Cleaning Smell from Black Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by shoebobs, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. shoebobs macrumors regular

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    I recently acquired an old and dirty black macbook. I have taken it apart, removed all components and cleaned them thoroughly before reassembling with upgrades.

    The one issue is that the keyboard has a terrible smell, like bad body odor. I have wiped it multiple times with rubbing alcohol, but the smell is still there. Does anybody have suggestions for cleaning products that would be safe for the upper casing/keyboard that is effective at removing odors?

    Thanks
     
  2. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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    That brings up horrible disgusting images...
    I really don't know, I did the same thing you have, took the laptop all apart and cleaned it with alcohol, lysol and compressed air, I never had any smell though.

    I've heard that ozone deodorizers are the industrial standard, not sure where one might get that stuff though.
     
  3. oLNutjob macrumors member

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    Your best bet....

    ..possibly is picking up a good condition replacement top case from fleabay or other.


    While ozone machines work quite well for some things, they oxidize & possibly can cause harm to plastic & rubber compounds. (A rubber grip of a DSLR can be turned to a sticky mess fairly quick.)
     
  4. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    If you can leave the top case in a well-ventilated area (i.e. outdoors) with a fan pointing at it for a couple of days, that should do the trick.

    Otherwise, as said, best bet is just to get a new top case which has the added benefit of not having to touch whatever caused the bad smell in the first place!
     
  5. Giuly macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    Put it together with a box worth of those ridiculously strong smelling dryer sheets with odor neutralizer in a bag for some days if the fresh air thing doesn't work out and you don't want to swap out that disgusting top case for a new one.
     

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