Cleaning an aluminum 1243 keyboard?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by chrysrobyn, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. chrysrobyn macrumors member

    May 9, 2003
    Austin, TX
    I had a very minor Mountain Dew spill several weeks ago, and I thought nothing would come of it. As time progresses, several keys are losing their effectiveness. Some sugar has to be in there gumming up the works. The keys that don't work the worst are "p", "'", shift and enter, right around my liquid spill. These keys have extra physical resistance, and once pressed, they send the right electrical signal, so I'm very optimistic that a Q-tip and a little alcohol will fix me right up.

    I don't see any screws on my A1243 thin aluminum keyboard that came stock with my 3GHz 24" Merom iMac. Does anyone here have experience taking them apart or cleaning them?
  2. statik13 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2008
    This happened with my wireless aluminium keyboard about 6 months back. I took the batteries out, soaked it in a sink full of warm water and left it on a vent to dry over night. Put the batteries back in and it has been working like a charm ever since.

    (Typed on a now clean Apple wireless aluminum keyboard)
  3. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    I'd consider soaking it in some absolute alcohol (99% ethyl alcohol). No water (will displace water), no suspended particles to short, will dissolve the offending contaminants, evaporate without residue. If you're going to soak it in water (bad idea IMHO) at least use distilled water.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Yeah I am not trying to doubt you (but I am) but really? Even without batteries your keyboard still contains electronics. Perhaps it is due to the batteries being out and that killed any power. I am no expert but I'd probably only try this on a keyboard that was on it's way out the door.
  5. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I've washed a keyboard before and it worked fine after a few days drying out...
  6. chrysrobyn thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Ouch, so it looks like I'm retty stuck not taking it apart then. :(

    Thanks for the advice. I'll see where I can find that concentration of alcohol.
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Most hardware stores will carry it. I have also placed keyboards in dishwashers before with mixed results. The real trick is to let the keyboard dry completely before using it again, whether alcohol or water. 24-48 hours would be my recommendation and in a place with air movement.

    Oh yeah, one other thing I did with an aluminum keyboard is hold it over a steaming pot of water letting the steam get into the keys and work the keys while doing it (upside down) and then letting it dry over a day or two. This freed up some sticky keys I had.
  8. oliversl macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    Have you succeed? I'm having the same issue.



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