Garlic butter on Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gillilandboy, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. gillilandboy macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2007
    St. Louis MO
    Hello everyone i have a Non Unibody Macbook pro. Tonight me and my girl friend ordered some pizza from Papa Johns and she loves to dip her crust in garlic butter. She went to clean up the pizza and the garlic butter slide off the pizza box and right on to my macbook. The first thing I did was wipe it off with a napkin. Now I can barely see the lights on the back lit keyboard and on some of the keys you have to press down really hard for them to type. otherwise the computer it's self is fine. You guys have any idea on I can get the keyboard to be like normal again? I tried wiping off the keyboard with a wet paper towel but I don't think it helped. Any help would be great.

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You've probably got crap underneath the keys. Google "cleaning macbook pro keyboard" and you should find all manner of instructions on how to do so.
  3. erstwhilepo macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2009

    Good luck "un-pappa johning" your Mac.

    Ussually it's Fanta or milk.

    Garlic butter. Huh.

    I guess your Mac will run "like butta"
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Ok I hardly support silliness to this degree but HAHAHAA seriously that was funny.

    OP: You certainly give an interesting twist on "I spilled ... on my MacBook."

    I think you really need to disassemble the book and clean it gently, too bad you can't clean it with scope mouthwash.
  5. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2008
    Who keeps their macbook pro next to their pizza?
  6. hughvane macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    What's the safe maximum operating temperature for a MBPro? That information is essential. This is tricky, you do it at your own risk, but if it were me I'd:
    1. tip the Mac upside down with layers of tissue paper between keyboard and screen, and
    2. place the whole unit, wrapped in a towel, inside a warm oven, pre-heated to just below the safe maximum temp of the MBP. Turn the oven off.
    Leave the bundle in the oven for perhaps 5 minutes. The warmth may cause the remaining butter to melt and soak into the tissue.
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Oh i like that someone decided to break from the beverage spills template.

    Take that as a lesson all of you, originality, get some:p
  8. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Look on the bright side - at least no vampires are going to be able to steal your MacBook Pro..
  9. gillilandboy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2007
    St. Louis MO
    Now that you all have gotten your rim shots out of the way is there anything I can really do to fix this?
  10. SteveMobs macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    Washington D.C.
    I was going to chime in with a "haha", because really?! Garlic Butter?! I kind of find that oven idea interesting but it's probably bad, IDK, maybe use like a blow drier to melt the butter then wipe it up.

    Next week someone's going to spill bacon grease on theirs.
  11. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
  12. drlunanerd macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2004
    Ooh matron! :eek: :D

    Y'know those rubber keyboard protectors sound more and more like a really good idea.
  13. surflordca macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The original OP :)
  14. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    One big problem. I've seen an oven go over the temperature set by large margin (almost 2x).
  15. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Funny, lately there have been a LOT of spillage posts. Looks like a good time to consider one of those silicone keyboard covers. A small inconvenience saves a large headache.
  16. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Yup. No one should put electronics in an oven, unless you want to cook it.

    Actually that is an interesting idea. Except perhaps the opposite would work.

    Storage temperature of MBP is AROUND -13F to 113F (-24C to 45C), so if you remove the battery,
    put the laptop in a airtight bag (to reduce condensation) in the freezer, the butter might freeze and slightly easier to clean off?

    With any cold electronics, you want to prevent condensation. So make sure the room has low humidity.
  17. hughvane macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2008
    Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
    Appreciating the (serious) discussion about how to fix this butter problem, the reason I mentioned the warm oven idea is that when we used to get the electronics in our petrol 4WD vehicles wet, the quickest and most effective way to dry a distributor with water in it was in a warm oven. It worked a lot better than *brand name* sprays.

    The caution about too-hot ovens is apt, but the thermos on most modern units are accurate to within 5 deg C. The OP could always wait a few minutes after turning the oven off before putting the bundled MBP in, and then leave the oven door open a fraction. The towel should/would protect the casing and components inside it.

    One thing I realise I should have said is to remove the battery from the MBP before warming it. I still think it would work to get the butter out.

    BTW - was there any mention of insurance? For example, if I'd experienced the OP's problem, I could claim the loss of the Mac via my contents insurance. I'd have to pay the first $50.
  18. Benguitar Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    My suggestion is take your MacBook Pro to an authorized Apple service depot (Computer repair store that is authorized to work on Macs) and have them clean it for you.
  19. Theophany macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    NW London.
    Attempting to melt the butter and hold the machine upside down will only result in butter drying to the underside of the keys. Removing the keyboard is the way forward.

    It never ceases to amaze me just how many people spill crap on $1000+ machines. Has money started growing on trees or have old people stopped making the "value of a dollar" speech? ;)
  20. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I would disassemble the unit, take the soiled keyboard and wash it in a tub of distilled water. Electronics can handle that (they do it in the factory) but you have to make sure there's no power (obviously if the keyboard is detached) and that you make sure it's all absolutely dry before you put it back together again.
  21. chilipie macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2006
    The original original poster? ;)
  22. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2008
    I was thinking that for the past few days :p The original P is more like it. That has a nice sound to it, "so now that I am done ranting mindlessly, to answer the original P..."

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