The dirtiest Keyboard of 2021

Performa

Active member
If you've got a dirtier keyboard, I'd like to see it. 😄

Supplied to me by @PS2it this old IBM Aptiva keyboard has definitely seen some better days. Thankfully, some better days are ahead of it too. 😉



Doesn't look too bad? Have a look inside!



Unfortunately (fortunately) smells don't translate across the internet- after getting the keys off this smelled mighty fragrant in a rather unpleasant way. Thankfully the smell has since been knocked down by some baking soda, and the cleanup process is underway! Hopefully you'll see this keyboard in action elsewhere on the site here, and (hopefully) at a show in the near future!
 

Performa

Active member
To be clear, this is a very cool piece of old 90's tech (in black, no less!) so getting this thing cleaned up is going to be a lot of fun- as there's a great piece of hardware under the smoky dust and debris. Drying now, will update soon!
 

Performa

Active member
If you've got a dirtier keyboard to share, post a thread and link it here! Whoever has the "dirtiest keyboard" at the end of 2021 will win a prize! 😁
 

PS2it

Member
Wow, I can't believe it was that gross, I should've included some gloves and a respirator!

Probably not something to brag about, but I might have you beat (at least comparable), I'll have to dig through some keyboards in storage.
 

Performa

Active member
Wow, I can't believe it was that gross, I should've included some gloves and a respirator!

Probably not something to brag about, but I might have you beat (at least comparable), I'll have to dig through some keyboards in storage.
Can't wait to see it! 😁
 

MattPilz

New member
This weekend I restored an Atari XE that had been sitting in a box in someone's shed/garage for decades... The "before" photo is actually already after quite a bit of clean-up had been done.


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Edit - And one more photo of when I just wiped a sponge across the key rows a couple times. 🤢 It was really disgusting.

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