How can I remove the keys from the keyboard to clean underneath?

I recently spilled some juice on my keyboard of the macbook retina, I'm so upset since I literally got this laptop a month ago (I've used the macbook pro before for 6 years before with no immediate problems). The "delete, backslash, and enter" keys are all really sticky. I've been scouring all online how to take off the keys so I can clean them however the keys are way too close to the board compared to other macbooks.

When going to the apple store they said they can't take off the keys and clean them, and I would either have to stick it out with the sticky keys or pay $755 to replace the whole keyboard which is ridiculous. I also ran into another problem where the apple store guy told me to put my laptop in rice and then the rice got stuck at the hinges and caused my laptop to crack... Anyways real question, how can I clean this? Or can I? Or can I try and get away saying it's just sticky keys (as in where are the water sensors located)?


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Oh god. I can't believe an idiot actually said that in the genius Bar.

apple store guy told me to put my laptop in rice and then the rice got stuck at the hinges and caused my laptop to crack...

Just to let you know rice doesn't help at all when it comes to liquid damage it only is good for eating.


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Wow, good job Apple :/

For sticky keys on the A1534 (and usually most models, unless it is just 1 or 2 sticky keys), I prefer to just replace the whole keyboard. Especially on this model, since the keys are low profile as you mention, and it is easy to mess up the plate underneath, so it doesn't click properly. You can however pop off the keys using tweezers, going in from the side.

If the screen is now cracked, this will likely get worse over time (on Retinas, it is very rare for just the glass to crack, usually the picture gets damaged), so this is probably something you need to fix too.

Take it to a good 3rd party place, who can replace just the keyboard and LCD panel, instead of the whole top lid. The keyboard for this model is a 50$-70$ part, and the LCD panel is 100$-110$, which is obviously a lot cheaper than Apple.

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