My mac keyboard is dirty after a year of using it and I want to clean it, however nothing seems to work. I've tried alcohol (98%) , I've tried soap,nail polish remover, wipes for cleaning glasses... still no result. Anyone know of some other ways? I'm running out of ideas.

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    What type of dirt are you trying to clean off? Fingerprints or body oils can be cleaned one way; random glopped foodstuffs might need another, and if the plastic itself is becoming discolored, it might not be cleanable at all. Can you clarify in your question? Sometimes a picture helps. – Robert Cartaino Aug 24 '16 at 17:19
  • It may be scratches on the keys or rubbed-off letters, as suggested above. – DrMoishe Pippik Sep 1 '16 at 3:22

Is it filled with dirt or is it just dust compiling on top of the surface of the keyboard?

Try using compressed air - flip your MacBook upside down and use the compressed air to push out the dirt or even the dust. I have tried this and it works perfect for me! BUT DO NOT BLOW TO CLOSELY! This will damage the inside...I had a friend who ruined his macbook by applying directly to the keyboard.

GOODLUCK!

Two answers:

  1. Wash it in a kitchen sink running hot water over it, and using a cheap 1" chip brush to scrub between and under the keys.

chip brush

  1. Throw it in a dishwasher, face down.

Swing it with your arm outdoors to get the water out, then dry thoroughly.

  • These are awful ideas. Don't do them. – shim Sep 1 '16 at 19:26
  • because? Are Mac keyboard different? I've washed and dried at least a dozen keyboards, no problems. – Nissim Kaufmann Sep 1 '16 at 22:03
  • Maybe some keyboards can survive this kind of treatment, but it's still not a good idea, and there's always the risk that you'd damage components or not get it fully dry. one – shim Sep 1 '16 at 23:33
  • doesn't answer the question whether Mac kb is different. Keyboards are nothing but switches. explainthatstuff.com/computerkeyboards.html – Nissim Kaufmann Sep 1 '16 at 23:38
  • First off, it's possible that OP is talking about a laptop keyboard or a wireless keyboard, so this discussion may be moot. Secondly, Mac keyboards, like other modern keyboards, have many other components like LEDs and circuit boards. – shim Sep 1 '16 at 23:43

Apple recommend take destilled water and a microfibre cleaning tissue. I try it. It work's great - much better than alcohol.

You can use it to clean display too.

If it's just dust, try Blu-Tac.

If it's sticky, then use a soft cloth, spray Colin over the cloth, and wipe it off.

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