Resolved How to clean yellowing Apple Keyboard keys?

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  1. alexreich, Oct 12, 2011
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    alexreich

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    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?

    Thanks!
    -Alex :apple:
     

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    Have you tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? They work really well on Apple keyboards.
     
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    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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    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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    No, :)

    I wash my hands before using my keyboard and/or Magic Trackpad.
     
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    Intell

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    Do you by chance smoke?
     
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    Off and on yes.
     
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    Intell

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    That could be the cause of the discolouration.
     
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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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    The overall best option would be to stop smoking. Other than that, maybe a keyboard skin.
     
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    Haha alright. Thanks for your help!
     
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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! :D

    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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    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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    Imagine what the inside of your lungs must look like....:eek:
     
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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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    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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