Fix That Squeaky Key on Your Mechanical Keyboard

Stabilizer bar underneath Spacebar

Squeaky keys are a common occurrence in keyboards, most often on the larger keys. This is often due to the stabilizer bar beneath the key cap needing to be lubricated. There are a variety of lubricant options and most work fine, but we recommend you avoid WD-40 and silicon sprays as they contain petroleum-based solvents that are known to damage plastic. Many people report success using either a white lithium grease or a synthetic grease like Super Lube. A squeaky key is an easy problem to fix and you can lubricate the key yourself by following the tips in the video below:

Update: Several people have reported to us that in order to fix their squeaky key, they lubricated the white plastic hooks underneath the key cap as they were rubbing against another plastic part. We recommend you try this if our suggestions don’t eliminate the squeak.

  • Jacob Gardner

    Yep.  My problem was the plastic hooks.  Greased them down with “White Lithium Grease” for like $4 at Walmart and my ears no longer hurt.  

  • Das Keyboard

    Great to hear! Glad this fixed the problem.

  • yeo hui shyong

    i bought superlube and lube both the metal stabilizer and the plastic hooks
    the sound only reduced by abit, it is still squeaky

    i feel that the plastic hook is too lose, and the metal stabilizer moves around too much whenever i press spacebar
    tats y it cannot be fixed by lubricant

  • Marco


    I have just bought a Das Keyboard Professional for Mac, and it arrived today. I have to say I am really positively impressed by the keyboard, yet the space bar and the backspace key are really squeaky. I have read in a couple of forum that you offer to send at least a key puller in order to fix the problem, is this true? Thanks.

  • Aimee

    Hello, sometimes the squeaky keys work themselves out after a week of use, but if you’re still having issues and do need a keycap puller to fix the squeaky keys, you can purchase them here –

  • Ashley Pearson

    Can you use Durex Lube?

  • Ashley Pearson

    I didnt watch the video first and I pulled the key right off assuming it would be the same as the others, oops, of course it has a metal bar. Luckily I was able to pull the metal bar up, slide the small white pieces onto the bar and align within the key perfectly, and then push the backspace key back on and now it works fine. I used durex lube as I had it available and didnt want to spend out on specialised lubricant I would only use once, and it worked fine.

  • webdevb

    Same here – I actually just pulled they key off with my fingers but you’re right – it’s a bit of a pain in the butt.