Best way to clean macbook pro keyboard?

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  1. boateng macrumors 6502

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    I have had my 13' macbook pro for about a year now

    I have noticed dust/hair etc are getting trapped in the keyboard.
    What's the best way to clean it and get rid of it?

    Do I have to go to the Apple store and pay for them to clean it for me?
     
  2. Collider macrumors regular

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    Have you tried compressed air? That usually works for me.
     
  3. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    I use a very fine top quality varnishing brush to get in between the keys. Then I just wipe with a damp micro fibre cloth and I'm good. The very soft brushes are the ones to use.
     
  4. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    nope havent because i heard compressed air wasnt good since liquid gets into the keys:eek:

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    will the brush get between the keys though?

    which exact ones do you use...can you post me a link from amazon because all this hair is annoying me!
     
  5. webworks415 macrumors 6502

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    Shave your head.

    I suggest a keyboard cover for protection against future dust/hair getting in there. I use it when I need to work at the dinner table and might be touching food at the same time. Say no to greasy keys :D
     
  6. CHMK macrumors regular

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    if ur laptop is on use an app called keyboard cleaner that locks the keyboard and then clean with micro fibre. also perhaps consider using a vacuum and hovering th enozzle slightly over it .

    apple wont clean it. theyll only replace the upper case, which is expensive... in the case of my 15 inch retina it would cost
    about 425 dollars us.
     
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    Actually (as CHMK said as well) it is generally MUCH more preferable to use a small (or not too close) vacuum (with plastic/rubber nozzle so as not to mark the computer) along with a Small Brush to loosen any Dirt and Fuzzy Bits up.. if you BLOW air into Keyboard, some of those items will surely end up inside your MBP and under the keys, in the fans, etc etc..

    And other than that, I would suggest a ~Monthly (or as needed) cleaning as such, and a Wiping of the Case and Keys with a slightly dampened micro-fibre cloth to pick up any Dirt and Oils off your hands.. It will be surprising what you get off of it and how much better a CLEAN Machine looks and feels..
     
  9. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    its called i skin right? I might get it actually....

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    Yeah my macbook gets so dirty easily. I am not sure if it is because i sit next to a window but my screen and keys need almost cleaning every two days:eek:

    not sure if i should just get that iskin macbook key's cover instead?
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    I would not recommend that because its abrasive and might affect the finish of the keyboard

    A soft brush as mentioned to get the big stuff, and a damp cloth for the rest.
     
  11. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what about if there is dust inside the keyboard which cant be seen

    i dont want to take the keys off because i am not good with that sort of stuff and dont want to risk breaking it!
     
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    Don't take the keys off the keyboard there is a high probability you'll break something.

    Perhaps a small vacuum as mentioned from the post above?
     
  14. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i have a vacum

    maybe put it on low and hope it works?
     
  15. jdelgado macrumors regular

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    Wouldn't the vacuum generate electrical charge? If so, it may damage the computer. I would use a can of compressed air suitable for electronic equipment.
     
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    I use a q-tip and a little rubbing alcohol, but my main problem is getting gunk in between the keys. I've also used compressed air. Keep it an inch or two away and then you won't get liquid.
     
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  19. nickandre21 macrumors 6502a

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    actually apple does clean the laptop up for you. I have given my macbooks a couple of times to service and when i got it back it was as good as new, they clean the keyboard display even the insides. That is what i was told by the guy at the AASP
     
  20. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    As far as cleaning the keys themselves, I use isopropyl alcohol. You don't need to be that dainty with it. I just put a little on a paper towel or terry cloth towel and rub it on. I've cleaned all of my laptop and other keyboards that way for many years and have never had any issues.
     
  21. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/OXO-Good-Gr...428&sr=8-1&keywords=electronic+cleaning+brush

    I am in the UK....is it this onehttp://www.amazon.co.uk/OXO-Good-Grips-Electronics-Cleaning/dp/B0050B6CYW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376176428&sr=8-1&keywords=electronic+cleaning+brush

    What do you think is better....the brush you recommend or an air duster?

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    will a standard lcd screen/iklear be okay to use to clean the actual keys?

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    im worried about using an air duster incase i damage the macbook

    not sure if i should get a brush or air duster
     
  22. LadyX macrumors 68020

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  23. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is it better than an air duster
     
  24. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

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    Vacuums are, in general, not recommended for cleaning computer components as they create an electrostatic charge that can damage components. The use of compressed air is the much preferred alternative, and the only way you will get liquid in the computer is if you spray with the can upside down. Cleaning out the keys is a tricky business, and a combination of compressed air (to blow out dust and small debris) combined with something along the lines of the OXO brush or a q-tip would be best for cleaning.
     
  25. Lord Xeb macrumors member

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    I use rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and rub down the keyboard. Generally, that will take most of the dirt and nasty off of there.

    Just a note, don't leave a cloth with alcohol on a mac keyboard, it will cause the paint to flake loose from the keys and to fix it will require a new top case.
     

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