The only way to get all the muck out was a complete disassembly. Fortunately, the Kinesis keys come off fairly easily. The cause of the sticky escape key was very obvious once it was dissasembled - some sticky mess all around the contacts. Most of the keyboard is screwed together but the function keys were held in place by plastic lugs which had been melted over the backing plate. Not a good design for easy disassembly. So it was necessary to cut of the top of the lug to take the function key assembly apart and then glue it back together.
|The keys before cleaning|
|Something disgusting on the function keys|
|Key switches with keys removed.|
The keyboard cleaned up pretty nicely. The plastic is slightly yellowed and the legend on the "enter" key is slightly faded, but considering the use that this keyboard has had it is in remarkably good repair. I have just ordered the newer model (the Kinesis Advantage) for use at home, to replace the Microsoft Natural keyboard that I have been using.
|The cleaned keyboard|