Dettol wet wipes on the macbook surface

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by willymacs, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. willymacs macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    Hi everyone, I got my 13" macbook pro about a month ago and have some concerns. Because my palms perspire excessively sometimes, my keyboard gets too sticky for comfort and the trackpad loses its smoothness and traction. To get around this problem, I have been using wet wipes/wet tissues to clean the surface of my macbook, particularly the keyboard and the touchpad. I sometimes use a damp cloth too. I never thought about this until I realize that there are crevices beneath every key on the keyboard and water can theoretically seep through. I have been wiping my macbook about once every day.

    1. Will this have any adverse effect on the keyboard or the touchpad?

    2. Even if water does seep into the thin crevices, would this corrode the interior or create rust? Will the water reach the other parts of the macbook interior, like the processor, graphics processing, DVD, RAM, etc.?

    3. Yesterday I ran out of the standard wet wipes that I usually use and in place of those, I used a Dettol wipe. To my horror, it produced quite a substantial amount of foam, and I quickly wiped the blotches of foam away using tissue paper. Will my keyboard and the interior be affected in any way? I am typing this new thread on the same macbook and there are no noticeable problems, yet. I may be paranoid, but I wish to be sure.

    4. Will accidental wet wipe contact with any of the periphery sockets, like the USB and firewire, lead them to malfunction in any way?

    Thank you and I totally appreciate you reading this.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    1. No.
    2. No.
    3. No.
    4. Ye- just kidding. No.

    Cleaning wipes are usually alcohol-based, so they evaporate quickly.

    While there are spaces between keys, you have to understand what lies underneath. There are two thin plastic membranes beneath the keyboard, covering its full width and height. When you press a key, the membranes are pressed together, and electrodes on the two membranes make a momentary connection, sending the keystroke to the system. Since they're plastic, they are intrinsically waterproof. If a liquid gets between or under the membranes that's another matter, but the bottom line is that it takes more than a few drops of liquid to damage your computer.
  3. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    C/o Apple:
    Slightly Damp then dry microfibre cloth only ~ screen, trackpad & keys.
    Your computer but I wouldn't it risk using any brand of wet wipes.
  4. amanda spence macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
    I did the same thing

    my daughter dropped a whole bottle of dettol instant hand sanitizer onto my mac

    i was really devastated - i instantly pulled out the battery and left it to dry off.

    i put the battery back in and it was fine - the stuff just evaporated off.


    amanda renee spence

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