Cleaning Apple Keyboard after spilling Coke on it

basse

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Aug 7, 2008
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So the classic fail occured to me last week and I spilled a can of Coke on my Apple Keyboard (the wired one). Gladly my MBP is on a stand, so it escaped unhurt. I instantly turned over the keyboard and let all the Coke in it drain out and afterwards wiped it clean.

At first it seemed all OK, no problems whatsoever. Then I left my home for the weekend and when I got back, I found some of the keys very "sticky" to press. Apparently the Coke inside had gotten "stiffer" when not excercised regularly.

Anybody have a solution for this? Google told me to soak the keyboard in 96% alcohol overnight, but here in Finland only doctors can buy that stuff and I'd take me two weeks to get that so I'm after a quicker solution. Is it possible to open the keyboard and manually wipe the remainings of Coke?

//basse
 

Elven

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May 13, 2008
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When that happened to myself, I just plied off each key affected and cleaned it with normal household cleaner, took ages and wiring some of the keys back is a PITA! so plan ahead with plenty of time it's no two minute job, but saved my keyboard :)
 

GGJstudios

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chipchen

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I'm not necessarily recommending this... but I've heard of people putting their keyboards through the dishwasher and then drying it out completely for a day or two. And it worked... (I'm sure I didn't hear the stories where it didn't work.)

But, it might be worth trying.... and if it doesn't work, get a new keyboard. hehe..
 

gusious

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I'm not necessarily recommending this... but I've heard of people putting their keyboards through the dishwasher and then drying it out completely for a day or two. And it worked... (I'm sure I didn't hear the stories where it didn't work.)

But, it might be worth trying.... and if it doesn't work, get a new keyboard. hehe..
Or it's just rumors!!
 

basse

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Aug 7, 2008
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Helsinki, Finland
I'm not necessarily recommending this... but I've heard of people putting their keyboards through the dishwasher and then drying it out completely for a day or two. And it worked... (I'm sure I didn't hear the stories where it didn't work.)

But, it might be worth trying.... and if it doesn't work, get a new keyboard. hehe..
Yep, read about this too. Only I'm not willing to without a keyboard for it to dry..

It seems I'm going to have a go with gasoline, seems to be OK with electronic stuff and vaporises quickly.

//b
 

basse

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Oh and by the way, does anybody know how the letters and symbols are fixed on Apple's keys? Trying to figure out if I should protect the from the gas or if they'll be OK, which would be great since then they'd clean up too.

//b
 

gusious

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Oh and by the way, does anybody know how the letters and symbols are fixed on Apple's keys? Trying to figure out if I should protect the from the gas or if they'll be OK, which would be great since then they'd clean up too.

//b
I guess they must be fine cause no one mentioned it so.....Cool!:cool: