Cleaning my mechanical keyboard
Friday, March 29, 2013

CM Storm Quickfire TK with 80% keys removed

Bought this baby about 3 months ago, and I have been using it rather extensively everyday since. If you know one thing or two about keyboards, it's that it is dirty. How dirty is it exactly? It's dirtier than your toilet. [source 1, source 2, source 3, source 4]
*to be fair, a toilet is actually really really clean. It's built to be anti-germ and anti-bacterial after all.

So it's the first time since I got this that I'm going to clean it extensively. This of course, requires taking out all the keys as you can see.

Just in case, I aligned all of them correctly when I took it out, better safe than sorry.

I think my skills of taking pictures/blogging has dropped. I should've taken a picture of the ring I use to remove the keys, I should've taken a picture of the keyboard with the dust and hair in it, but I didn't. So you have to put up with the following paragraph.

The keys comes out fairly easily, there's a little plastic thingy that you jam into the keys and just pluck them out. Now for the disgusting part, most of your keyboard's junk comes from your hair. It may seem mild until you see strands and strands of hair stuck in the weirdest positions, interlocking each other. It's something you have to see for yourself to understand, just clean your keyboard, you ought to. 
(random thought: the one time being bald is beneficial)

Went out today to get this bottle of compressed air. You won't guess how expensive this bottle of air is.

It's fifteen fucking bucks, spelt with an F.

I don't know how they manage to persuade me to buy a bottle of nothingness for $15, but they got me good, real good.

Alright enough jokes, it's more expensive than it needs to be but it's not as cheap as you might think. It's not totally compressed air inside, there's a liquid that evaporates to generate the pressure needed, then the bottle will get cold Result, it works far longer than just a bottle of air.

Anyway, as you can tell I get a little OCD about my hardware. I was going to clean my desktop at the same time but I just couldn't find the vacuum cleaner for whatever reasons. However, all these little quirks doesn't exist without a reason. It's not that I must have a keyboard in pristine condition*, but for something that I'm going to put my hands on for a prolong period of time, I think this amount of cleanliness is appropriate.
*my Logitech Illuminate is still in good shape

Man, in retrospect, this seems like such a pointless thing to write about. Oh well, who cares.

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