iMac keyboard clean sticky keys

Somehow I managed to get a tiny bit of sticky drink – maybe cola or something – into beneath the comma key on my Apple Wireless Keyboard 2011. This made the comma key stick and not return back up properly.

I am not ready (financially) to upgrade to the Magic Keyboard (although if I had to buy a new one I would) and my present keyboard is only around a year old – so I wanted to try to fix it.

I did not want to dismantle the keyboard unless strictly necessary. There are You Tube videos that will tell you how to dismantle Apple keyboard keys here, but I wanted to avoid dismantling. There is also a video that says you can clean these keyboards by running under water, but that did not sound the best option for me – it scared the pants off me!

So, I wanted to use a solvent that would do the job of penetrating the mechanism, dissolve the sticky substance, then run out of the mechanism and take away the sticky substance, then evaporate away leaving the mechanism free of liquid.

I chose Monster ScreenClean for this task. I do not know what the ingredients of Monster ScreenClean are, other than that the Safety Data Sheet says it is Polymer-Chain Based Fluid Family / Water Base. The ingredients are a closely guarded trade secret. They are probably something very simple and cheap, but I do not actually know and cannot really say. They product is not cheap but it works OK for the purpose it is actually sold for. I had previously used this product to clean my iMac screen and had observed that it evaporates slowly. It does not seem to be like alcohols which go away very quickly, but it goes away slowly, but seemingly quicker than water. It does not smell of ammonia unlike some non-alcohol cleaners that I fond evaporate too slowly. All in all it had the evaporation characteristic I was looking for. It is widely available in many countries including UK and USA through vendors like Amazon and retail shops such as John Lewis in the UK.

I managed to clean the keyboard without dismantling it by squirting in enough Monster ScreenClean to soak the board in that area and go into underneath the sticky key, then pressing the comma key repeatedly about 20 times for maybe 6 or 7 seconds. Then I quickly turned the keyboard upside down to drain out as much of the cleaning liquid and used a piece of Kleenex type tissue paper (NOT toilet paper which dissolves quickly and could have released particles of paper into the keyboard mechanism) to remove as much more of the cleaning liquid in that area by capillary action. The key returned to fully normal function.

There is an Apple website where you can Identify your Apple wireless mouse, keyboard, or trackpad <– click to go there.

monsterscreenclean     mackleen

NOTICE: I have not been paid any money or given any inducements by any product manufacturer to mention the products featured in this blog article.

DISCLAIMER: The actions and products described in the is blog article worked for me for my type of Apple keyboard. I cannot say whether or not these would work for you, nor am I recommending or advising you to do anything or act upon anything contained in the items that any of the links in this blog article lead to. Doing so could damage your keyboard, cause safety problems or make things worse, so I am not recommending anything or advising you to do anything and do not accept any liability whatsoever for what you choose to do or not do.

It is a sad fact that we have to hedge ourselves about with legalese. We can also pray to Jesus, which I have found is a good thing to do if there are things broken that need mending.


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