Cleaning Apple Keyboard after spilling Coke on it

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by basse, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. basse macrumors member

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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
     
  2. Elven macrumors 6502a

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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 :)
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You may not be aware that this question, like many others, has already been discussed quite a bit. Chances are good that your answers lie in existing threads, which you can find by searching the forums with this link. Here are some of the dozens of threads on this topic, filled with opinions and recommendations. If you don't find your answer there, let us know and we'll be happy to help! :)
     
  4. gusious macrumors 65816

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    I like the way you think!;)
     
  5. chipchen macrumors 6502

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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..
     
  6. gusious macrumors 65816

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    Or it's just rumors!!
     
  7. basse thread starter macrumors member

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    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
     
  8. basse thread starter macrumors member

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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
     
  9. gusious macrumors 65816

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

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