Well, I "cleaned" my Apple keyboard (2010 model). I used a wet rag to clean the well-used keys. It looks great but it doesn't work. I hate to toss it if I can fix it. Is it possible that I've pressed a combination that has deactivated the keyboard?

I am traveling but have the kb with me. Is there any kind of hardware test I can perform. I know the device has power as I can plug in a mouse to the USB port and the mouse works.

Thanks for any tips.


Once a keyboard trace has been damaged by water, it's practically impossible to fix them. You're better off buying a new keyboard.

It's not the best news, but once a keyboard has been damaged by liquid, there's very little chance they will work again.

For cleaning your keyboard, I'd recommend isopropyl alcohol pads.

  • Thanks Dan, I was afraid of that, but thought I should check before tossing it. I wont use that hydrochloric again :) – David DelMonte Aug 14 '12 at 7:00
  • @DavidDelMonte whoa! I hope that wasn't hydrochloric acid.... +1 for the isopropyl alcohol tip. – AppleProductUser Aug 14 '12 at 16:41
  • just kidding... i miss my keyboard. I am traveling and have to put up with something that must have been made before typewriters.. bleh. – David DelMonte Aug 14 '12 at 17:41

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