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    Keyboard Cleaning
    The keyboard (keys) on my laptop need cleaning badly...pretty "gunky".

    Anyone have any suggestions of how best to do it?

    - what sort of cleaning materials should I use (cloths, rags, paper towels)
    - what sort of liquid cleaner (just water, soap, windex, etc.)

    Obviously I don't want to use something that will react with the plastic, or remove the letters/numbers on the keys.

    Thanks,

    - Nick

    p.s. And of course I understand to unplug the laptop, remove the battery, and use as little liquid as possible on the rags or paper towels.

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    I use a white terry cloth towel. Put a small section of the towel over the tip of your finger. Spray a tiny bit of Windex on it. And rub the keys one at a time. The fingercheese comes wipes right off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaygray View Post
    I use a white terry cloth towel. Put a small section of the towel over the tip of your finger. Spray a tiny bit of Windex on it. And rub the keys one at a time. The fingercheese comes wipes right off.
    Thanks Jaygray. I'll definitely give that a try.

    I can't believe that I've only gotten 1 reply to this thread!

    I guess everyone else:

    - clean's their hands every time before they use their laptop
    - has a new computer & the keyboard hasn't had a chance to get dirty
    - has a very dirty keyboard

    - Nick

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    My white macbook gets pretty filthy pretty easily. I do the terry cloth thing for the keys, but for the areas I rest my hands/wrists on either side of the trackpad I've found that a standard rubber eraser works best.

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    I find the most suitable for this is iKlear available through an Apple store or their web site. It costs less than $20 and is made to not bother electronic devices. You won't be sorry.

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    Thanks for the additional ideas!

    Windex & paper towels worked great on the keys!

    I bet the rubber eraser idea works real good for larger less delicate areas. And I will look into iKlear idea...that of course would eliminate dirty keys...and keep other dirt out of the keys.

    Thanks,

    - Nick

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    I just received the omnicleanz from radtech. It cost me $15.00 for a 4oz bottle and a nice cloth. I just cleaned my MBP, both iPhones and my LCD tv and it worked awesome. The keys on my keyboard look like I just bought the computer and the screen is spotless. I highly recommend this product.
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