What do you use for cleaning?

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What do you use for cleaning?

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Every keyboard is made of different materials, so I always like to ask the professionals...

For an M8x, what do you use to clean sweat, etc. off of the keys, and do you use anything different for the panel?
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microfibre cloth damp with lcd screen cleaner
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For the keys microfiber cloth works great, usually with some windows cleaning solution or just a bit of water. Also I guess baby wipes would work but would take longer to dry and I am not really fond of the smell either!
Dust is not usually a big issue for the case, as I have a dust cover.
LCD cleaner for the display. I have used a screen protector (I've cut one for a tablet to size) but as the screen is resistive touch, it sometimes interferes with operation and it is annoying.
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Just a large fluffy makeup brush for dust! Haven't felt the need to clean the screen yet so good to see some tips. Would lens cleaning wipes be a no-no due to the alcohol content?
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Great stuff guys, thanks!

I didn't even know that LCD cleaner was a thing.

I've used damp microfiber cloths before, though sometimes it takes more to get the sweat off. I thought of window cleaning solution but wasn't sure if it would be harmful to the keys, which is one of the reasons for my question.

I also hadn't thought of a makeup brush (apparently I've been single for far too long). I do use dust covers, but they're the stretchy type and aren't always 100% with the fine grained stuff. I'll have to swing by the chick section next time I'm at the grocery store.
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Davelet wrote: Tue Jul 09, 2024 7:56 am Just a large fluffy makeup brush for dust! Haven't felt the need to clean the screen yet so good to see some tips. Would lens cleaning wipes be a no-no due to the alcohol content?
Me too, I brought a specialist duster for getting between the knobs. And a damp cloth when necessary
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I just found a return or open box Shark which is cheaper than the for electronics vacs which seem cheap.

I do not want a battery to have to charge.

Plus I can do the actual floor too. I bought this "for electronics" adaptor because it's for delicate surfaces.

You don't have to buy a name brand they are all from China anyway and you can find some really cheap.

I have been using a car brush but it does just stir up the dust over and over again.
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That's a lotta knobs, davlippo7 (and an industrial strength vacuum). Maybe you should just hire a maid!

Good point about just stirring up the dust, though. It has to go somewhere. For the M, maybe the dust gets brushed to the flat surfaces where a micro fiber or damp cloth like Derek uses can pick it up.
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I lose more knobs this way. :D

It can perhaps extract particles from around the keys and small crevices, seams, joints, fader groves etc. whereas a cloth can not do this.

I have so much gear that keeping it all covered is a pain unless it get one very large tarp to cover everything at once.

I'll let you know if the vacuum works after I test it for a while.
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I just received this attachment thought I would show the device and it's ultra soft but I think the bristles are only to focus the vacuum flow as you move it along.

It's a decent size larger than I thought showing it to scale below.
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Well, that sucks.

But that's a good thing, right? :)
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Yes, it's very sucky! but air must still be able to enter the tube unlike shown below. :confusion-confused:
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That made me think of my little Black and Decker Dustbuster, which has a flip down brush, so I walked it over the the Kronos and nope, wouldn't trust my knobs and sliders to it.

In this age of computers, wouldn't you think someone would sell a more miniature hand held, brushy-type vacuum for smaller surfaces? At least we wouldn't feel like we were going after sparrows with an elephant gun.
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ChrisDuncan wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 8:14 pm In this age of computers, wouldn't you think someone would sell a more miniature hand held, brushy-type vacuum for smaller surfaces? At least we wouldn't feel like we were going after sparrows with an elephant gun.
They made plenty of these during, well, the 90s and packaged them as several 'different' types: for keyboards , camcorders (!), cameras, hifi systems etc.
They basically all sucked by, you guessed it, not sucking at all ((i))
I had one and it just did the sound effects of a vacuum cleaner but nothing else really. But maybe now you could try one of these rechargeable ones they sell for cars, kitchen countertops etc.
Or even better, to not let dust get too deep and use a microfiber cloth.
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sonic2000gr wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2024 8:40 pm Or even better, to not let dust get too deep and use a microfiber cloth.
Now that sounds like a sensible plan!
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