Overused Moshi Keyboard Cover?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by icedd, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. icedd macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2009
    I've had my cover for awhile now and it seems to protect the keyboard from oil stains, dust pretty much flawlessly.

    But as I noticed on my keyboard, my spacebar seems like it does have a light oil stain. Perhaps it is the excess use of the spacebar on the cover that it seeped through?

    Did anyone encounter the same problem? I have had it for a number of months now.
  2. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    It's possible that it's slightly porous. Have you cleaned the keyboard protector since you installed it? I have the same protector and clean it ~once per month and have no oil spots on the keys below.
  3. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    The ClearGuard is pretty thick and I don't think you can wear it down. It's might be possible but not likely? Perhaps someone used it and took off the ClearGuard and was typing? I get at my keyboard everyday heavily but it doesn't show any sort of wear.
  4. icedd thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2009
    I never bothered cleaning it because the foggy look is still there. I didn't think it would help. What do you guys clean it with?
  5. fireman13 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2008
    Florida Panhandle
    I scrub and clean mine with an old tooth brush and soapy water, but it still has that foggy look like you said. I'm up for ideas as well on a better way to clean it.
  6. cu2010 macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2009
    new york city
    second that. i used dish liquid to no avail.
  7. phixiuz macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2009
    I thought I read a blog post about this, a review of this keyboard protector and in the comments some of the people had the same problem and one of them had an answer, they used some kinda product, but I don't know anymore exactly what it was. This way he got it 100% clean again. The problem is indeed that it's slightly porous.
  8. mousouchop macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    New York
    While I don't have the Moshi guard, I have had several keyboard protectors on my Mac-- have tried 3 different kinds, and they have all left slight temporary wear on my keys from time to time.

    Usually you can buff out the marks from the keys with something like a microfiber cloth or a like fabric. But in the end-- it all comes down to friction. You have covered your keyboard yes-- but you are still actively touching it and causing friction.

    The keyboard WILL show wear at some point in time. Using guards like Moshi's only delay the process (very effectively so I might add). My Unibody Macbook is almost 1 year old, and has never been typed one word without a keyguard. The most used keys do have early signs of the normal wear you see on the usually suspects-- Spacebar, a, s, d, w, e, Left Shift. They are only slightly more shiny than the other keys-- I think only I could actually tell the difference. :p

    Just clean your keygaurd and buff your keys at least once a month and you should be fine!
  9. icedd thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2009
    Alright, so toothbrush and soapy water for the keyboard cover. I will also try dishwashing liquid.

    Do you guys have any idea how to buff the keys themselves? I do have a microfiber cloth. What would you advise me to do with it?
  10. klee1987 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    my sister's clearguard is turning yellow =[

    it really show because it's on a white macbook

    can I clean the yellow stain off with a toothbrush?

  11. icedd thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2009
    Hey guys, new update.

    I used toothbrush and soap, then used dishwashing liquid after and the keyboard cover looks perfectly clean. No cloudy look whatsoever.

    Next, I'm going to tried and use some dishwashing liquid and damp it with a cleaning cloth and try to get that nasty oil stain off my actual spacebar.
  12. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I'll use the toothbrush now. I had the cloudy look, but even with dish soap, it would still be cloudy.... But my keyboard is fresh and minty, that's all I care about. ;)
  13. fireman13 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2008
    Florida Panhandle
    klee 1987:

    You may want to try some heavily diluted bleach. I would certainly do a small spot test first. I do believe this will work for you. I'm not sure what brand of cover your sister is using but I assume that it is probably made out of the same material.

    I would start with 1/4 cup of bleach to about 2 quarts of water. If this does nothing, increase the amount of bleach. You may have to let it soak for a few hours, then rinse it off extensively with water.
  14. Digital1nk macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2010
    Reply: Over Used Moshi Keyboard Cover.

    Guys I found that if you take your moshi cover into the bathroom, we the moshi cover place the cover on the mirror, the water should allow it to stick, take whatever hand soap you have scrub it with a toothbrush, rinse repeat with dish soap, rinse, then place the moshi cover in a facecloth about the same size as the cover, roll it up like the shamwow in the commercial, then wipe the entire thing over with a microfiber or glasses cleaning cloth until dry, it produces he best result, *i've found* if you just look through it not on your keyboard it still looks non clear, but once you place it on your keyboard it should be about 90% clear:apple::p
  15. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  16. uberamd macrumors 68030


    May 26, 2009
    Chances are that the key wear is caused by the cover rubbing/sliding against the keys. I use a Moshi and while it fits great it does slide a hair when typing and eventually that will wear the keys.
  17. wilflare macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2010
    sorry to bump this up but my clearguard is turning yellow too :/
  18. wilflare macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2010
    anyone got a good method to remove the yellowing?
  19. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm thinking of buying one of these tonight. Does anyone have one? If so, when did you buy it?

    I'm wondering (hoping) that they fit properly, that they aren't too hard to take care of, and that they last a while..
  20. MacGurl111 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2010
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    FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Best way to clean keyboard covers

    I'm a big fan of foaming soap dispensers (like the Method foamers available at Target stores in the US). Foaming soap works remarkably well to clean keyboard covers. Cover one side with foam, spread it over the whole surface, and then rinse. No rubbing with a toothbrush or anything else is necessary. I usually do both sides twice since it's very quick. The keyboard covers are squeaky-clean after washing them this way. I like to dry the covers with a small microfiber towel I keep near my laptop. Foaming soap is also the best way to clean eyeglasses.

    I can find no scientific literature explaining why foaming liquid soap enhances its effectiveness. There is the popular science book Universal Foam, but Perkowitz doesn't talk about foaming soap. Many are familiar with the minimizing principle of soap bubbles: soap film tries to minimize surface area. The surface area of a foam of many tiny bubbles is quite large; this seems to give foam the ability to rapidly lift dirt and grease from surfaces.

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