Cleaning an Apple Keyboard II

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I have qn Apple Keyboard II (M0487) that is in need of a cleaning. There is all sorts of crud under the keys and I'm trying to figure out how to get the keycaps off so that I could clean beneath them.

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Re: Cleaning an Apple Keyboard II

I find that using an IC chip extractor like the one linked below works fairly well on most mechanical keyboard keys.

https://www.jameco.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10001_10001_16838_-1

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Re: Cleaning an Apple Keyboard II

Yes, I got an IC extractor, so that part is covered. Is it safe to just pull the keycap and is there a spring under?

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Re: Cleaning an Apple Keyboard II

The IC extractor worked a treat. The frame had a good bath along with the keycaps. No more crud. Smile

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Re: Cleaning an Apple Keyboard II

just to mention a step ahead - in case of repair i have published a page with some infos:
http://www.appleii-box.de/D03_1_AppleIIKeyswitchesKeyboardsPage.htm
in case of the need to repair or replace some keyswitches the page might be usefull...
speedyG

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Re: Cleaning an Apple Keyboard II

Thank you for:

posting a link to that page
making that page
making the other page(s)? I know I saw one about a Disk II in the past.
posting on here to help others

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Re: Cleaning an Apple Keyboard II

Here2Learn wrote:

Thank you for:

posting a link to that page
making that page
making the other page(s)? I know I saw one about a Disk II in the past.
posting on here to help others

In fact i have nearly 200 pages at that site.....
the problem for this community:
the majority has been made in German language and it takes months to translate the stuff...
i started months ago and i also started indicating which pages have been translated and
which are still remaining in German language....
main entry to all pages is:
http://www.appleii-box.de/

sincerely speedyG

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Re: Cleaning an Apple Keyboard II

Excellent. I love that there is a great information exchange that goes on, on this site. That we are able to keep these well constructed machines in operational order long past their intended use is neat. SpeedyG deserves the accolades he gets for his great info sharing too.

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Re: Cleaning an Apple Keyboard II

The keyboard has been cleaned and it turned out very nice.

Here you can find pictures of the cleaning process.

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