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How to Clean a Hardware Part of a Mac

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04 / 08 / 2017

How to Clean a Hardware Part of a Mac

Do you remember the smell of your new Mac right after you unpacked it, removed the new shining keyboard from the box, and took a perfectly clean mouse? What an amazing feeling we get when these dazzling white devices flaunt in our cabinet or office. This article will help you transform your working area like on the photo in a glossy magazine.

Furthermore, cleanliness is very important thing when it comes to good health. Everybody knows how many microscopic nasties gather on a keyboard or mouse but we often ignore that, getting used to slightly grey coating on their surfaces. Our eyesight may be also getting worse because of a dust layer on a monitor.

One should remember that all those pieces of hardware are delicate and demand precise handling. For example, that spraying out a dust remover on your monitor while it’s turned on may cause a damage, so we strongly recommend shutting down your Mac before you start cleaning it properly. Well, we have chosen some of the best methods to make hardware components shine again. Let’s start with a Mac monitor.

How to clean the monitor/screen. LCD screens are delicate to touch. A hard press of a finger may destroy some pixels and leave a dark spot on a screen. That’s why you should be extremely gentle when wiping it out. Adding some water to the duster is often enough for perfect cleaning. By the way, it’s better to use a dry microfiber cloth as a duster. We do not recommend using a paper towel or toilet paper because it can scratch the monitor. In tough cases of a very muddy screen, you may need a more intensive remover. So, moisten the cloth with the 50-50 mix of water and white vinegar (distilled water is better but not necessary). A tip for you: you can use a coffee filter instead of a microfiber cloth.

One more important thing to remember: don’t spray any liquid directly on the monitor, better spray it on the cloth first.

How to refresh the whiteness of a keyboard. If you have a wired keyboard, you should start from unplugging it. Wet the cloth with water to depurate too dirty places. The most difficult part is to remove dust from individual keys. Use a toothpick wrapped in a single layer of the microfiber cloth to clean between the keys. Then blow out pressured air to eliminate the remnants from around the keys.

If your keys have become too oily, better use specific erasers. However, you can take a cotton swab, spray rubbing alcohol on it, and apply to the grime surface. By the way, you can also use a hair dryer instead of a can of pressurized air. We encourage your ingenuity but it should be rational.

One more frequent case is a beverage spilled out on a keyboard. How to save your keys and keep them working? Everything depends on your reaction. The quicker you rush to save the situation, the more chances you get.

Interestingly, beverages without sugar and chemical substances like water, tea, black coffee, etc. are the easiest to recover from. So, if you’re drinking soda or juice while working with your computer, remember that it will cause worse consequences in case of spillage.

If the trouble happened, follow these steps:

  1. Quickly unplug the keyboard from your Mac (if it’s wired) or turn it down and remove the battery (if it’s wireless).

  2. Shut down your Mac.

  3. If the liquid was plain water, it will dry during 24 hours. Just leave the keyboard disconnected for this period.

  4. Tea and coffee contain some acid, so the recovery process is more problematic and doesn’t guarantee good results. Many sources suggest to overflow the keyboard with clear water and leave it for 24 hours until it dries out. It may or may not work; it’s a matter of luck.

  5. Soda and juice are the most tough case. There is less hope to bring the keyboard back to life after such an accident. Of course if it’s a couple of drops, then there is a chance, but if the spillage is heavy, you’ll probably have to purchase a new keyboard. Therefore, the recovering steps are the same as previous - rinse with clear water and wait until the full drying.

Another issue that may occur with your keyboard are sticky keys. Solution to this problem is more complex and time-consuming than just cleaning the surface, but it still exists. Follow the next steps to fix the sticky keys problem:

  1. Unplug the keyboard from electricity/USB/batteries. Shut down and remove from the laptop.

  2. Useful tip - take a photo of your keyboard to return each key to its right place in the end.

  3. Use a thin butter knife or another alike tool and pry up the sticky keys. Start prying a key from the top-left corner.

  4. Clean both sides of each key with the method described above. Then remove dust from the key beds. Be careful and don’t pour water on these places.

  5. Let all items dry completely before you push them back to the keyboard.

  6. Leave the keyboard dry overnight after deep cleaning.

  7. Then you can enjoy touching your shining keys.

How to clean a mouse. A mouse tends to have many fingerprints on the upper side, which you can easily remove with a microfiber cloth. If the dust spots remain, slightly dip the cloth into the clean water. Apply the same method for the down side. You can blow off the dust leftovers with the pressurized air. For the mouse with a scroll wheel, a cotton swab will be helpful. In general, these steps are enough to clean any mouse; however, sometimes you may see that a scroll wheel is still glitching or the cursor is lagging on the monitor. In this case you can try to open the mouse, but first make sure that you’ll be able to put its details back together. This process depends on the manufacturer. Anyway, if you’re not sure, better show the mouse to the specialist.

We hope that this guide will help you bring life to the hardware parts of your computer. Share your experience in comments.