Help! I washed my apple keyboard

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  1. ananda

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    Okay, call me stupid.

    I washed and scrubbed each and every key. The main board was still *really* dirty after rubbing with a wet cloth. So i used a wet toothbrush and kept scrubbing the kb, taking care that the keyboard was slanted, so water would not go in. (But obviously some did).

    After drying, i assembled the kb, and it won't work.
    2 days have gone by. Yesterday, i even waved it over a toaster (no hair-dryer in my house). But still not working.

    Is that the end of that chap, or is there still hope? (I do have a bluetooth keyboard locked away, but i hardly use it since it eats up expensive batteries, and it also did begun getting sticky/hard after a month or so).

    (btw, i googled but it only tells how to wash an apple keyboard, not what to do if it isn't working)
     
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  2. Steady Eddy

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    I saw a story on Yahoo about what to do if your cell phone gets soaked. They said NOT to use a hairdryer or toaster. (So maybe it's too late for you.) They said to put it in a bag of rice, that absorbs the water. I don't know if that's good advice for a keyboard. I'd buy a new one, you can find them pretty cheap, and just write it off as learning a lesson on what not to do with a keyboard. (I agree, they can get pretty gross after awhile).
     
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  3. albino smurf

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    I beat the hell out of mine and have washed it, etc. usually just let it dry out really well and it is good to go.
     
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  4. ananda

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    I am worried that waiting for it to dry out may damage it further due to the moisture that will remain in there (until it dries).

    Steady, where i am (India) i can''t keep buying apple keyboards whenever they start getting hard, which is quite soon. I am using an el-cheapo backup as we speak, but it has some strange key settings which are troubling me a lot -- its not as simple as just remapping some keys. The right hand Shift is tiny and the "|" is next to it. In the place of the usual pipe, the Enter key has expanded upwards (its taking the place of 2 keys). My bro says its a European keyboard. I use the shift a lot, as well as |.

    Anyway, if it doesn't work, i know i have to not let any moisture into the main keyboard (in future), the keys can be washed as much as you like. I still have a BT keyboard stashed away, so all is not bleak!

    lol, i'll be visiting my cousin sis tomorrow and trying out her hair drier as a last resort.
     
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  5. albino smurf

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    Did the hair dryer work?
     
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  6. ananda

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    Nope ! But I did get a fantastic lunch :-D

    My cousin suggested I let it rest a while. If it doesn't work after a week, then i will take all the keys out and then try a little hair dryer treatment again.

    That's it. (Thanks for asking.)
     
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