4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 24, 2014 11:11 AM by brucet9
jay pegg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I would apreciate being pointed in the direction of info that will tell me how to clean my keyboard. Cheers, jp


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  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,275 points)

    Here's apple's recommendations:



  • jay pegg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, no mysteries there, Captfred. Thanks for your reply. "A lint free cloth lightly moistened with water." Let me give it a go. Cheers, jp

  • brucet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there a method that actually works? 


    I found that a damp cloth was no more effective than a dry cloth.  Both take off the worst of the dirt, but leave a noticeable remnant behind.  Not surprising, since the dirt from hands is mixed with skin oils that aren't soluble in water.


    I also tried isopropanol with no better results.

  • brucet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I revisited this problem as the damp cloth advice was totally ineffectual on a really dirty keyboard.


    It turns out that VM&P naphtha (available from some paint stores or art supply stores) on a soft cloth instantly removed the oily dirt without affecting the numbers and letters printed on the keys and it dried rapidly with little odor.  Paint thinner, barbecue lighter fluid or cigarette lighter fluid would work as well, but the former two take longer to evaporate.  By all means, try first on a key you rarely use just to be sure it won't damage the printing on your keyboard (mine is a number pad version from late 2009). Since I used a cloth that was only dampened, not soaked, with solvent, nothing got down into the cracks beneath the keys.