The keyboard is one of the most used components of your Macbook, so it is important to keep it clean and in good condition. Over time, dirt and dust can build up in between the keys and on the surface of the keyboard, making it difficult to type accurately and causing the keys to stick. Fortunately, cleaning your Macbook keyboard is a relatively simple process that can be done with a few simple steps.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Before you begin the cleaning process, you need to gather the necessary supplies. You will need a soft, lint-free cloth, a can of compressed air, and isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or an electronic cleaning solution. If you are using alcohol, make sure it is at least 70% alcohol to ensure it is effective. You will also need a cotton swab and some paper towels.
Step 2: Turn Off Your Macbook
Before you start cleaning the keyboard, make sure to turn off your Macbook and disconnect the power adapter. This will prevent any damage to the computer if you accidentally get any liquid on it. If you are using a laptop, make sure to remove the battery as well.
Step 3: Use Compressed Air
Once the power is off, use a can of compressed air to blow away any dust and debris from between the keys. Make sure to hold the can upright and at least 12 inches away from the keyboard to avoid liquid damage. Aim the nozzle between the keys and blow until all of the visible dust and debris is gone.
Step 4: Clean the Keys and Surfaces
Once the dust and debris is gone, you can begin cleaning the surface of the keys and the surrounding surfaces. If you are using rubbing alcohol, dampen a lint-free cloth with the alcohol and wipe down the keys and surfaces. If you are using an electronic cleaning solution, follow the instructions on the bottle for cleaning the keyboard. For both methods, use a cotton swab to get into any hard-to-reach areas.
Step 5: Dry the Keyboard
Once you are finished cleaning, use a dry lint-free cloth or paper towels to dry off the keyboard. Make sure to dry between the keys as well to prevent any liquid from seeping in and causing damage. Allow the keyboard to completely dry before turning it back on.
Step 6: Replace the Keys
If you had to remove any of the keys to clean more thoroughly, make sure to replace them in the correct positions before turning on your Macbook. If you are unsure of how to correctly replace the keys, consult your Macbook’s user manual or contact Apple support for assistance.
Step 7: Turn On Your Macbook
Once the keyboard is dry and all the keys are in place, you can turn on your Macbook. Make sure to test out all the keys to ensure they are functioning correctly. If your Macbook does not turn on or some of the keys are not working, contact Apple support for assistance.
Cleaning your Macbook keyboard is a simple process that can help keep your Macbook in good condition. Make sure to gather all the necessary supplies before beginning and be careful not to get any liquid on the Macbook itself. Once you are finished, test out all the keys to ensure they are functioning correctly. With a little bit of care, your Macbook keyboard will stay clean and in good condition.