keyboard help (spilled drink)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stephenxiii, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. stephenxiii macrumors regular

    stephenxiii

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    #1
    I have the wired imac slim aluminum keyboard.
    And for the past 2 days i have accidentally spilt irn-bru ( traditional scottish soft drink) which is full of sugar.

    I am normally very careful with my apple stuff but lately i've had a hectic schedule.

    I just want to know is there any damage ben done to it?
    and how can i clean it inside

    or am i better of getting a new wireless keyboard and mouse
    :apple:
     
  2. gdeputy macrumors 6502a

    gdeputy

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    #2
    You have a couple options.

    Let it dry, and see what happens.

    or

    You can rinse it in deionized water, and then let it dry (hopefully cleaning off all the sugar residue which to me would be the main worry).

    The truth is, any electronic that get's wet will not be broken if it's NOT powered on. If it was ON when it happened theres a chance something broke on it. If you clean it, let it dry (i would use a bag of rice or something similar) it might be just fine. It ALSO might be fine if you just let it dry, but again, a sugary drink like a soda is a much worse spill than water.
     
  3. j-mods macrumors newbie

    j-mods

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    #4
    I'm not sure if your drink has any acid in it, but i have seen it damage the electronics in a keyboard, but this all depends on the amount of time it was on the keyboard for, if the keyboard was on when it was spilled, etc... The best option is to soak the keyboard in water and leave it for ages to dry.
     
  4. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    I'd just buy a new keyboard. If it was a sugared drink it'll never feel the same again even if it's not technically broken.

    Not worth the time to save it in my opinion, especially when there's no way you'll purge 100% of the sugar out of that thing.
     
  5. j-mods macrumors newbie

    j-mods

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    #6
    that's a good point, i bought my wireless aluminum keyboard on ebay, fully working for £10.00, if you don't want to spend the £57 that apple charges.
     

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