I spilled chilli liquid with sweet (sticky) sauce on my new Tecware Spectre Pro 104 keys keyboard. its about USD67. Like the other guy here, i had hope and spent like 8 hours total to try and save it. this is my first ever mechanical keyboard, i wasn't about to give up on it!
The whole 40% right side was affected. And because it is not just water, it will leave a residue, i had to pluck out every key and switch to see how far the liquid flowed to the left side.
And this is the first time i realized I ABSOLUTELY HATE taking out switches. I don't understand why switch designers made it so hard to plucked these switches for the first time. I literally used all my strength and the tool will just slip off and scratch everywhere else from the sudden slip. I tried a few times and it still wouldn't come off! i had to rest a few times. even the switch removal tool metal part bends! so there's no grip from the tool other than my pure strength!
While plucking with the switch removal tool, I grabbed so hard that I broke almost all the switches in the non-critical area (there's a short thin plastic that serves no purpose, one pinch and it bends and broke).
Because without going full super saiyan 4, i literally couldn't pull it out. I literally cursed and swear.
Digress, this reminds me of the time i went to a dentist to get my milk tooth out, and they inject me with anesthesia and the nurse yank my tooth left and right ,and left and right and she couldn't pull it out. So she got another nurse to come over and BOTH of them yank my tooth with double power, while my head turn on my neck like a joystick.
So that's how i felt when i try to pull out switches.
i used a Q-Tip dipped in soap water to wipe each key and switch twice. The chilli liquid was sticky and oily, it was a nightmare. some RGB lights have disappeared. some keys keeps repeating or typed on their own, meaning the liquid inside is still there. I wanted to tear down to clean the PCB, but the design prevents me from doing so. so the most inner part that has the liquid forever can't be cleaned. some keys died permanently. and some RGB also died.
i saved about 80% of them. but it is no longer useful for me. i need my 104 keys and it is not as useful now being a 68 keys keyboard. the right arrow key died, the no. 6 key died and the numpad key died, so i can never press right to move the text cursor. Page up and page down and end key died. those are very useful keys i need.
so it was not worth the time and effort. on hindsight, these switches are a nightmare to pull, I will just get another mechanical keyboard next time, since i couldn't save it to my usefulness anyways. Now i use keychron with linear switches and i absolutely love it.