How best to clean an Apple ][+ keyboard

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How best to clean an Apple ][+ keyboard

Hi,

I'm trying to clean an Apple II+ keyboard. All the keys are working, but it's supper dusty under the keys and there are a few cobwebs. What's the best way to clean it?

Thanks!
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Re: How best to clean an Apple ][+ keyboard

I usually remove it & pull the key caps to clean. Easiest, most thorough.

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Re: How best to clean an Apple ][+ keyboard

One comment on removing the key caps.

If you don't have a special key puller, I got a really cool one from Japan, you can save your fingers by getting two o-ring hook tools. You can find them at stores like Harbor Freight tools.

https://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-o-ring-hook-scribe-set-42159.html

Notice the tool with the hook, not the pick on one end.

If you hook tool under two diagonally opposite corners, pull straight up, then the key caps pop right off.

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Re: How best to clean an Apple ][+ keyboard

Like Macnoyd said but use a vacuum so you don't blow any of the stuff further into the key switch.
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... and either take a picture of the keyboard before you pull the keycaps, or lay it on a copier and take an image.

You'll think you'll remember where all the keys go, but...

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... Or google "Apple II Keyboard" and take your pick of the 100's of photos Smile

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Re: How best to clean an Apple ][+ keyboard

Thanks for the feedback everyone!

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Re: How best to clean an Apple ][+ keyboard

Or if you have the white Apple II Reference Manual, there's a key diagram in there.

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