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Well, I just spilled some sweet liquid in my aluminium wired keyboard and few keys are hard to press now. What is the best way to clean the keyboard out of the sugar? I guess I could just clean it with water and let it dry few days but I am worried about the membrane.

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I don’t know what’s inside an Apple Aluminium Keyboard as I don’t have one. But washing it with water and letting it dry in the shade for a few days should not cause a problem. If any, you should be worried about rusting any metal and not about the membrane, which is made up of rubber or plastic.

EDIT: Don’t forget to remove the batteries!!!

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I'll second this. I've spilled various things on mine over the years and recently had to wash it in the sink (no soap, just lots of water!) after a bad spill. It worked just fine, but took quite a few days to dry up completely before it worked normally. –  gabedwrds Aug 12 '12 at 14:19
I'll third this, works for most things without displays, sensitive, or mechanical parts. In fact when I used to work for Nokia Data we used to refurb motherboards, keyboards, and mice by cleaning them under a tap and leaving them in a warm and dry room for 24 hours. Stuff that worked once more was re-used in new casings, stuff that failed went in the bin. De-ionised & filtered water is best as it leaves hardly any residue compared to tap water, but boiled and cooled water is the next best thing. Put it in an old shampoo bottle or something so that you can get some pressure from a jet on it. –  AlanJC Aug 12 '12 at 16:39
Uhhhh.... Water + electronics = BAD...??? –  Matt Aug 13 '12 at 6:46
You used to refurb motherboards by running them under the tap?! Wow. –  hellothere Aug 13 '12 at 8:26
Well, keyboard just works fine :) –  Zdeněk Topič Aug 17 '12 at 20:00

Use isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Remove batteries. Pour some around the keys that are hard to press, tap on them vigorously so that the alcohol reaches every spot and drain the alcohol. Leave to dry.

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A sensible suggestion, rather than running it under the tap! –  hellothere Aug 13 '12 at 8:25
That will also remove the letters printed on the keys. –  duci9y Aug 13 '12 at 9:42
No, it won't. If you are unsure you can always try it first on some small fragment using cotton swab. –  Szymon Bęczkowski Aug 13 '12 at 15:54

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