his keyboard [bless!] but fortunately I had a spare. I spent all last night removing, cleaning the 'board and replacing each key. When I started, the 'W' & 'S' keys would not work in Office and, although I have fixed this, I now have the problem that pressing 'X' alone closes the window, 'S' alone launches search and pressing 'Delete' alone brings up the Task Manager. His keyboard is one of those "multi-function keys" office types and, although its loss is not too much of a problem as I had that replacement, I would like to save it if at all possible for any future emergencies!
I have tried the keyborad on 2 different PCs [the one that it was originally working on and mine] in case of keyboard shortcuts or driver issues but with the same effect.
Depends on the physical assembly.... Take it apart...on a 'good one' of mine, I was able to remove the keyboard top with the keys rattling about as one unit. These could be scrubbed clean without fear of damage
The fancy bits below seemed to be a series of mylar sheets which retained moisture between them for ages after they should have been dry. By careful separation allowing each lamination to dry, when re-assembled it was and is still fine.
Your latest suggests something syrupy? Some keyboards have the individual keys clipped on to it over a plastic (spring loaded boss)
It is possible with these keyboards to lift them off with something slim and hooked under opposite sides of any key. Whatever you use needs to be slim and stiff, perhaps cut from a drinks can. It takes a determined pull on both sides at once, but if you do succeed, you can wash the keys and sponge away the grunge below with a moist cotton bud.
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