What to you do to stop the keys of your laptop from jamming/sticking?

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  1. GoodLady profile image90
    GoodLadyposted 9 years ago

    What to you do to stop the keys of your laptop from jamming/sticking?

    Is there a product you use, a procedure you follow a place where yo go to fix it?  Is it a sign of over wear and tear?

  2. Anil and Honey profile image61
    Anil and Honeyposted 9 years ago

    My computer is perfect. But I am fearful. A hardware mechanic can refit it.so visit a mechanic.

  3. rutley profile image63
    rutleyposted 9 years ago

    I wondered this also as my "e" always sticks....I thought the kids dripped something on it.  I'll look forward to the answer.  Happy Thanksgiving GoodLady!

    1. GoodLady profile image90
      GoodLadyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      let's hope we get someone with the right answer soon!  Nice to see you here.  Happy Thanksgiving r!  (I'm Penelope by the way)

  4. loveofnight profile image72
    loveofnightposted 9 years ago

    I don't have the answer but I had to comment because I am having the same problem with two of the keys on my laptop and I am it's only user. I will be looking out for that answer.

    1. GoodLady profile image90
      GoodLadyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      So far that's 4 of us waiting for the answer!!  We're in good company.

  5. CreeViking profile image86
    CreeVikingposted 9 years ago

    What's causing the sticking/jamming?

    Most people who have food and drink around their computers will have this issue at one point or another. Myself included.

    What I do is turn off the laptop, unplug and with it open I turn it upside down and run my hands gently but firmly over the entire keyboard, left to right then right to left. This usually dislodges crumbs and dust particles that  can get underneath you keys and cause this to happen.

    If we are talking about a sticky substance that has gotten on your keyboard, perhaps some pop that has spilled and has since dried, it only takes a drop. Then I would suggest a moist but not 'dripping' Q-Tip be applied to the specific key in question, you can gently insert the Q-Tip under the key in question and try to remove any sticky substance that may be there.

    You can purchase cans of compressed air from computer stores (or Walmart) and then 'blow' whatever debris is in there out of the way.

    Barring that you can always remove each key and clean it one at a time. it's tricky putting them back on with many laptop keyboards.

    There are plastic overlays you can get from specialist computer stores (don't think you will find these at Walmart, but to be honest I never really looked for them there)

    Or you can cover the keyboard with plastic wrap but be careful if your laptop heats up

    hope this helps

    1. GoodLady profile image90
      GoodLadyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Just what I was hoping to learn.  Thank you!

    2. CreeViking profile image86
      CreeVikingposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      you are very welcome and good luck with this - to all of you

    3. loveofnight profile image72
      loveofnightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I think that I am going for the keyboard overlay.Along with making sure that there are no crumbs to worry about.Thanks for the info.

  6. howlermunkey profile image78
    howlermunkeyposted 9 years ago


    I would try compressed air first. You can also remove the keyboard entirely (just google the model for the instruction manual).

    Usually I've been able to get them with air, but you can buy a replacement keyboard on ebay for around $20.00, and they are very easy to replace!

    (flat head screwdriver and one ribbon cable underneath)

    1. loveofnight profile image72
      loveofnightposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      good info, thanks

    2. GoodLady profile image90
      GoodLadyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I had no idea that a new keyboard cost so little!  Many thanks.  I think I will pay a visit to the big computer shop in town and buy the spray and ask about a new keyboard!

  7. dianetrotter profile image65
    dianetrotterposted 9 years ago

    I cleaned under my keys.  There is a pressurized spray you can buy at most computer stores.  Walmart may have it.

    1. GoodLady profile image90
      GoodLadyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      m hoping to find a version of it where I live in Italy!  THAT would be very helpful.

  8. dailytop10 profile image86
    dailytop10posted 9 years ago

    Keyboard jamming is often caused by a worn out rubber platform. Simply replace it with a new one to eliminate your worries.

    1. GoodLady profile image90
      GoodLadyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I had never heard about that.  Shall speak to my computer guy since I'm still under guarantee. (I think?)

  9. BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image76
    BLACKANDGOLDJACKposted 9 years ago

    Yes indeed, CreeViking's answer is very good.

    I spilled a beer on my laptop keyboard a couple months ago. I dried it off as best I could with a paper towel and Q-tips and then turned it over opened (like CreeViking said) and let it sit for a day. I also have a notebook and a desktop so it's not like I was desperate for a computer to use. The next day I turned it on. No video display. I plugged in an external monitor. It worked fine except a couple keys were sticky and the delete key didn't work. Anyway, after a about a week or so it started working fine again. The video came back gradually. First it didn't work at all, then it started working sometimes, and now it's back to normal.

  10. profile image54
    ubermonkposted 9 years ago

    With the power off use rubbing alcohol on your qtips. Prying up and pressing back down for stubbon keys. Compressed air to dry. Allow a few mins for any additional residue to dry.


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