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I spilt pepsi on my MacBook Pro, have had it cleaned and diagnosed and everything is fine except for sticky keys. I've been told that I will need to replace the entire top shell at a huge cost. Is there anyway that i can clean it without replacing the entire top shell?

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You can pop the individual keys off by carefully levering them from the left side. Give everything a thorough clean and reattach them.

Heres a video illustrating the process.

Thanks for your help, have cleaned the keys with isopropyl and the stickiness has almost completely gone, didn't need to remove the keys.

Jed ,

nice video

mayer,

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Yeah. I seemed to have found a way.. mistakingly!

A couple weeks ago I spilled some juice on my keyboard, thankfully nothing was damaged but i ended up with like 10 keys on my keyboard extremely sticky, and everyday it would just get worse... and it was just that more frustrating.

I had used baby oil to moisten my skin randomly after a friend told me it was good.. My hands were still oiley and I was just responding to facebook chat, didn't even know I had mistakenly greased up my keypad..

A couple hours later I notice that half the keys arent sticky anymore... like the backspace/enter keys etc. Obviously the other ones not so much because I barely used them! So best way is to grab a paper tower, apply baby oil and just clean your keyboard as you would if you used a cleaning agent.

works like a charm

I'd check/clean the inside of you computer. There's nothing under the keys but air... Orange Juice could be acidic or sugary... which will cause corrosion on logic board over time. - Good luck.

machead3,

BABY OIL worked like a charm!!! Typing this up on my new, completely NON STICKY keyboard! Friends have spilled a few drops of whiskey coke on my keyboard, everything fine, except the stickiness. Found this thread, applied a little baby oil onto a paper towel, carefully wiped the keys that were affected, and the stickiness has disappeared IMMEDIATELY. Thanks so much!!!

Victoria Vee,

When you say you've used baby oil to get the stickiness out, are you talking about the surface only? Or does that somehow clean underneath the keys that are hard to press due to juice spilling?

Katy Welch,

I used vinegar and toothpicks, but it did not quite get everything. I did not have baby oil so I used the performance oil I use for my paper shredder, I placed a small drop on the key and let the oil move into the key spaces, it worked great.

Donna Straub,

Yeah!! Large Chai Tea Latte on my mac! I dried it, cleaned it etc. no major problems but a few sticky keys. I followed your advice, baby oil works just great!! They wanted to charge me more than 400€ to replace the whole top. Thanks a lot!!!

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I've just cleaned mine too!

I accidentally spilt syrup on one of my keys! ( I know, end of the world! )

Quickly wiped it up and it seemed fine, but the key started sticking more and more..

So I just clicked up the key with a little force from the bottom,

soaked a cotton bud in warm soapy water, squeezed it a bit so it was only damp,

and then wiped around under the key.

Lifted the flicky bit up and wiped around it, put the key back in place,

clicked it down, and it's absolutely perfect! Like nothing happened!

Now just need to be more careful..

Thanks for the tips!

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Confirmed, spilt apple juice on keyboard, seemed ok until the next day when the spacebar had become seriously sticky. Popped the spacebar off using a plectrum (scary!!) and used a cotton bud with a tiny drop of baby oil on it!! popped the bar back on until it clicked. voila!! perfect just like it never happened!! (Macbook Pro Retina Late 2013)

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. baby oil worked for me as well. I ever so slightly lifted up on a side of the pesky key, (no need to remove the key). I depressed it several times and it no longer sticks.

I then gave all of the keys a gentle wiping and the keyboard looks as new as ever.

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Oill & Air -

My same key began sticking once again so I gave it a better treatment this time

gently lift one SIDE of the pesky key with the rounded curved part of a paper clip. Let some baby oil drip along the paper clip and get under the key.

While the key is still gently pried up, use forced air from a dust remover canister with a long nozzle to clean the space and to move the oil around.

Then repeat on the other side of the key......

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not sure about this. You might look at Apple icon (upper left hand corner) >system preferences > track pad

I don't think the baby oil could hurt the trackpad. Try a dab or two at the edges and then tap the trackpad repeatedly as the oil seeps underneath.

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