Please help me clean my keyboard!

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  1. flyersgl macrumors member

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    New mac convert, I have had my iMac aluminum keyboard for 3 months and the keys are getting a tiny bit grubby. I am thinking I can turn off, unplug, spray a mild cleaner on a soft cloth and clean it up, but I cannot find a single source anywhere on the web that confirms this is ok. Is there any reason I can't do this?
     
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    I've also heard a bit of rubbing alcohol also helps clean up.
     
  5. flyersgl thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, water worked ok. There's a few keys I will try rubbing alcohol on.
     
  6. RichardI macrumors 6502a

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    Cotton swabs (I use Q-Tips) work quite well for getting into those smaller areas. For even smaller areas go your local model shop and pick up some Micro Brushes they are awesome for that job.

    Rich
     
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    In the US you can buy a box of alcohol swabs for ~$0.99. The same ones used on you when you get an injection or IV at a medical facility. These work great to clean keyboards and mice.
     
  8. ian.maffett macrumors 6502

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    Wow - Q-Tips? That's cool but I have other things to clean today... lol J/K that's good detailing.
    Personally, I use a baby wipe. They're perfect. Mildly cleansing, damp but not saturated and I always have them. (FYI - you don't need a baby to buy them).
    Seriously, aside from displays they work great for most of my computer cleaning needs.
     
  9. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    If your keyboard is really dirty enough to warrant cleaning beyond just unleashing a can of compressed air and a wipe down with a moist cloth, I think it is time to get a new one.:rolleyes:
     
  10. RichardI macrumors 6502a

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    yellow: Love your avatar. LMAO

    Rich :cool:
     
  11. gr8whtd0pe macrumors 6502a

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    Baby wipes will get blood out of concrete. Good stuff.
     
  12. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a

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    The alum boards are cake to clean. Just take a paper towel and some isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) and wipe it all down.

    Much better than removing every key like the crumb-catcher white boards they used to ship.
     
  13. ian.maffett macrumors 6502

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    Wow - I don't even want to know how you figured that out. I'll definitely have to try it though. Anyone want to volunteer?
     
  14. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    yep, these things stay pretty clean.. ESPECIALLY compared to the old pro keyboards... those things were a pain
     
  15. gr8whtd0pe macrumors 6502a

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    ;)
     

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