how to open the apple wired keyboard to clean? (Spilt coffee)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by callagga, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. callagga macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Any advice/links re how to open up the Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad? Spilt some coffee and some of the keys aren't working properly. :(

    Link to the Keyboard I'm Talking About
     
  2. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    These keyboards cannot be taken apart. Count your losses and buy a new one.
     
  3. callagga thread starter macrumors member

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    arrrrrrrrr no - not without a fight :)

    but thanks for advice - you're really sure about what you're saying here?
     
  4. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Wash it in water, and rinse it out really good - then get some distilled water, final rinse with that, shake off everything you can (blow it off with compressed air if you got it) and then leave it somewhere warm and dry for a FEW DAYS to dry.

    Done.

    Yes, it'll work.
     
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  6. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    Yes. There are no take-apart manuals on the internet for these keyboards, and since there are no screws on the keyboard (none under the rubber feet, I checked), it means that it is stuck together with adhesive. Think about how thin the aluminum is. If you were to take it apart, and therefore pry the plastic from the aluminum, the aluminum will bend severely.

    I was bored one day, so I decided I would take apart my wired keyboard with numpad (just like yours, but the US version). I gave up, when the corner bent. So, I now have a slightly bent keyboard that still works. Just count your losses and move on. A keyboard is not a very expensive part. Be happy that you didn't spill coffee on the keyboard of a MacBook. Then you would be in trouble. What with the components under the keyboard and whatnot. But, since you ruined just a keyboard, you should be thankful that you don't have to replace anything else.
     
  7. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    I saw it in a TV show, and it works :)
     
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  9. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    dishwasher may work, just be sure to have it on low (or no) heat (or a plastic-safe setting)

    Water won't hurt your electronics unless you plug them in - the only thing water WILL do (normal water) will leave some mineral / salt residue on circuit traces when it dries. (those pesky water spots that get left on your car when you don't try it fast enough) Anyhow - those can have a negative impact - so by washing it, and rinsing with distilled (or even better, deionized) water - you prevent that from happening.

    Just be patient with the drying bit - because even di water will turn acidic and wreak havoc if you apply power while water is still in there.
     
  10. Perihelion macrumors regular

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    We do this at work to keyboards that people have gummed up with food and coffee. About 1 out of 10 die in the dishwaher, the rest come out fine, sit on the heat register to dry for a few days and go back into service with no problems! Try it out, it can't make it worse...
     
  11. Tarek macrumors 6502

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    Well, get a new one and keep trying to the fix the old one. Smart move. :p
     
  12. danielle.t macrumors newbie

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    keys not working after spill

    Hi All,
    Have read many posts on the topic of spills but haven't come across one that had keys not working after a spill. Most have had sticky keys which have come good after washing/cleaning. My side number keys have stopped working after a coffee spill and I'm wondering if anyone has had success in reviving non-working keys???
    Don't want to stuff the rest of the keyboard up if there is no chance of reviving these keys! Thanks!!
     
  13. callagga thread starter macrumors member

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    as an update by the OP...so I did end up carefully washing the keys under a tap for the keyboard. I tried to make sure the water really got in under the keys.

    I tried it after a day and it didn't work...then day 2 and it didn't even register when I plugged it in. I thought I was screwed at that stage.

    About 1 week later I thought I'd try and and it worked fine! I'm typing now on the same keyboard
     
  14. Raima macrumors 6502

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    Just thought I'd add to the drying process. Rice can help with absorbing the moisture out of the keyboard.

    My keys are a bit sticky after ironically cleaning the keyboard. Just washed it under warm water as a few have suggested. Keys are good again tactually. Just dumped a bowl of rice onto the wet areas and going to leave it sit for a few days and see how it goes.
     
  15. thedeske macrumors 6502a

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    I have a friend who pulled off the dishwasher trick 2 times. Keyboards were near death, so nothing to loose. I thought it was a hoot, and he had success. Dry time was 1 day with a little hair dryer action the first few minutes out of the washer.

    Apple keys are low cost items, so buying new is not breaking the bank for most of us ;)
     
  16. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    last rinse with distilled water with some drops denatured alcohol (methylated spirits) If you have an airing cabinet (cabinet holding electric hot water cylinder) then put it there. If you have access to silica gel then you can put it in a bag with that afterwards.

    Used to wash old radios and TV's out with a hose and then let them dry out for a few month - just took the speaker(s) out before doing it. Always worked fine afterwards. (otherwise humidity would make it fail - there are areas that have 90% humidity and then when getting into an air conditioned area there is condensation everywhere.)
     
  17. iBook_Clamshell macrumors member

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    You should use 99% isopropyl alcohol to wash the keyboard as alcohol evaporates faster and better than water. You can also pry the keys off very easily.
     

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