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Thank you Robert! Just took my A apart as per Robert's advice. Yep, came to bits no problem with only minor scratching to the aluminium underside edge, that's never gonna be seen. It's going in the dishwasher now and I'll report back whether I get any good results or not.

Without disassembling, I found a way to clean some dirt and crumbs from around the keys of my A keyboard. Take small pieces of double sticky tape and slide them in around the edges of the keys. If there is loose debris it will stick. Takes a lot of little pieces of tape, and a lot of patience, but it works! Model A plastic antenna cover located centrally can be disassembled. When the keyboard ribbon is disconnected the whole thing will slide out sideways. The white plastic base can be removed carefully by getting a couple of knives use a sharp but heavy blade, fixed or locking, never a folder under the short edge.

Then carefully pull it off without bending or yanking, the adhesive will let go with no added heat. The keyboard plate is fixed to the aluminium chassis with many small welds which I did not try to break. There must be at least 40 or so.


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I did this to a broken keyboard that had a hot tea with milk spill over it, all the keys were gummed up. After removing everything I could it went in the dishwasher and the keys now operate freely. In a couple of weeks when it has had plenty of time to dry completely I will reassemble and try it out. It may not recover, but the point is you can disassemble without destruction. Even the adhesive survived the dishwasher and that white plastic is going to just stick back on.

I managed to take the back off a previously wetted keyboard A , not my doing. I took the board out and the back off before washing. It's drying as I type this. The hardest part was getting it started. I used a strong thin knife edge to slightly lift the white back at one end. I ever so slightly marked the plastic and aluminium. As soon as I had room to push a smallish flat screwdriver in I did. Be careful to put it in flat so as not to damage the clastic or the aluminium grill with the edges of the screw driver.

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Giving the screw driver a rotation twist I heard some glue pop free. While applying consistent but not too forceful lifting pressure on the white plastic I continued to sweep back and forth with the screw driver twisting to separate the part. I noticed there were key places where the glue was holding strongest and they were best places to twist. I moved from one end to the other in a couple of minute. Remember, be patient! Don't bend the plastic too far and gently twist the screw driver so that the edges of the screw driver don't dent the white plastic or the aluminium grill.


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  5. Only thing I wasn't really sure about was how long to soak it for, we don't have a dishwasher. I gave it a good wash in clean warm water with soak after the wash to get detergents out. Oh I also haven't seen reference to how much rice to put in the bad with the keyboard, does this in itself cause issues by introducing any rice particles or dust to the layers? If there is improvement but still issues I'll try again with a cleaner approach. I'll do my best to remember to respond here in a week, very warm weather here at the moment. Well after drying and reassembling the result was exactly the same behaviour.

    I can't see any evidence any moisture got to the circuit. So I think either it did damage the circuit or the contacts in the keyboard layers has corroded. The keyboard is erratically connecting and disconnecting so I think it's kaput. Akshat Shrivastava. Greg M. Eximius Development Inc. There are a number of YouTube videos that suggest removing the batteries, then washing the keyboard in a dishwasher without soap and without JetDry please , then drying it for four days or so in a warm location. I don't think I'd go so far as to put it in a dishwasher, but you could put it in a container and add distilled water, then press each key a few times to help the water circulate underneath each key to help wash away whatever gunk you spilled on the keyboard.

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    Change the water and do it a couple more times to remove as much of the sticky stuff as possible. Then dry for four days in a warm area, or use the 'put it in a bag with rice' trick. I'd do this only if I'd given up and was ready to buy a new keyboard.

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    Sort of a last ditch attempt to try to save the keyboard. If all else fails, take it completely apart and sell the pieces on eBay to others who need the parts! Select a Language: Help Translate iFixit. Back Answers Index. Apple Wireless Keyboard Connect and command your Apple computer wirelessly. Mike Belanger Rep: Any suggestions? View the answer I have this problem too Subscribed to new answers. Only outside cleaning.

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    I also have this issue. Hoping I can safely remove the key in question.

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    User profile for user: Desktops Speciality level out of ten: More Less. Helpful answers Drop Down menu. AlbinoPigeon AlbinoPigeon. There's a small metal bracket attached to the key. I used a disinfecting wipe and cleaned the back of the key and the exposed hole in the keyboard.

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