Best way to clean keyboard of new butterfly keys

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  1. el.jeffe58 macrumors member

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    Hey y'all. Got a new Macbook Pro 2016 and was wondering what you all think the best way to clean the keyboard of the new keyboard is post getting gunk on it? I am getting natural buildup on mine. Sans getting a crappy silicone keyboard cover or using alcohol and a Q-tip, I was wondering if there was a simpler solution. Or, do you just not mess with it much? Thanks!
     
  2. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    I just did this yesterday. Apparently I had sticky fingers at some point :rolleyes:, and it just stayed there. I just used a wet paper towel and wiped the whole computer down, including the keyboard. If you actually need to disinfect it, I've used clorox wipes in the past to wipe down. I wonder if there is some established, recommended method that I don't know?
     
  3. UnluckyXIII macrumors 6502

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    Air Duster + Alcohol Wipes are what I've always used to clean keyboards, depends on the severity of the situation I guess.
     
  4. Salaryman Ryan macrumors member

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    Yep me too. Some mild alcohol wipes will do the trick. Maybe Im just OCD but I always do a quick wipe after every session to prevent any oil or dust build up. It was a practice I since my last Macbook Pro.
     
  5. el.jeffe58 thread starter macrumors member

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    Good input, everyone, thanks. That's kinda what I have been doing. I use cotton with alcohol usually.
     
  6. evec macrumors regular

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    Best way is carefully use your vacuum cleaner.
    Set Vacuum cleaner to low and the adj hole open 1/3, push your finger on the intake to give a little distance,
    just sweep slowly to every key and that OK.
     
  7. raqball macrumors 6502a

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    I just use alcohol wipes... Never had to use anything harsher than that. I am OCD though and wipe the KB and trackpad down often..
     
  8. el.jeffe58 thread starter macrumors member

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    I was only referring to the surface of the key itself; mainly the shiny look that builds up.
     
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    just remember : if a key gets stuck don't freak out, just go buy compressed air can and give it a little blast
     
  11. Salaryman Ryan, Dec 18, 2016
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    I'm pretty sure thats key caps becoming smooth because of wear since Apple keyboards (and most manufacturers) use the softer ABS plastics. Too bad Apple does not use the more wear resistant PBT plastics they used on their old Apple Extended Keyboards.

    It seems the only way to avoid shiney keys are keyboard protectors. I personally just let it shine. Its less enjoyable to type on a covered keyboard especially with the type of keyboard we have now.

    Ps. I remember seeing are individual keycap stickers for the older Macbook Pro online. That could be a better method but Im not sure there are stickers for the 2016 model on the market yet.
     

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