Trackpad is sticky but still works? Help?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by livelaughlx3ve, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. livelaughlx3ve, Mar 9, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2012

    livelaughlx3ve macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
    I must of spilt a little bit of something sticky on my trackpad a while back, but now it's acting up. Right now it still registers like I can move the mouse and stuff and I'm able to left click although it isn't as "clickable" as it was before and left clicking isn't working. Is there a way to clean the stickiness? I'm at a university with no close apple store by and our campus computer store charges a ridiculous amount. Any input would be great! I have a MacBook Pro is one whole track pad. There's not distinct buttons for right and left.
  2. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    I don't know how to get rid of the sticky substance off of your trackpad, but I guess you can turn on the Tap-to-Click function as a temporary fix until you get your laptop fixed by Apple or some other store. It's in the trackpad config in the system preference.
  3. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2011
  4. Cosarz macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2012
    If you have a screen cleaner you can use the spray and spray it on the trackpad. It worked for me;)
  5. Arelunde macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2011
    CA Central Coast
    There are little packets available that have damp lint-free cloths inside them for cleaning glasses. Similar products are available for cleaning computer parts and screens - likely the dampness is an alcohol-based liquid so it doesn't short out the electronics. I recommend using something like that to clean the trackpad. Any goop on there is going to interfere with its ability to sense where your fingers are.

    Another option - which requires GREAT care - is to LIGHTLY spray a paper towel with a grease-free surface cleaner such as Windex and then wipe the trackpad with the dampened paper towel. DO NOT spray directly onto the trackpad (or any other part of the computer).
  6. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2011
    Yeah no biggie, just put a little bit of water on a soft paper towel to make it slightly damp, then wipe it down and continue on. It's an aluminum and glass computer, not a nuclear reactor, lol. Cheers!
  7. Eliz macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Colored trackpad

    Hi all, sorry for interrupting. I recently realized that my trackpad is slightly yellowish and rusty although it works fine. Should I be worried about this? Or should I get a new one? Any suggestions? Thanks.
  8. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    I think you are referring to discoloring from sweat and what not - it's certainly not rust. I'm not sure how much luck you will have cleaning that especially with water - try some rubbing alcohol gently to see if you can remove anything.
  9. Eliz macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Thanx... I cleaned it with a li'l alcohol but it's still there... Guess I'll just wait till it stops working. will use my magic mouse till then.
  10. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan

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