How To Clean Your Keycaps and Keep Them Looking New
If your keycaps look dirty and grimy, it’s time to clean them. Cleaning your keycaps is a relatively straightforward process that can be done with a few simple items. Keycaps can become dirty from use, food and drink spills, or dust accumulation. Keep reading to learn how to use Krytox 205g0 to keep your keycaps clean and looking new.
How do you use Krytox 205g0 to clean your keycaps?
Krytox 205g0 is a fluorinated lubricant that is used to clean keycaps. It can also be used on other items, such as vinyl records and camera lenses. The lubricant can help remove dirt, dust, and grime from the surface of the keycaps. It’s also effective in removing fingerprints and oils from the surface. Krytox 205g0 can be applied with a brush or cloth. The lubricant should be allowed to sit for a few minutes to penetrate the dirt and grime. The keycaps can then be wiped clean with a cloth or brush.
The science we know about Krytox 205g0 is that the result resembles a mix of Krytox GPL 105 oil and Krytox GPL 205 Grade 2 grease. The grade 2 grease is thickened with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a fluorocarbon-based polymer. This lubricant is chemically stable and can be used in various applications. This lubricant was designed for industrial use but has gained a following among mechanical keyboard enthusiasts and specialists because it’s said to be a high-performance lubricant that is more affordable than Krytox GPL 205.
To lube your mechanical keyboard switches with 205 grade 0, you will need a few things: a switch opener, a brush, a pointy or flat size 0 or 2/0 size brush, a stem holder, and some tweezers. Open your switch, and reserve each part of your switch in a bowl or container. Take your brush and dip it in the oil, then apply it to the metal contacts of the switch. You want to ensure that the metal parts are well coated, so you might need to review them a few times. Do the same for the slider and the stem. Next, use the tweezers to put the stem back in place. Ensure it’s secure and the metal contacts are still covered in oil. If there is any excess oil, you can wipe it off with a paper towel. Repeat these steps for every switch on your keyboard. When you’re finished, your keyboard should feel much smoother and more responsive.
How do you remove your keycaps?
To remove the keycap from the keyboard, gently insert a small flathead screwdriver between the top of the cap and the base of the stem and pry it off. Be careful not to break off the stem or damage the keyboard. You may also need to wiggle the cap back and forth slightly before it pops off. You can use a toothbrush to clean stubborn dirt or grime from around the stem of the cap. Just be sure not to scrub too hard, so you don’t damage the plastic. If your keycap is missing or damaged, you can replace it with a new one by unscrewing the old one and placing a new one.
How do you apply a silicone protector?
A silicone keyboard protector is a thin piece placed over your keyboard to protect the keys and keep them looking new. It’s important to clean your keycaps and keep them free of dust and debris to ensure the proper functionality of the silicone keyboard protector. You can use a can of compressed air or an air duster to remove any large particles or dust from the keycaps. Next, use a lightly dampened cloth to remove any remaining dirt or debris. Finally, apply a thin layer of silicone keyboard protectors to the top of each keycap.
Cleaning your keycaps can help them look new and maintain the appearance and function of your keyboard. Keycaps can be easily stained or damaged, so it’s important to clean them regularly and take care when handling them.