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Sticky spacebar key following softdrink splash

I spilled a couple drops of Monster energy drink on my laptop right around the base of the space key. It was fine at first, but a few days after, I noticed the keyboard was very unresponsive in popping back into place any other key. It’s like it is slowing to pop back up and never really comes back up to normal position fully. Any thoughts on the easiest/cheapest way to remedy this? I tried taking damp printer paper and sliding it underneath the key and that actually seemed to help that day. A few days later and it’s back to the same unresponsiveness. Any helpful thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

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The remaining sugar is your problem. You dissolved it temporarily by applying damp paper, but once the water evaporates the sugar gets sticky again. You should get rid of the sugar residue, but depending on where it ended up that can be a pain. Best chance is to remove the space key and check where it’s still sticky. Be carefull, there’s a delicate mechanism under the key. Watch a video on this if you’re not sure. Tip: use IPA (isopropyl alcohol) to clean, not water. IPA als dissolves the sugar but it does not corrode anything over time. It also evaporates a lot quicker than water. If you don’t succeed in removing all of the sugar you can apply a little bit of silicone spray, that can help the key mechanism to move easier.

Good luck, and remember: a new keyboard is not expensive, so it can’t really hurt much to try the repair yourself!

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Brandon Seaver sarà eternamente grato.
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