If your first instinct is to reach a safe place, you're on the right track. But you do not want to just shoot and shoot because you may miss some of the hidden debris or lodge it under the key.
We'll show you a technique that works well and will help keep you happy. However, if you find there's no gunk underneath, which is a big problem for you because Apple wants to replace the keys (which could take several days). Here's how to find out.
1. Make sure the straw is attached
When you buy a can of compressed air, it comes with a thin straw taped to the side of the can. Make sure you snap it into the nozzle before you begin, and make sure it's a snug fit. If it comes out as you begin, you'll need to reinsert it.
2. Turning your laptop off and unplugging it
Before you start spraying your keyboard with compressed air, make sure you've got the laptop powered off and unplugged. In a bunch of random characters you are not wanted to accidentally press buttons. You do not want that cable getting in your way.
3. Turn your laptop upside down
To get rid of any loose debris or crumbs, turn your laptop upside down and lightly tap the bottom.
4. Position your MacBook the correct way
Make sure you keep your MacBook at a 70-degree angle, rather than vertically. This is the debris can fall out cleanly and away from your keyboard. The last thing you want to do is to gunk to fly under another key.
5. Start spraying
Continuously pressing down on the nozzle for an airbrush in a zigzag pattern across your keyboard. Save the short bursts for spot-checking after you've done a thorough cleaning.
6. Place your MacBook on it's left side
Using the same zigzag pattern, spray the keys again. This time, you'll start at the fn (function) key.
7. Rotate your MacBook to its right side
Again, use the zigzag pattern to spray your keyboard with the compressed air. Start at the top-right key – this varies depending on which MacBook model you're using. It could be the key or delete key.
8. Wipe up or remove any remaining pieces
If you've got visible crumbs hanging out on your keyboard, use a small vacuum tool to remove them. Once you've done that, give your keys a good wipe down with an electronic cleaning wipe.
. 9 What you should not do
Never spray liquid of any kind on your keyboard. This can cause water damage and leave you with a worse situation than sticking keys. Instead, use a damp cotton swab to gently clean the keys or an electronic keyboard.
If you've got a butterfly keyboard, do not do it. Instead, place a thin flat tool underneath the edge of the key and gently lift up.
10. No luck? Visit your nearest Apple Store
If your keys are not working properly, you may have lost your money. Apple employees can determine whether or not they need to know how to do so.
If you're not live near the Apple Store, you can mail your MacBook to the Apple Repair Center. Apple wants to have your MacBook keyboard for free if it's one of the eligible models that have been known to have sticky keys.
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