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Poll: The strangest thing I've found when cleaning my keyboard:
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Sep 2, 2007

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "The strangest thing I've found when cleaning my keyboard:".

This poll was originally submitted by Manuel Martín-Iguacel

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Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:33
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Italian to Spanish
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Other Sep 2, 2007

All of the above!!icon_biggrin.gif


Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:33
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French to English
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Fluff Sep 2, 2007

As well as all the above, quantities of fluff - enough to knit half a cardigan. Best way of extracting it is half a bent paperclip, gently pulled along all the grooves.
Jenny "aka La Tricoteuse".


DianaMoore  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:33
English to Spanish
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M&M and Frosties Sep 2, 2007

I have found pieces of M&Ms and Frosties on the PC keyboard (kids).

Just fluff on the laptop.

Jenny, I don't want you walking around with 1/2 cardigan this winter. So, if you need more fluff just ask.

[Edited at 2007-09-02 13:11]


KathyT  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:33
Japanese to English
Ewwwww... Sep 2, 2007

...was my first reaction on reading some of those poll options!



Rodrigo Mencía  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:33
English to Spanish
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Whenever I clean it... Sep 2, 2007

Whenever I clean it, I end up destroying my keyboard and buying a new one. Now I bought a wireless keyboard and I clean it every single day to avoid opening it and destroying it again and again and again...


Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:33
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English to Spanish
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Corn flakes, bugs, clips... Sep 2, 2007

... hair, children stuff, and tons of dust.

There are also unidentified entities I do not dare to investigateicon_wink.gif.

Good weekend to all,



Fiamma Lolli
Local time: 02:33
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seeds... Sep 2, 2007

... and the smallest feather I've ever seen. But I live in the country and the window is always open to the birds...icon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2007-09-02 14:13]


María Eugenia Wachtendorff  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:33
English to Spanish
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A small gold earring Sep 2, 2007

And it is still there, because I would not dare to open my beloved keyboard. Therefore, everyday I shake it face-down and move the little piece of gold below the spacebar so it will not interfere with my work.icon_biggrin.gif


Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:33
English to Romanian
Not dead insects, but living ants Sep 2, 2007

I've had an ant invasion during these rainy days... and I've just found them carrying away the crumbs from my keyboard. So they proved very useful in the end!

[Editat la 2007-09-02 14:54]


M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:33
English to Polish
Never clean it Sep 2, 2007

Back at school, on computer classes (it were times of Windows 3.1icon_smile.gif) I learned only one thing: NEVER eat or drink at a computer station.

So whenever I eat or drink something, I always keep it far from my keyboard (especially since I have a laptop now and spoiling something on it may even kill the whole machine). The only cleaning I do is dust cleaning - although not really needed, as there is not time for dust to sit on my keyboardicon_wink.gif

My old keyboard from old PC survived 8 years without any cleaning - I imagine it's due to not eating&drinking habit, so I'll keet it that wayicon_wink.gif



Anne Patteet  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:33
English to French
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Nails??? Sep 2, 2007

Is anybody that "rough and tough" with his or her keyboard? I mean, how strongly do you type? Ouch!

I'm like M. Anna, I hate getting close to the keyboard with food or drinks. Not that I'm a camel or anything, I do drink -and eat, but I keep those on a little table next to my desk, and I use my wheeled chair (not wheel chair) in order to satisfy my hunger or thirst.
Anyway, I never eat anything sticky or that may fall into crumbs if I'm at the desk. It's more likely to be an apple or sth similar. If I want any kind of junk food, I go to the kitchen and wash my hands afterwards (I'm a bit of a freak, I know). It helps setting limits to this junk eating also.


nordiste  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:33
English to French
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Cat's hair and whiskers Sep 2, 2007

My cat likes to walk on my keyboard or sit on it, especially when it's supper time and I stay at my desk to late.


Claudia Aguero  Identity Verified
Costa Rica
Local time: 18:33
Spanish to English
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Staples, pieces of paper... Sep 2, 2007

All of the above plus staples, pieces of paper, dried glue, some other things I need to certify my translations or to prepare my university lessons.

I often clean my keyboard using a brush, which proves a very useful way of dusting it without damaging the keys. Another method is taking a deep breath and boliwing into the keys; it is a real suprise everything that flies from my keyboard...of course I cannot forget the Costa Rican way of repairing things: gently hitting the back of the keyboard is really useful.

If none of these methods works to get rid of the garbage, I take out some keys and clean the surrounding areas. So far, my keyboard continues working without any problems.


Mark Nathan  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:33
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French to English
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Dishwasher? Sep 2, 2007

Apparently you can put keyboards in the dishwasher and they come out as good as new.
I've never had the nerve to try this - has anyone else?

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