Clean macbook pro 2016 keyboard with jetspray water

sapibobo

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Dear all,

i am sorry if it is have been discussed before. Is it safe to the finishing and oleophobic coating and whatever other layer of macbook pro 2016 keyboard if we use mineral water spray as a cleaner? The link is below :
http://www.sephora.com/mineral-water-spray-P2043
Since apple website explain nothing but only "water", i plan to use that in additional of microfiber cloth.

I used iklear to clean the keyboard, but it creates a slippery feeling to the keyboard which i dont like and it doesnt really remove the grease mark of the keycap.

Thank you
 

Samuelsan2001

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Dear all,

i am sorry if it is have been discussed before. Is it safe to the finishing and oleophobic coating and whatever other layer of macbook pro 2016 keyboard if we use mineral water spray as a cleaner? The link is below :
http://www.sephora.com/mineral-water-spray-P2043
Since apple website explain nothing but only "water", i plan to use that in additional of microfiber cloth.

I used iklear to clean the keyboard, but it creates a slippery feeling to the keyboard which i dont like and it doesnt really remove the grease mark of the keycap.

Thank you
Do not spray any water on your MacBook Pro that simple. Make the microfibres cloth very slightly damp and use that.
 

SDColorado

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I am not sure about the use of mineral water, since it contains dissolved salts and sulfates. If you are looking to use something other than tap water, distilled water would be a better bet, I would think.

Edit: realized I had originally said phosphates above, when I had meant to say sulfates.
 
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old-wiz

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Never ever use water to clean a Macbook keyboard. Water is the enemy of running electronics. However, if you are working on a circuit board (not on a Mac) and you have soldered some connection, I have seen a good technician wash the flux off of the circuit board and not cause any problem. But for a normal user, water is the enemy of electronics.
 

ljjycss

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Never ever use water to clean a Macbook keyboard. Water is the enemy of running electronics. However, if you are working on a circuit board (not on a Mac) and you have soldered some connection, I have seen a good technician wash the flux off of the circuit board and not cause any problem. But for a normal user, water is the enemy of electronics.
I think that's special cleaner designed for PCB cleaning.
 

DeltaMac

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Thought I should note that missing a few key words can be important.
From Apple's cleaning guide:
When cleaning the outside of your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, first shut down your computer and unplug the power adapter. Then use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the computer's exterior. Avoid getting moisture in any openings. Do not spray liquid directly on the computer. Don't use aerosol sprays, solvents, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide that might damage the finish.

To clean the screen on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, first shut down the computer and unplug the power adapter. Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with water only, then use it to clean the computer's screen.
(My bold on what I think are some key points. :D )
I think that using a spray, even if it is plain water, would mean that it will easily get to areas where you don't want any excess moisture.
I also think that cleaning the keycaps is a good place for that "damp, soft, lint-free cloth"
"Damp" does not mean "wet" or "dripping"
 

jerryk

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Spraying water on your computer is a good way to kill the computer and void your warranty if you trip the moisture detectors.
 

old-wiz

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I think that's special cleaner designed for PCB cleaning.
Actually it was water - I was in the electronics lab with the tech while he repaired the board and washed it down. However, it was a small board and he had done it before. I wouldn't recommend using water unless you know what you are doing and definitely not on a full size motherboard like on a laptop.
 

Calby

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Actually it was water - I was in the electronics lab with the tech while he repaired the board and washed it down. However, it was a small board and he had done it before. I wouldn't recommend using water unless you know what you are doing and definitely not on a full size motherboard like on a laptop.
Sounds strange, I do believe you but when the water dries it's going to leave "stuff" left that's not good for the board.
But hey, I don't know what the engineer was doing but I would not use that method.
 

jerryk

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Sounds strange, I do believe you but when the water dries it's going to leave "stuff" left that's not good for the board.
But hey, I don't know what the engineer was doing but I would not use that method.
Might have deionized and demineralized water.
 

danniexi

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as everyone has said, spray water onto cloth, not directly on the computer. also if you can, use distilled water as well.
 

Fishrrman

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If your keyboard is getting that dirty from usage, perhaps it's time to think about washing your hands before you use the computer!
 
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