Water on trackpad

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ar15203, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. ar15203 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2010
    I've spilled a tiny amount of water on my trackpad (drops of sweat from a glass, so not much at all) and now the trackpad isn't working. The cursor is delayed and inaccurate and reminds me of windshield wipers on a dry windshield in that it bounces across the screen. Also, the menu of a right click keeps popping up but I haven't right clicked. Is there any way that I can dry under the trackpad? Can I take the trackpad off? I have a 13'' unibody. I did fold paper towels in half and stuck them in the cracks between the trackpad and the wrist rest and that did get some water up, but there is either still water under there or permanent damage. Any ideas? I'm not very tech-savy, so I'd rather not take the whole thing apart on my own, but it is work issued and I'd have to take it to them before I can take it to an Apple store.
  2. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Well your warranty is probably void if it got under the trackpad. You could just take a chance and take it to an apple store.
  3. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    Turn it off, don't use it, and let it dry. I have gotten my trackpad slightly wet before, and it worked fine after drying off.
  4. ar15203 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2010

    It's only been a couple of hours and it's back to normal already. Phew! My IT guys aren't exactly friendly, so I'm glad I was able to avoid a visit with them.
  5. blunderboy macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    Yeah, moisture on a trackpad (I don't mean drenching it, but minor amounts) will temporarily make it difficult to use. I had that happen with other trackpads on different computers, and wiping the trackpad or waiting for it to dry will usually help.
  6. Azathoth macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2009
    Wiped my 2010 MBP15 down with a moist towel (wanted to remove lead solder paste residue from work). Trackpad has been going haywire (jumping and multiclicking with tap to click enabled) for the past couple of hours - hopefully playing some video to get the mac warm and dried out will sort it out. Will keep others posted in case a future generation suffers from this :)
  7. Tas98765 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2011
    This happened to me - I just cleaned the keyboard and track pad with a normal damp cloth as if you would dust your bookshelves. The track pad has been jumpy for 24 hours now.

    Can you tell me if yours was eventually fixed? I'm a bit worried that mine still isn't fixed :/
  8. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Just turn it off, the best thing is to not have electricity running through it and let it dry
  9. Quad5Ny, Aug 20, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011

    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    Clean your Aluminum MacBook with high purity isopropyl alcohol (91%). It evaporates quickly and does not leave anything behind. It's safe on the glass trackpad, glass screen and current Apple chicklet keyboards as well.

    Just make sure you don't do anything stupid, like spill it on your MacBook. Oh any keep it away from matte coated screens. :p

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