Quick cleaning of an iBook keyboard
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
Keyboards can rapidly be covered with mud. But they can
keep on for years if one takes carefully care of them and do
not use them as a food tray!
So, routine: shutdown the machine, unplugged it and
remove the battery.
First of all, I summarily clean the keyboard with a
slightly wet tissue.
One can see here the dimmed "A": so I only use water to
avoid that the erasures of the silk screening of the keys
will be encouraged by chemical products ;-)
Of course, one can unhook the keyboard to comfortably
work on it. This action is not shown here
The most annoying dusts are the ones which fall into the
interstices between two keys.
Stains onto the keys are easier to clean up.
One can try to remove the dusts with a piece of padding,
but it is not easy.
For the horizontal interstices, a fine ruler wrapped
between two sheets of a soft tissue (like Kleenex).
Do not force and regularly check the tissue to avoid to
replace the removed dust by ripped small pieces of the
Kleenex tissue opened: the captured dust!
Ideally, it is advisory to use such a tool as shown on
the image... of course, still wrapped between two sheets of
Yellow arrow points to the removed dust.
The tool is a king of burnisher, the nail of which has
the ideal design in my opinion.
One finger pushes onto a key...
... and with the other one we slightly push the tool
under the dusty key.
Be carefull no to unhook the key itself.
Here it is ;-)
One can also use a small piece of carboard.
To obtain a perfectly cleaned keyboard, one has to unhook
all the keys, like here in a delicate
But too complicated operation for a regular based
-> Personnaly, I'm satisified with the method above.
If you wish to thank or forsten me...