I think I killed my keyboard.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Beggar Monkey, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. Beggar Monkey macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009
    Well, I knew it was going to happen to me sooner or later. As I was laughing hysterically over a very funny video on YouTube, I managed to hit my elbow against my Mike's Hard Lemonade (which I apparently had a little too much of) and spill it all over my keyboard, phone, and papers. I tried to get as much of it up as quickly as possible, wiping down the keyboard and turning it upside down to shake it out, and I thought I had done a pretty good job. Alas, when I woke up this morning and tried logging into my email my keyboard was completely unresponsive. It looks like there is still some lemonade trapped in the bottom. Is there anything I can do to save it or should I just give in and buy a new one?

    I have the standard Mac keyboard for OS X with the numeric keypad if that helps at all.
  2. kroeks macrumors regular

    there are some topics about liquified keyboards around here.
    what i should do is just try and let it dry for like 2 days.

    Contact someone at a retail store. They can prolly help you!
  3. Beggar Monkey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2009
    I kind of looked around but I didn't see any other threads. I guess I should look harder next time. :3

    Thanks! I'll let it sit around a bit before I look into buying a new one then. This is the first time my keyboard has been completely unresponsive, so I panicked a bit.
  4. kroeks macrumors regular

    I can understand that!
    (tip: go to the macbook tread)

    I once had this with a regular keyboard.
    Well.. regular.. It was a pretty expensive Logitec gamerkeyboard.

    I searched for a bit:
    I think its the best to NOT USE IT for a while.
    It could only damage the system more If you do so.
    Just try and contact the retailer/visit one or a computer shop.
    They could provide you with tips

    good luck!
  5. Mike Macintosh macrumors regular

    Mike Macintosh

    Sep 20, 2009
    Washington State
    Word of Advice, don't eat or drink around your computers, :p saves the whole problem from happening in the first place, but ya give it a couple days and see if it starts working again, if not just buckle up and get a new one.
  6. n459umb4786ers macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2009
    Well I heard some people say they washed their Apple keyboard in their dishwasher on the top rack on the low cycle. Probably with no soap and let it try for a few days just to be safe. If I ever spill something on my future Apple keyboard I would wash it in the dish wash since it's the only solution other than Apple replacing it under warranty.
  7. sharkync macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2009
    Hose it off (what do you have to lose) and put it in your oven at ~120-150F for 6-8 hrs. Hopefully giving it a good rinse will remove the sugars etc. that were in the lemonade.

    Look on the bright side - at least it wasn't a laptop.
  8. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    Could be you didn't let it dry long enough. I have heard many tales of ipods surviving being washed by accident so I would imagine a keyboard could live again.
  9. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I would submerge it or throw it in the dishwasher. Long shot either way, but I think better then letting it sit.

    Plus new ones are cheap.
  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The acid in the lemonade is going to digest the traces, and the sugar will leave sticks keys.

    A newer aluminum keyboard cannot be taken apart and cleaned. And if the traces get eaten, it is bye bye keyboard.

    The old plastic ones can be cleaned and repaired as long as you don't kill the circuit board, the digested traces can be repaired with a Radio Shack trace pen.
  11. n459umb4786ers macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2009
  12. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    I have also read the suggestions that you put it in the dishwasher with no soap and let it dry for a few days. While I don't know it that will work, I did spill beer on my Mighty Mouse (wired) and the click got a little sticky and loud. I finally decided I had to either fix it or replace it because it was too annoying. So, I put it in a glass of hot water from the tap (so maybe 130 degrees) and pulled it up and down by the cord for a minute or so. I then drained it and let it sit for three days. Result? Good as new.

    Before you give up entirely on it, I would suggest either using the dishwasher method or running hot tap water on it so that it can get a good rinse. Then let it dry for at least a couple of days before plugging it in.
  13. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    Seeing as though you've gotten many good answers thus far, what was the funny video?:)

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