View Full Version : Cleaning the trackpad and keys on BlackBook

Jul 12, 2009, 12:45 AM
I bought a early 2006 black MacBook off a family friend awhile back and it was practically brand new. Since I have been using it I noticed the keys and the trackpad on it are starting to get a weird feeling. The feeling is sort of like grease or something on the trackpad and keys. I wash my hands before using it, but I guess just from the oils on my hands have caused this. I have included pictures below trying to show what I am talking about. I have read around online on ways to clean it and everyone has suggested many different things and I've tried a few and nothing has worked. I used water and windex mixed with water and that cleaned it up a little bit, but didn't help much. I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions so to a method that works for cleaning the trackpad and keys to remove whatever it is on there.



Thanks a lot.

Jul 12, 2009, 01:00 AM
Buy eye glasses cleaning solution from Walmart for $3!
They work wonders!!!

Good luck :D

Jul 12, 2009, 01:01 AM
May not be oil on the keys/trackpad/button, but the plastic wearing down due to use.

Can't do anything to fix that unfortunately.

Jul 12, 2009, 01:08 AM
That is actual wear in the plastics, quite common in BlackBooks. No amount of cleaning can fix that.

Jul 12, 2009, 01:44 AM
yeah that does look like its permanent. What you can do is see if you can buff out the pad and the button to make it shiny like that. Be more consistent.

Jul 12, 2009, 11:23 AM
I had a Blackbook about a year ago and had this same issue. I ended up buying this set from the Apple Store... http://store.apple.com/us/product/TK350LL/A?fnode=MTY1NDA2OA&mco=MjE1ODEwMg&p=2&s=topSellers

Works great. The trackpad works exactly the same. It actually is a much nicer texture to use (once the Macbook bad gets as shiny as yours, it becomes very grippy when your fingers are the slightest bit moist). Also, this doesn't accumulate the grease like the naked trackpad. Mine remained matte for the entirety of my owning of the blackbook.

Note: When I bought it a year ago, the $12.95 price tag paid for 2 trackpad stickers and 2 mouse button stickers. I am assuming the same holds true now.

Jul 12, 2009, 01:15 PM
Simple fix really, make the case of the macbook crack somehow, and get apple to replace it for free, you then get that brand new trackpad and keyboard feeling again :D