Quick Look: Splat Dirt Remover

By on December 31, 2010
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The one goo to remove it all.

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Imagine all the kinds of dirt there is in this polluted and populated world – dust, sand, cobwebs, food crumbs now decayed and gooey, milk stains (yes, I drink milk, it’s healthy!), soft drink spills, greasy spots, wafers, etc., and you will have a pretty good idea of how my keyboard is. It is an absolute nightmare.

In fact, I believe it is so dusty and dirty, I am actually sure there are living organisms brought up and raised under the protective shade of the tiny black keys. There is a whole civilization in fact, and I can assure you it never has food or water shortages.

I can boast of being a big hearted guy and say that it is the reason I never clean my keyboard. I wouldn’t want to kill those tiny little things, now would I? But that’s far from the truth. I want to squish the hell out of them. I have just been lazy.

This holds the goo.

And there aren’t many effective ways to clean a keyboard is there? My old Microsoft keyboard is a testament that to the fact that a vacuum clean is a bad, bad choice. I still have dent on my finger from the missing Arrow key.

So, for the mess like of my keyboard, the Splat goo sounds like an effective choice. The gooey substance, which immediately reminds me of Ghostbusters for some reason, can be molded and squeezed into hard to reach spots with its sticky elements absorbing dirt and debris into its bloby stomach.

I gleefully put Splat into its ultimate test. Can it clean the years old dirt and decay of my keyboard? Here are the before and after pictures:

Dirty Keyboard - Before

Slightly better looking dirty keyboard - After

I don’t think any such substance can make a three old dusty keyboard squeaky clean, so the results achieved by the Splat are quite impressive. There are visible places the goo has managed to remove dust and the overall appearance of the keyboard has improved slightly as well. It even managed to subdue some of the stains as well. If you have a moderately dirty keyboard, Splat shouldnt have much of a problem bringing the clean back.

I also tried it on my HDTV remote which has far less grooves and damning caverns than my keyboard:

Battered HDTV remote - Before

Safer HDTV remote - After

The result here is more profound, cleaning most of the dust from around the buttons. I can finally safely touch my remote control!

The only drawback that I can think of is that the goo sometimes tends to go crazy, depending on room temperature and what not, resulting in it leaving residue behind.

In any case, Splat is a decent investment for AED 15. Buy in good stock, though, as the Splat is only useful for 50 applications, and if your hardware is as dirty as mine, you will surely need some.


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Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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