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


    Mar 8, 2012
    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


    Mar 18, 2013
    I would just bite the bullet and get a new keyboard.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Water and electronics don't mix. I definitely would not recommend doing this.
  4. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    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?
  5. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    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

    Bodie CI5

    Apr 22, 2014
    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


    Jul 10, 2012
    Just wash it with a wet rag. But if the coffee did damage then there's nothing you can do.

Share This Page

7 October 11, 2014