Cleaning new slim keyboard

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Halcyon, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. Halcyon macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    New keyboard is really nice...but cleaning the the keys is a pain in the as_. Unlike previous clear plastic keys that could be wiped with a moist cloth, the new keys seem to be some sort of porous rubber. Cleaning everyday tactile dirt is close to impossible...some comes out, but a smudge is always left.

    Any ideas?

  2. kmann675 macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2008
    New Jersey
    Cleaning the new slim keyboard...

    I recently spilled snapple over the right side of my keyboard, making almost all of the keys to sticky to type with. I didnt clean it for a few days other than using a papertowel to dry and it kept getting worse and worse. It was really pissing me off being that the keys that were the worst were the backspace and return keys. I finally took my keyboard to the kitchen and wiped it for about 5 minutes with a wet rag and the results were amazingThe keys arent perfect but there is a significant difference, so before you go prying the keyboard open or popping keys off, (by the way i dont recommend this on the new keyboards) wipe it with a wet towel. You'd be surprised ed at the difference it can make.
  3. Halcyon thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006

    Sort of by chance, I just found out that you can clean the keyboards with a pencil eraser. It works like a charm!
  4. blockparty macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2008
    Pencil eraser FTW

    A white pencil eraser works like a charm. Erase the grime off the keys, and then use a moist cloth to clean any dirt off the aluminum (unplug the keyboard and wipe it down). Within 10 minutes your keyboard will look brand new! -=:apple:
  5. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2003
    I've noticed that the new slim keyboards tend to get less dirty than the old style. My old keyboard was constantly dirty and it bothered me, but I haven't noticed any dirt on the new style keyboards.
  6. Macrosoftcore macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2008
    Dirty People

    Why would you touch your baby with dirty hands? :confused:

    Try washing your hands before using your computer instead of eating Cheeto's or KFC and computing at the same time. This will keep your keyboard shiny and your mouse ball rolling properly.

    Problem solved.

    P.S. The tone of this message was meant to be playful. Not condescending. After I read it, I realized it came off that way. Oops!
  7. 08mxkfx macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2007
    i just throw mine in the dishwasher when it gets dirty. Works like a charm. Just give it a day until you plug it in.
  8. Harmush macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008

    not sure i would like to try that. take ur word for it tho.
    what about the cloth that you get with the mac. that would work well.

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