How do I clean sticky keys?
Apparently, some sweet tea got under the keys of my pretty much brand new MBP. It WAS NOT a spill; it was from the tea-covered hand of my 1 year old son. He laid his hand across the keyboard when both he and the MBP were picked up (after he covered himself in the tea), and apparently that was enough to make some of the keys stick, particularly those on the left side of the keyboard, and most of all the space bar. I find plenty of info on spills, but nothing on how to clean up from just enough liquid to be an annoyance. Like I said, I've only had the laptop for about 3 weeks, so I'm pretty fuming, to say the least. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
''Unlucky you - ''these keys are not easily removable unlike older models.
To be safe you'd be best off removing the entire top case and before trying to clean it (to eliminate another exposure to moisture or cleaning agents inside the laptop). The problem with "sticky" is that means sugar, and residues which are hard to remove. So you'll have to introduce moisture which is risky. You might try wiping with a very damp, but not soaking wet, cotton terry or microfiber cloth. If there's lots of juice under the keys they may have to come off.
Some of the new model keys are turned or angled 90º to what was the "standard" orientation. Usually they will pop off (a fingernail, small plastic wedge as from a guitar or tooth pick will slip under one edge), and then can be pressed back on after cleaning (the plastic keys could be put into a mesh bag and washed in the top tray of a dishwasher) - providing you dont break or tear off any of the teflon hinges or nipples on the scissors.
AFTER EXPOSURE TO MOISTURE DRY WELL WITH NO FORCED AIR, a fan or hairdryer will only blow wet into the currently dry places. Wipe with a 99% denatured alcohol solution to speed drying (60% has too much water) then enclose the unit in a sealed container with a desiccant - either commercial, or, something like rice for at least 48hr and change the desiccant 2 or 3x
A work around might be to buy a keyboard cover (I know it's too late, but the cover would eliminate your hands hitting the sticky) if that's your issue, not the keys being glued to the keyboard.
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