sticky keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MacVM, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. MacVM macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2005
    Does anyone know of a way to clean underneath the keys of an ibook? A couple of the keys are sticky (I'm afraid I might have spilled something :( ) Should I take the keys off or find that spray thing that shoots pressurized air in between the keys? I have no idea. Thanks a bunch!
  2. mjstew33 macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    What I do is I take the keyboard off the iBook and blow through it, getting dust + stuff out, and kind just tapping the back of the KB upside down, to let stuff fall through.

    I dunno about liquids, though. :eek:
  3. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    You can take off the keys. I did it once.

    Very fun.. :rolleyes:
    Pry them off witha butter knife CAREFULLY

    you can then use a SLIGHTY damp q-tip. Use iKlear on it, too.

    Just do it carefully and you should be good. I did it and it felt like a new keyboard! It also prompted me to get an iSkin... I saw what was under my keyboard and IT WAS GROSS.
    Cat hair, cheetos crumbs (even though I never ate cheetos at my iBook. hmm), and just assorted grossities.

    edited to add:
    about the iSkin. It's so much easier to clean that once a week than to pry open the iBook keyboard all the time.
  4. theheyes macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2006
    You didn't eat cheetos at your iBook, but maybe your cat did. :D

    Taking the keys off would probably be your best bet with sticky stuff, but I would try to clean it with them on first. Removing the keyboard is quite simple and it makes it slightly easier to get to the dirt.
  5. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    I would definitely recommend holding it upside down and spraying canned air first. Then, if it doesn't work, go through all the trouble of removing your keyboard.

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