How to fix a sticky laptop key

Many of us use our computers daily, sometimes all day. So it is normal for dust, dirt and grime to get into the small spaces of our devices, including the keyboard.


Stuck in dirt can often lead to a sticky laptop key, making typing a lot more challenging. So, how can you safely fix a sticky laptop key?


A few preliminary warnings

It can be tricky to remove a key from your keyboard, but it’s crucial that you don’t use sharp objects in such a process. While a sharp tool may seem like the best option for getting under a key, it can cause significant damage to the keyboard itself. So make sure to use a slightly blunt object for this procedure (which we’ll discuss later).

In addition, use only water to clean loose keys. Keep water well away from the laptop itself, as it certainly doesn’t mix well with electricity.

It is also best to turn off your laptop before attempting to clean the keys. This way you don’t accidentally perform functions on your laptop when you press the keys, and the whole process is generally easier.

Now let’s see how to fix sticky keys on laptop.

1. Use compressed air

If your laptop key is just a little stiff, you may be able to get away with using non-invasive cleaning techniques, such as compressed air. Compressed air containers are great for cleaning technology as they can get into the nooks and crannies of your appliances without causing any damage.

Many use compressed air to clean desktop PCs, game consoles and other delicate technology.

To do this, slowly move the bushing around the key and continue to use compressed air until you feel the key come loose.

You can also use other products to lightly clean your keyboard, such as a fine brush or keyboard vacuum. But keep in mind that these solutions, along with compressed air, are good at removing dust, crumbs, and similar grime from your laptop. They probably won’t be effective at moving more resilient dirt.

To thoroughly clean a sticky laptop key, you probably need to remove it from the laptop.

2. Remove the key

To remove a laptop key, you will need tweezers or a screwdriver. You can also use a specialized key remover, but you don’t have to bother buying one.

These objects are perfect for placing under keys without causing damage. You can also use a dull knife, such as a butter butter knife, if you don’t have tweezers or a screwdriver handy. But you should be careful and use such tools with caution when dealing with vulnerable devices.

It may also be possible to remove your laptop key with your fingers, but this can be a bit tricky and time consuming.

To remove your key, gently slide your tool under it to hold it tight.

Then tilt the tool upwards to gently pull the wrench away. Do not push your tool too deep under the keyboard as this may cause damage. Simply tilt your tool until the key clicks off the base.

Cleaning your keys

If you want to clean your keys thoroughly, you can soak them in warm water with dish soap. Let them soak for a while so that all the dirt is removed. You can also use a cotton swab to remove stubborn dirt from the back of your keys.

Rubbing alcohol on a cloth or cotton swab can also be very helpful in removing dirt. Alternatively, you can use isopropyl alcohol to achieve the same effect. You can even use gift wrap to easily remove dirt from your keys, although this may not be effective for all types of grime.

After cleaning your keys, they should be thoroughly dried before reattaching them to the keyboard. You can let them dry for a few hours or pat them dry with a cloth or paper towel.

Sticky laptop keys are frustrating, but can be fixed

Trying to type with one or more sticky laptop keys can be more than annoying. But it is not a permanent condition. By using the tips above, you can safely attach sticky keys to your laptop to remove dirt and start typing again.

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