14 Replies Latest reply: Dec 22, 2009 2:37 AM by LeaperBP
Zachhoard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
How can I lightly clean my keyboard. It only has grease on it from typing.

MacBook Pro 13'', Mac OS X (10.6.1), keyboard
  • evan127 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    Wet a microfiber cloth with a tiny tiny bit of water and rub on your keyboard. I use iKlear and spray just enough to get the job done on a microfiber cloth.
  • LeaperBP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    How "idiot proof" is iKlear? I mean, I suppose it must be possible to put too much liquid on the cloth or something and mess up the computer, but is there safeguards against it somehow?
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5 (4,935 points)
    There's no safeguard against taking the bottle and pouring it over your keyboard. The only safeguard is the user. For every person I've told (that I know) don't keep an empty beverage container near their machine, a new thread is created on some laptop/portable computer discussion board about a spilled wine glass, soda drink, etc.

    I bought the "kit" that comes with two cloths, a small cloth and a larger cloth as well as 30-40 wipes. I find the wipes are quite handy as the amount of iKlear solution is just enough to get the job done without creating a thread of liquid exposure.
  • LeaperBP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ah, the wipes sound good. I tend to be very careful when it comes to my computers, and I'm not used to the level of vigilance needed for a laptop. I guess I could also ask the Apple Store people their suggestions too; after all, I'm certain those demo machines get filthy.
  • evan127 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    If its dripping then thats not good
  • tele_player Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
    In contrast to those who recommend using expensive marketing scams disguised as special cleaning supplies, for years, I've found it quite effective to use an ordinary piece of cloth, moistened slightly with water. For more stubborn keyboard grime, I might use something like Windex. I'm careful to just moisten, rather than saturate, the cloth. If it drips, it's too wet.

    These things really don't need to be babied that much.
  • LeaperBP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, the wipes seem like a good option because they're pre-moistened. There's a couple of threads in this forum where people thought their cloths weren't too damp, only to have their computers die soon after. So I'd rather be able to sue a manufacturer.
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,780 points)
    In addition to the recommendations posted by others I would wash my hands thoroughly often.
  • tele_player Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
    LeaperBP wrote:
    Well, the wipes seem like a good option because they're pre-moistened. There's a couple of threads in this forum where people thought their cloths weren't too damp, only to have their computers die soon after. So I'd rather be able to sue a manufacturer.


    The difference between moist and dripping wet seems pretty simple to me, but for those who find this distinction too subtle, pre-moistened wipes are probably a good idea.
  • JE13 Level 4 Level 4 (3,920 points)
    I use the iKlear wipes. I like them because they come in nice little packets that I can take with me anywhere. One wipe can clean everything--screen, casing, keys. They do a nice job. Buff with the cloths that came with your computer (you should have two blue ones) and your Mac will be clean and happy.
  • LeaperBP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, there's a LOT of wiggle room between "damp" and "dripping wet," and as I said, there are threads here about laptops that died due to water damage from cloths that fell in between. (Admittedly, this is only by their owners' claim; who knows what the truth is.)

    And it's odd; I just got one black cloth. Who got two blue?
  • tele_player Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
    The key difference, of course, is that moist doesn't drip. It's not that hard to tell when something doesn't drip - but yes, I've read of people getting it wrong.
  • marconiusrex Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    Lightly spray the cloth with the IKlear. One pump is usually enough, and lightly rub the keys of the keyboard. How hard is that?
  • LeaperBP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Not hard at all, but my question was about making absolutely sure that the cloth wasn't too damp. It's possible for the cloth not to be dripping, but still wet enough to get moisture inside, isn't it?