Is it true that you can wash the iMac's wireless keyboard?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TJ82, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. TJ82 macrumors 6502a

    TJ82

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    Most my keys aren't working after spilling coffee on it last night (big ***** spider attacked me and coffee went everywhere).

    I saw some guys in threads saying they washed the keyboard under a tap and dried it out. Are they serious? Thinking to give it a try if I can get some reassurance.
     
  2. koulmj Suspended

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    I would just bite the bullet and get a new keyboard.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Water and electronics don't mix. I definitely would not recommend doing this.
     
  4. Solomani macrumors 68040

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    I'm not sure that's a great idea.

    I would dab the keyboard with moist towel and just rub it clean as much as possible. Use moist Q-tips to clean in between the keys and the cracks to clean out the sticky coffee residue. Q-tips moistened with alcohol is the best way to clean off residue in the cracks, since (rubbing) alcohol dries very quickly.

    Then let it air dry for a day or two. Should be fine, hopefully.

    A spider attacked you while you were on the computer?

    Was it kinda like this?
    [​IMG]
     
  5. thedeske macrumors 6502a

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    The washed keys I know about were the older wired versions with switches.
    Success rate was good. If you try it on a BT membrane key, make sure you're ready to buy a new one if/when it fails.

    Coffee is 2 feet to the left and never held over the key, cause Spidey Is Watching ;)
     
  6. Bodie CI5 macrumors regular

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    Damn you, Solomani! :mad:

    THANKFULLY coffee mug was on table and MBA on lap...

    In Indiana Jones voice: "Spiders. Why'd it have to be spiders?"

    And so, I shall never enter this thread again :(

    But, at the same time I can see your black humour, and almost laughed, even IF I want to non-violently beat you up with rose petals or something :D
     
  7. xmichaelp macrumors 68000

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    Just wash it with a wet rag. But if the coffee did damage then there's nothing you can do.
     

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