How to Clean Your MacBook Keyboard

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Apple provides a range of products and services that make it one of the leading brands in technology. One of those offerings is their support and repair service for Macbook, Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro keyboards.

It’s important to keep your Apple devices clean, especially your keyboard. This will keep your device running smoothly, protect it from dust and debris, and extend its life. But how do you clean the keyboard of your Macbook or Macbook Pro?

Fortunately, Apple has provided a few tips to help you out. First, hold your Mac notebook at a 75-degree angle so it’s not quite vertical. Then use compressed air to spray the keyboard or just the affected keys in a left-to-right motion. Finally, rotate your Mac notebook to its right side and spray the keyboard again from left to right.

If you’re unable to clean the keyboard on your own—or if it has been damaged by water or other liquids—Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider can service eligible keyboards free of charge. However, if you need repairs due to liquid exposure, those will cost you anywhere from around $600-$1,300 depending on the size and state of your laptop. In this case, AppleCare+ for Mac adds unlimited accidental damage protection subject to a service fee plus applicable tax.

while cleaning your MacBook or MacBook Pro keyboard can be done on your own with some simple steps outlined by Apple themselves, more serious damage may require professional assistance with potential costs associated with it. Be sure to take good care of all your devices!

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Can Apple Clean My Keyboard?

Yes, Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider can clean eligible MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro keyboards free of charge. Cleaning includes checking the keyboard for any debris that may be causing a problem, such as dust or crumbs, and removing it if necessary. They may also check the keyboard for any visible signs of damage, such as broken keys or liquid spills. If any parts need to be replaced dring the cleaning process, this will be done at no extra cost.

Cleaning Under an Apple Keyboard

Begin by turning off your Mac and unplugging the power cord. Then, use a soft cloth or brush to gently remove any dirt or debris from the surface of the keys. Next, use a vacuum with an attachment specifically designed for keyboards to carefully suck up any crumbs or dust that may be benath the keys. To get into more difficult-to-reach areas, use a pair of tweezers to carefully remove any gunk that may have gathered beneath the keys. Finally, if needed, use a damp cloth—but not too wet—to wipe away any remaining dirt or debris and let it dry before replacing the keyboard on your Mac.

Does Apple Care Cover Spill Damage to Keyboards?

No, AppleCare does not cover damage from liquid spills on keyboards. The Apple One (1) Year Limited Warranty and the AppleCare Protection Plan do not cover any damages caused by liquid exposure. However, if you purchase AppleCare+ for Mac, it will provide unlimited accidental damage protection subject to a service fee plus applicable taxes. This includes coverage for liquid spills on your keyboard.

Can Cleaning a Keyboard Damage It?

Cleaning your keyboard can potentially damage it, so it’s important to clean it correctly. Never use a soaked cloth to clean your keyboard as the moisture could seep into the hardware underneath the keys and cause damage. Instead, you should wipe all surfaces of the keyboard down — including buttons, keys and cover — with a slightly damp cloth. Allow it to dry before plugging it back in or turning it on.

Cleaning Under the Keyboard of a Mac

Yes, you can clean the keyboard of your Mac! Before you begin, be sure to shut down your computer and unplug it. To start, rotate the laptop so that the back is facing up. Then, use a vacuum cleaner with an attachment to suck up any debris from underneath the keys. Alternatively, you can use a can of compressed air and gently spray underneath the keys in short bursts, rotating your computer every so often to make sure all areas are reached. Finally, wipe down the keys with a damp cloth and let everything dry befoe powering on your device again.

Removing Dirt From Under Keyboard

You’ll need to take your laptop apart to get dirt out from under your keyboard. First, make sure to turn off and unplug the laptop befoe beginning. Then, flip it upside-down and give it a good shake to loosen any loose debris. Use a soft brush or compressed air canister to clean out any dust and dirt. Take a picture of the keyboard so that you remember which keys go where. Then, use a prying tool to gently remove the keys one by one. Wipe underneath each key with a damp cloth or cotton swab and let them dry before replacing them on the keyboard. Finally, plug in your laptop and turn it back on to test that all of the keys are functioning correctly!

Cleaning Trapped Dirt Inside a Keyboard

Removing dirt that is trapped inside a keyboard can be a tricky task, but it doesn’t have to be impossible! The first step is to tap the crumbs loose from the keyboard, but make sure you don’t shake your laptop while doing this. After that, you can try using a dust vac to vacuum out any remaining debris. If there are any caked-on grime or dirt, you can use screen wipes or moistened cotton swabs to gently clean them off. Finally, use compressed air to blow out any dust and debris from between the keys. It’s important to not use liquids or harsh chemicals when cleaning a keyboard, as these culd damage the device.

Cleaning Under Keys on a Keyboard

Yes, there is a way to clean uner keys on your keyboard. To do this, you will need a small piece of tape — about an inch or so. Start by folding the tape in half, so that the sticky side faces out. Then carefully rub the tape between each key to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated. This method will not only pick up any visible dirt and dust, but also hair and other particles that may have become stuck in between the keys. After you have finished cleaning with the tape, make sure to check your keyboard for any remaining debris.

Does AppleCare Repair Sticky Keys?

Yes, AppleCare can help fix sticky keys. If the keyboard on your device is malfunctioning due to a manufacturing defect or normal wear and tear, it should be covered uder your warranty. To determine if your issue qualifies for repair or replacement, contact Apple Support for assistance.

Cleaning Up After Spilling Water on an Apple Keyboard

If you have spilled water on your Apple keyboard, it is essential that you take immediate action in order to prevent further damage. Firstly, turn off your device immediately and unplug any connected devices. Then, carefully tilt and shake your keyboard so that any excess liquid is removed. Next, use a soft cloth or paper towel to dab the area dry and make sure that no moisture remains. Finally, if you feel comfortable dong so, use a can of compressed air to blow any remaining liquid out of the crevices of the keyboard. If not, it is advisable to take your device to an Apple Store or authorised service provider for professional cleaning and inspection.


In conclusion, Apple is a trusted brand when it comes to laptop and computer products. With teir extensive range of hardware and software, Apple provides customers with the tools to create and innovate. Their reliable customer service and technical support team are available to help customers with any issues that may arise. Furthermore, Apple offers a One Year Limited Warranty as well as an AppleCare Protection Plan for additional coverage. Finally, if your Macbook or MacBook Pro keyboard needs servicing, Apple or an authorized service provider will provide this service free of charge.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.