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Old Oct 12, 2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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How to clean yellowing Apple Keyboard keys?

Hey guys, I have a rather trivial issue. As you can see in my attached image, my Apple Wireless Keyboard has some yellow/yellowing keys. Now I know that I should clean my keyboard and such often, but the problem is that I do very often, and it won't come off!

At first it was a very slight yellow, medium, darker, now the way it is. I have tried multiple cleaners for my keyboard and cannot get this crap off. It bothers me because I am a neat freak and want everything (especially on my desk) to look clean.

Any idea what to use to get this nasty looking stuff off?

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Old Oct 12, 2011, 06:39 PM   #2
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Have you tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? They work really well on Apple keyboards.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 06:43 PM   #3
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Have you tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? They work really well on Apple keyboards.
Funny I hadn't thought of that, I used them all summer cleaning and working on the Macs at my school district. I'll be sure to grab some and see how it goes.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 08:08 PM   #4
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Do you usually type whilst eating cheetos? No, but seriously, how did you manage to get those stains? I have never seen anything like that.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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No,

I wash my hands before using my keyboard and/or Magic Trackpad.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 08:52 PM   #6
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No,

I wash my hands before using my keyboard and/or Magic Trackpad.
Do you by chance smoke?
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 09:47 PM   #7
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Off and on yes.
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Off and on yes.
That could be the cause of the discolouration.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 10:03 PM   #9
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CRAP!

Is there anything I can do about it?

Btw, I don't understand how that could cause discoloration on my keyboard... my fingers are never stained yellow?
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 10:05 PM   #10
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The overall best option would be to stop smoking. Other than that, maybe a keyboard skin.
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Old Oct 12, 2011, 11:13 PM   #11
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Haha alright. Thanks for your help!
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Old Oct 13, 2011, 12:33 AM   #12
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Found a home remedy. :)

Never got a chance to run to the store, so instead I've used household items. To eat away the nasty yellow stains, I lightly scrubbed Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid toothpaste across the keys that needed attention. That ate away a lot of the dark stains, but there were still visible yellow spots on the keyboard so I got out some Rubbing Alcohol, and put a bit on each key with a Q-tip, then wiped it off with a Kleenex.

This is what I got.

I know that there is a slight tint of yellow on the L and ; keys, but I'm pretty satisfied with these results, because they didn't cost me anything!

In short, lightly scrub with some whitening toothpaste, then dab a bit of rubbing alcohol to get rid of the rest of the yellowness.
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Old Oct 13, 2011, 06:55 AM   #13
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CRAP!

Is there anything I can do about it?

Btw, I don't understand how that could cause discoloration on my keyboard... my fingers are never stained yellow?
Tobacco oils. They yellow over time.

BTW Magic Eraser may have been able to lift it entirely. Now that you have scrubbed it I doubt you can get out what remains. Buy some new key tops.
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Old Oct 13, 2011, 01:20 PM   #14
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Hello

Have a read through this thread on an Amiga forum regarding plastic
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http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?...eaning+plastic
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CRAP!

Is there anything I can do about it?

Btw, I don't understand how that could cause discoloration on my keyboard... my fingers are never stained yellow?
Imagine what the inside of your lungs must look like....
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Old Oct 16, 2011, 04:06 PM   #16
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Actually there is something that removes those stains quiet easy and that can be found in every supermarket ..toothpaste the one for teeth whitening , brand does not matter the cheapest will do the trick , there is hydrogen peroxide in them , makes not only teeth white again
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Old Jan 7, 2014, 07:05 PM   #17
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I found out a really good way! I used my electric toothbrush. Exactly the right level of pressure. The keyboard is white as snow now!
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Take a look at http://retr0bright.wikispaces.com too see if this is applicable.
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