How do I clean sticky keys on MacBook Pro?
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?
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
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)
. 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.
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......
I had a similar issue. I spilled Pomegranate Blueberry juice (fancy, I know) on on side of my Mac's keyboard. I took some of you all's advice and applied baby oil. I found that it worked a little bit, but it was still a little bit sticky. I then took Isopropyl alcohol and applied it by lifting up the edges a little bit. I find that my keyboard is working a lot better. I think I may apply the alcohol a couple more times throughout the day and then maybe some more baby oil after I am sure I got it all out.
Another note, when you lift up the top edge, more of the key pops off. When I did this, I was able to see under the key and could see the juice on the key, and was able to clean it off with the alcohol. So I may do this the next time for more of the keys. It was a little frightening at first, but just be careful and it'll be fine.
I hope you all find this helpful. If not, I certainly found the previous comments helpful.
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!