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Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iConor50, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. iConor50, Mar 25, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    My macbook air has these tiny dirt pieces inside and I'm not sure how to get them out.:confused: I just want to get something done before it affects the keyboard. [​IMG]
  2. macrumors demi-god


    You can use compressed air to blow them out.

    How to clean Apple products

    Apple also gives instructions on how to clean your Mac in the User Guides for the MBA, MBP and iMac:
    Also, you'll find plenty of suggestions by searching through the many existing threads on this topic, such as these:

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  3. macrumors 6502a

    vacuum then compressed air to get the remainders out?
  4. macrumors newbie

    im not sure about compressed air, any other way?
  5. macrumors 6502a

    why not? it's safe to use considering that's one of its main purpose. and i mentioned maybe using a vacuum first to loosen up the gunk first before blowing the remainders away with the compressed air.
  6. macrumors 601

    Your other option would be... make a really small suction straw for your household vacuum, plastic toothpicks to dislodge whatever, a pair of magnifying goggles, earplugs for the vacuum, and steady hands.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Would a hairdyer work? if it was on cool air
  8. macrumors 6502a

    you could try, but it wouldn't have the same amount of pressure the compressed air would have
  9. macrumors 6502a

    My suggestion is to get a keyboard cover. They can be had on ebay for ~$3 and work very well.

    This is AFTER you clean the keyboard.
  10. macrumors newbie

    dirt in keyboard

    Ive posted this before and was told to use compressed air to get the dirt you. However, I was wondering would it be vital to clean the dirt from underneth the keyboard??
  11. macrumors 65816

    did you try cleaning it?
  12. macrumors 601

    U mean like from the motherboard?

    Vital? NO.

    Desirable? I will give you the normal person answer - Go ahead and clean it if you are opening up the laptop for some other reason, or you have had the laptop for a couple of years and the fan seems to be making more noise than before, or you always take your laptop to this job site (open air), GO AHEAD. To specifically open a fairly new laptop to vacuum it, I personally would not bother.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Well, under normal circumstances there's a black plastic sheet under the keyboard (between keyboard and innards), so there should not be too big a risk of the dirt (as long as it's solid) getting into the actual inner workings. So no, it's not vital.

    OTOH, if you have a grain of dirt under a key, which impedes it registering a normal key depression, you can always dislodge the offending key, dig out the dirt, and replace the key. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZfD1yTBCX4


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