Is there a way to refresh your connection to the tf2 item sever without launching the game?

I bought a few keys a week ago and it says they won't be available to trade until Oct 5th 0700GMT. It is now 1330GMT, and I am still unable to trade the keys. I've read that one needs to launch the game to refresh the connection to the item server. Is there a way to do this without launching the game?

  • Why can't you just launch the game? Seems like the simplest solution.
    – Frank
    Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 14:20
  • I won't have access to my computer with tf2 installed for awhile, but would like to continue trading.
    – bmikolaj
    Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 14:22

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While this isn't the ideal solution, it did work; Trading another item will refresh the item server. I traded some steam cards on Scrap.tf and my keys were unlocked.

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