Keys don't resist grease\smudges as well

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by shenan1982, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Just an observation, the keys on this version are more matte than previous MacBooks, thus making them more quick to show grease\smudges, which is a bit annoying. Just an observation.

    What do you use to clean your keyboard?
  2. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2014
    Windex and a terry towel. This keyboard has been the easiest to clean yet.

    The oils don't bother me however.
  3. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Yeah seems like it'd be easier to clean since it's flatter, bigger keys, and as they're rubbed they're not flapping all over the place. So windex (alcohol\amonia) is safe for the keys?
  4. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2014
    I used it last night it didn't seem to be an issue. I also use Simple Green or that organic Arm & Hammer stuff that my wife keeps under the sink.

    Wait for input from other users. In my case however neither this MacBook nor the rMBP 13 it replaced had any problems with it.
  5. enduser99 macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2015
    I agree with OP. keyboard on rMB felt much greasier than my MBA. Somehow I have a feeling it will get better as the texture on the key surface wears off.
  6. fatefulwhisper macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    Been doing this for years with my previous MacBook Air's and Pro's I've owned in the past:

    Basically, 3 parts rubbing alcohol and 7 parts water. Diluting the alcohol in water helps to decrease the "harshness" of it with regards to contact on your skin after cleaning. In terms of the keyboard itself, it won't damage anything, and helps to dissolve the grease. You can read the link above for more info.

    I believe a lot of commercial keyboard cleaners use the same or similar solution above, so you can DIY your own solution for a fraction of the cost.
  7. feard macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2011
    These issues are starting to pile up. I have high expectations for this Macbook and my keyboard is covered in smudges too. Never had this problem before or noticed it this bad.
  8. junkw macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2010
    It's the new Retina keyboard where you see smudge with better resolution.
  9. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2015
    smudgegate! lol :rolleyes:
  10. gglockner macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    Yes, I noticed finger grease on the keyboard even after a few minutes with the new MacBook. I never use water on any electronics, including water-based cleaners. The only thing I use is rubbing alcohol, in the highest grade I can find (generally 93%).
  11. shenan1982 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Nice suggestion, I will try. Thanks!
  12. GiantCow macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    Any concern with the actual key label being rubbed off over time when using rubbing alcohol to clean it?

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