Lotion spilled on keyboard, please help!

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  1. Asteriska, Nov 9, 2013
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    Asteriska macrumors newbie

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    I've already googled it, but there's not much info on what to do about a lotion spill specifically. I don't know if the fact that it's lotion (as opposed to a thinner liquid) makes a difference, so I'm asking for advice.

    I opened a tube of hand lotion and it sort of exploded. A bit splattered onto my keyboard (the splatter was about quarter sized, or a bit bigger). I cleaned it off with a tissue, but then noticed some of the keys were typing the wrong letters when I used the keyboard. So I removed the keys around the area of the spill. I only saw trace amounts of lotion in the crevices, which I cleaned out; this leads me to hope that the lotion didn't trickle any further into the inside of the laptop. But I never got the keys working right. I shut down the laptop and removed the battery, and now I have it sitting upside down (hoping that will prevent it from leaking further in).

    What else should do? Is lotion as much of a threat as liquid? I'm really scared right now. I really, really need this laptop for work and can't afford a new one.

    The laptop is a late 2008 13" Aluminum Macbook.

    I don't know if this is important, but just in case: some of the keys that weren't working properly were not the keys that the lotion spilled on. At least one malfunctioning key was on the opposite side of the keyboard from the spill.
     
  2. HIMAN1998 macrumors 6502

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    I'm just hoping it wasn't tissues that were used to wipe up the lotion ;)

    All joking aside, I honestly have no idea how lotion would react on a MacBook keyboard, I have the same model MacBook. Were the key(s) that were away from the spill working properly before the spill, or did it happen when the spill happened? Some might have gotten into the keyboard more, and that is built into the top case, which equals $$$$ to fix, unless you're handy when working on computers, and can find just the keyboard, which would lower the price.
     
  3. Asteriska thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response!

    I'm so nervous right now that I didn't get the joke at first and I was like "Oh no! I DID use tissue! Did I make it worse!?" :p

    I had just turned on my computer when this happened. But I was able to enter my password correctly, and open a few tabs in Chrome before this happened. So I'm assuming the keys were working then. I noticed after I spilled the lotion.
     
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  5. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    keyboards are cheap but the hard part is getting to it.
     
  6. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    These Macbook keyboards are too fragile to be non-replaceable. In an Unibody White Macbook you have to replace the entire top case. Moreover, using lotions and oils while typing on a Macbook is not a very rare use case...

    Hope you can save your Macbook!
     

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