14 Replies Latest reply: Oct 6, 2009 8:21 AM by 1grandidle1
thepcgenius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello,

I have a 13" MacBook Pro. I was cleaning it today and my keyboard had a lot of dust and crap on it, so I decided to use an Air Blaster. The Air Blaster got rid of everything but some liquid also came out and dried within seconds, it hit the arrow key. Will this count as water damage? Please say no!

Thanks

13" MacBook Pro (June 2009), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Shouldn't be a problem. The 'liquid' that comes out of 'canned air' is actually compressed fluorocarbon gas - I'm not sure that will even trip the liquid submersion indicator in an MBP.
  • Allan Leedy Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
    No.
  • thepcgenius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh my god. Thank you so much for that. I'll wait for somebody to clarify the last part =) and then mark it answered
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Clarify which last part?
  • thepcgenius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Can I also ask, I cleaned my touchpad as well. I got a damp tissue and cleaned the whole surface of it, will that trigger anything?
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    No, that's not a problem. I routinely use wet-wipes on my trackpad and keyboard. As long as you spray the cloth, not the computer, it's fine.
  • sdschramm Level 3 Level 3 (500 points)
    Where are the liquid sensors in the MacBook Pro's?
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    See this.
  • thepcgenius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry for bumping this topic but paranoia has hit me again.
    I was reading on the Apple Support Website about LSI, it says only specific notebook laptops have the LSI sensors and the 13" MacBook Pro is not listed. I was cleaning again and I'm a bit worried that I must have done something.
  • Furi0us.Bee Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    As was mentioned, any liquid/spray that is used on the exterior should be applied to a microfiber cloth and not sprayed/spilled on the aluminum. Liquids will "run" and you don't want that liquid to get under the keyboard or under the trackpad.

    I use iKlear with a couple microfiber clothes to clean every inch of the MBP, from the plastic keys, to the glass, to the aluminum. It's safe for these materials (and says so on the bottle). The folks at the Apple store use it all the time. It's really the only thing I've been using for the last 3 years on both my MBPs.

    You have nothing to worry about. Some people worry about high-humidity environments, rain, spilling liquids.... as long as you take precaution never to put that cup of coffee 2 inches from your MacBook and don't put it on the kitchen counter next to the sink, and you don't spray cleaners directly on the hardware, I would say you are 99.999999999% fine.

    Bryan
  • thepcgenius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Phew. The way I clean my MBP is by getting a tissue 100% wet under hot water and then squeeze out all the water so it's a hot damp towel type. Then I get a dry tissue and clean the water off. Mind you, the MBP is usually hot when I clean it and by the time I get hold of the dry tissue, it's already dry, lol.
  • Furi0us.Bee Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    Just be careful of using paper products to rub your finish. I've seen cases where paper towel actually left tiny scuffs/scratches. I'm sure tissue is down on the list of abrasive paper, but I'd rather be safe just the same. Also, tissue could come apart and make it's way under a key or somewhere you don't want paper to end up. Ideally, you'll want to use a soft, lint-free cloth, microfiber if you can.

    Bryan
  • thepcgenius Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That's happened to me before. Tissue coming apart, although not on my Mac but my other computers. I think I'll try the lint-free cloth next time and report back, thanks for the info
  • 1grandidle1 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Please err on the side of caution and just use the iKlear kit! It includes everything you will need.