Spilt Pepsi on my Macbook Pro. HELP!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by trixy54, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. trixy54 macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2006
    Okay, so i was eating my dinner, and accidentally knocked a can of Pepsi on my Macbook Pro.. the pepsi spilt all over the right side of the keyboard..

    I was SUPER angry with myself.. but nonetheless dried it off immediately, and all they keys seemed to be working, and everything was in tip top shape...

    i then noticed that pepsi was seeping out, from under a few of the keys.. i took a hairdryer and dried/wiped it up..

    all the keys seem to be working now.. and the only problem is that the underside of the keys are slightly sticky...

    Any ideas on how i can "unstick" them?

    pleease help!
  2. iShane macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2006
    New York -> SF
    In the owners manuel it should tell you how to take off the keyboard and then just wipe the underside of the keyboard down with some kind of cloth.
  3. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Don't turn it back on until you think it's dried out or else you could short it out.
  4. trixy54 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2006
    the computer never turned off... in fact im using it right now...

    its perfectly fine..

    only the damn sticky keys! :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  5. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Worst case senario would be you just replace the keyboard. Check the service manual on how to remove it as suggested above.
  6. operator macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    I've heard that mac laptops are built to take a spill on the keyboard. I had beer spilled all over my iBook keyboard, and also had to dry it off, and use a hair-dryer, etc. Like yours, my iBook still worked perfectly except for sticky keys, especially the spacebar. But this went away after awhile, and from normal usage.
  7. trixy54 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2006
    hmm.. this seems to be getting worse with more usage :/

    and i hope they are built to withstand that lol.. im living proof :D
  8. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Why would your MacBook Pro be near food and Pepsi? :eek:

    I almost never eat or drink near my computers, with the expection of water....even I keep my distance! :D I've seen other's have their dinner plate and glass of soda right next to their computers.

    Just can't stand the thought of doing that. :)
  9. imacintel macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2006
    This is why I bought a keyboard for my iMac that isn't damaged when it has had liquids spilled on it. I have spilled Coke, Orange Juice, coffee and water on this keyboard and it is perfectly fine. In fact I am typing on it now.
  10. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

    Next Tuesday

    Sep 14, 2006
    I agree, why would you have food and drinks anywhere near a $2,000+ laptop?
  11. jlanuez macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2006

    Why would you have food & drinks anywhere near a THREE thousand dollar laptop?
  12. typecase macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2005
    I don't know if this is true for notebooks but for desktop keyboards, the acid(s) in soda may digest and destroy the electrical connection that allows the communication of a keypress. It's this reason that prevention is better than cure, as a new keyboard for a MBP is expensive and cumbersome to install.
  13. NatPro macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2006
    i did this with my ibook.... but with coke..
    and now, its basically ****ed. the motherboard is screwed, so it keeps shutting down randomly
  14. trapperjohn117 macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2006
    i eat and drink all the time with my macbook, the only thing, and i mean the ONLY thing i ever drink is snapple raspberry iced tea. havent spilled anything at all on the keyboard but i was listening to a podcast one day, took a drink then one of the guys said something funny and i spit my drink all over the screen, the macbook was fine though. i seem to be a creature of habit, last year i would only drink orange gatorade, but buying the seprate containers got to expensive so i went with the powdered stuff. i mixed it into a pitcher that could hold a quart or two and accidently dropped my 30GB video ipod in it. the thing was fryed, so what do you think i did? i took it apart and made it into this thing


    but all is well now because i have a brand new black 80GB ipod.
  15. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    Little grey, chilly island.
    I think I speak for everyone when I say;

    Oh what the hell is that?
  16. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Perhaps you should learn how to eat & drink. Seriously, babies don't spill that much.
  17. Machead III macrumors 6502

    Machead III

    Nov 4, 2002
    UK, France
  18. Cybix macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    Western Australia
    :D so funny hehehe
  19. trixy54 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2006
    well... okay now i've learnt my lesson, NEVER EAT OR DRINK near my lovely notebook...

    BUT the problem still remains... My keyboard is STICKY! :mad:

    and the only reason i was eating my dinner next to it was because i have A LOT of work to do, and i work for hours straight... If it were up to me, i wouldn't have to eat, cause i simply dont have time!

    so... any remedies?
  20. gmckenzi macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2006
    Ottawa, Canada
    My wife used to think I was overly cautious with my rules regarding beverages around my laptops, which are:

    1. If possible, the beverage should be on a different physical surface than the surface occupied by my laptop. Example, right now I am working on a corner desk, and have a separate lateral filing cabinet to my right. The beverage should be on the filing cabinet. If the beverage spills, there is no physical connection between the two surfaces, and spillage will run harmlessly onto the floor.

    2. If there is no viable separate surface within reach, then the beverage must be placed on my work surface set back from the laptop so that it is behind an imaginary boundary extending from the rear-most edge of my laptop. Example, the beverage is sitting about ten inches to the right of the keyboard, but is sitting farther back on the table so that if you looked down on the table, it would appear to be farther away from me than the trailing edge of my laptop. Hence, should the beverage spill, it will spill behind the laptop.

    As I say, she found my rules overly rigid....until the day when she spilled water on the keyboard of her Vaio. :(

  21. Collin973 macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2006
    I didn't read through all of the posts, but I've always used top grade denatured alcohol to clean sticky keys on keyboards, mice, video game console controllers and it works really well and it evaporates rapidly. I'd turn off your laptop completely, take the battery out, poor some denatured alcohol on/around the sticky keys and press them multiple times till the alcohol evaporates. It should take away the sticky residue in the keys. but remember, use denatured alcohol (you'd probably have to buy it at a hardware store), not isopropyl alcohol.

    Good luck and i hope you get it fixed!
  22. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Clovis, California
    trixy54, even though you've got the MBP somewhat dry, you're still going to have to remove the keyboard and de-stickify it with distilled water. Because PEPSI contains citric acid and is therefore corrosive to metals such as aluminum. The residue left behind is (or will be) eating away at your computer.

    Post the model and size of your MBP, and either I or someone will then post the corresponding iFixit Guide so that you will be able to disassemble / reassemble your MBP properly. :)
  23. PygmySurfer macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2006
    Wellesley, ON
    Are you sure she just didn't want you to get her a Mac? :)
  24. trixy54 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2006

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