Disassemble a Apple Pro (transparent)
keyboard to clean it. light version
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
So the keyboard is dirty!
And as it is transparent , the dirtiness is well visible.
(Note: I would like Apple discovers that it is possible
to produce beautifull stuff which don't be covered by mud
after a few years of use...
... for instance bad examples are iBook/IPod covers).
... rear view... well, after being disconnected from the
Mac of course :-).
Yellow arrows show the screws to be removed. They are
"Allen" screws of 1,3 mm (stupid lenght isn'it ? ).
The blue arrows point to spots which betray the presence
of screws... on the other side.
The blue middle one indicates a screw under the "M" key!
The white arrow points to a hole in the sticker which
allow to reach the screw which locks the metallic protection
of the keyboard logic board.
There are 3 screws which fix the keyboard onto its
One under the "6".
One under the caps lock (yellow arrow)
The blue arrow shows the caps-lock led: do not loose it!
The last one, as stated earlier, under the "M".
But up to now there is no need to remove them: we will do
We only remove the keys and disjoin the two keyboard's
parts. To do this, I use a tool you can find, for example,
-> we remove the keys by carefully lift them up.
Very dirty :-(
The keys themselves are also dirty! So a deep clean is
I use makeup removal cotton with ispropyllic alcohol.
First, as in the V.I.R.U.S.
method, I remove all the keys.
The nude keyboard. Warning, big keys (space bar,...) are
locked by a metallic bar: so be carefull when manipulating
Paintbrush to remove the biggest dusts.
And now... yes... dismounting all the keyboard.
The screew under the sticker, near the USB cable.
The now famous "Allen 1,3 mm" screws... The longest one
on the USB connector side.
I remove them with this.
The shortest one on the keyboard side.
Same on the opposite edge: yellow arrows shows the long
screw, the blue arrow the short one.
Then next, I carefully dissamble the keyboard with a
lever I introduce at the clips level (yellow arrow points to
where I will put this lever)
On the left, the little horizontal line which allows the
two elements to be jointed.
I do it smoothly to avoid breaking the stuff.
The operation is very delicate on the front face: I have
to carefully use the lever near the clips region.
Once the upper part of the keyboard unhooked, two
cruciform screws lock the USB cable (yellow arrows).
The blue one points in the hole "under the sticker" (see
above) where a screw was.
The unhooked USB cable, the yellow arrow shows the screw
"under the M".
We also see dusts which has not been removed by the
The removed upper cover.
The under cover removed after that the 3 screws (under
caps-lock, under the "M" and under the "6") have been
unscrewed and the keyboard itself extracted.
So we can deeply clean it (cotton + isopropyllic
alcohol): do not forget the slots...
... and the spots which had resisted to the paintbrush.
One can go a step forward: dissamble the electronic board
and clean it.
I will do not show this operation here.
Just go to my "How to save a keyboard after a grape juice
attack" page here!
-> as usual, follow the instruction in a reverse order
to rebuild the keyboard.
If you wish to thank or forsten me...