How To: Clean A MacBook Keyboard The Right Way

MacBook Keyboard

When you have a laptop, the keyboard can always be an issue. After all, crumbs, dirt, and other forms of tiny particles can interrupt electronic signals from your keys. You can normally solve this problem by plucking out the keys, getting the particles out, and placing them back. However, what’s the right approach when handling a costly MacBook keyboard?

The MacBook, like other staple Apple products, are made with quite a number of awesome features. All of these knickknacks are “compressed” into this slim and powerful device, which means its components can become a bit agile. Unfortunately, when the keyboard issue pops up, we can’t just exactly dismantle the MacBook Pro’s touch bar and butterfly keyboard to get the dust out. We should do it with a little more precision.

MacBook Keyboard Basics: What Goes Wrong

It’s not like it’s impossible to get an issue with your keyboard, however. The issue on MacBook’s keyboards is becoming normal affairs for those who possess the devices.

  • This isn’t an inherent weakness, however, as the cause of these keyboard problems is pretty common: a lot of particles.
  • The dirt/particle issue has just become a bit of a MacBook staple because of how sensitive the special keyboard is.

The Best Guide to a Clean Keyboard

According to Apple Support, the best way to clean your MacBook’s keyboard is getting yourself compressed air. More specifically, a can of compressed air.

  • The first step is to hold your MacBook at a near-perfect vertical angle. According to Apple, 75-degrees is the number you should be aiming for.
  • Use the can of compressed air to, you guessed it, spray air all around the place of the keyboard with the malady.
  • Do this process in alternate 75-degree angles of your device, to make sure all the sides are covered. Keep your device in this angle as well/
  • This thoroughly allows compressed air to remove the particles from your keyboard and should be able to function when it goes unresponsive.

What If Air Does Not Work?

Unfortunately, if air doesn’t work, it may be time to send your device to the Apple Store. According to CNET‘s Matt Elliot, he learned of this extra measure when inquiring to the store himself. The representative told him they will have to send the device out for repairs, but unfortunately, there can’t be a specific estimate of the price.

  • This is because the issue can’t be immediately fixed by just “replacing” the keyboard.
  • Sometimes, even the entire bottom half must be replaced. This might mean you will have to pay a hefty bill to get your device fixed.

Which means:

  • You have to be extra careful with the keyboard should you own any MacBook derivatives, such as the MacBook and the MacBook Pro.
  • Try to always have a can of compressed air with you should the keyboard starts malfunctioning.

If this problem is becoming more often and you still have your warranty, you better visit your Apple Store for repairs.