clean off keyboard?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Soundhound, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Soundhound macrumors 6502a

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    My imac keyboard has collected quite a bit of gunk over the last y ear or so. Is there a good product for cleaning that stuff off?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I use the clorox wipes to clean my MB keyboard, after I turn the computer off, of course.
     
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    What kind of keyboard? the new aluminum ones or the old plastic ones?
     
  4. Soundhound thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    white plastic. model from a couple of years ago


     
  5. Chandler Adaway macrumors 6502a

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    This may not sound very safe, but I turn mine on it's side and give it a few hardish bangs on the desk to loosen and get some of the dirt out, and then get one of those air can things (forgot the name, I sound like an idiot, but I'm not :eek: ) and blow the rest out of there.
    Works okay for me.

    Though, obviosly, the best solution is just to not eat and stuff around your computer.
     
  6. Soundhound thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks, but this isn't food and stuff, it's oil and dirt buildup. I need something to clean that off.

     
  7. Chandler Adaway macrumors 6502a

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    Ah!
    Then that's simple!
    Just pick up a magic eraser at your local grocery store.
    Or even the dollar store.
    That thing does, as its title says, magic.

    Give it a go.

    You might need to scrub a little, but it has worked great for me.
     
  8. patrickmacrumor macrumors regular

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    Eyeglass cleaner fluid with a microfibre cloth will work too.
     
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    You can also use 91% rubbing alcohol and something lint free to wipe the surfaces. Either swabs or a cloth. The microfiber cloth listed above would be perfect. For swabs, use the foam type rather than cotton if possible. On stubborn areas, a toothbrush can work wonders as well.

    Dry area with a can of air. (It helps to get the crevices dry). ;)
     
  10. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    just go to the electronics store and buy a can of compressed air. just use that to chase the dirt out. wipes and liquids will only clean the keys, not the gunk sitting inside the plexiglass frame. good luck! im using an aluminum keyboard.. :D
     
  11. Julien macrumors G3

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    I run mine through the dishwasher once a week. It's always clean and lemony fresh.
     
  12. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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