- Lineman's pliers or, alternatively, needlenose pliers
- Cotton swabs (Q-tips)
- Philips-head screwdriver
- small flathead screwdriver (or other small prying device)
- old toothbrush
- compressed air
- rubbing alcohol
- Unplug it from the computer. While this might seem obvious, some people might go commando and use the thing while in the process of cleaning it. You've been warned. ;-)
- Remove (no exaggeration) 21 screws from the underside.
- Place right side up and wiggle off the faux-leather wrist rests.
- Remove a screw from under each of the newly-removed wrist rests.
- Find a small flathead screwdriver (or some other flat prying object), slide under the front edge of the space bar and gently give it a twist. The spacebar should pop right out. Set it aside.
- Remove two silver screws and then remove the top cover. Note that this will require some wiggling becase there are a few plastic catches sort-of holding it in place, such as in front below the F-Lock light.
- If your keyboard is anything like mine was, you'll need to be able to clean under what's left, so remove 4 more screws under where the Back and Forward buttons normally are along with the metal bar they hold down.
- Remove the silicone overlays.
- The best way I've found to get the keycaps out is to use one hand with the pliers to slightly pinch together catch for the keycap while gently pulling on it from the other side with your other hand. If you pinch too much, you'll bend the plastic on the catch and possibly break it, which would be a Bad Thing (TM).
- If the warranty was good on your keyboard, it certainly isn't now.
- It's amazing how many crumbs (and in my case, cat hair) fall in between the keys and collect in this thing
- The compressed air will come in really handy for cleaning under the components that are still in place.
- The bigger keys (spacebar, Backspace, Caps Lock, number pad +, etc.) have a little metal bar that slides under a couple of plastic "hooks" which are a great place for crud to collect and make the action for those keys pretty gummy. Cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol work well for cleaning it from the back side of the key grid.
- The silver buttons at the top shouldn't need cleaning unless something has been spilled on your keyboard.
- Cleaning an empty grid is pretty easy with the sprayer hose on the kitchen sink. You *might* be able to get away with running the grid through the dishwasher, but you might melt the plastic, so don't complain to me if it does.