how to clean / restore trackpads

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  1. mbp_user

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    notice how the trackpad becomes 'slidy' and uncomfortable to touch and slide over time?

    how can this be restored?
     
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    Re: hot to clean / restore TRACKPAD

    oo nga. Will using alcohol on the trackpad be ok?
     
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    Re: hot to clean / restore TRACKPAD

    i suggest getting a trackpad film from sir elbert ü
     
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    Re: hot to clean / restore TRACKPAD

    How much does a trackpad film cost?
     
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    Re: hot to clean / restore TRACKPAD

    costs around P250 yata. I suggest sir elbert's trackpad film 'cause of it's texture. Somewhat like the trackpad's texture when it was still new. Though right now im using the film that came with my moshi wrist guard,somewhat smooth naman ang texture.
     
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    Re: hot to clean / restore TRACKPAD

    hi how do i get in touch with him? would like to get one :)
     
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    Personally I dont like adding more accessories on my mba.
    I dont like the look and feel of keyboard protectors.

    For cleaning my mba, I use a locally made product called
    SHER. Its a liquid that you can use to wipe out dirt/grime
    etc. Plus it has antibac (to sterilize your laptop).

    The small bottle cost only P40.00. I wanted to try Mr
    Clean Magic eraser but it might scratch the surface.

    Its available at true value shangrila (cleaning
    products).

    I've used it on the keypad, trackpad etc. No problems.
    Plus it smells nice.
     
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    I use Sher as well and it's a good product. I dab a cotton ball with the Sher (not too much but just moisten it). And gently rub the trackpad (all the rest of the area of your keyboard). For the grooves I use a ear cotton bud to slide between the keys. The secret is not to soak with the solution. ;)
     
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    Libra,

    I use a microfiber cloth and I agree that a drop or two of
    SHER would be enough to clean the macbook. Good tip
    with the Q tips. I'll try it.
     
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    Hey, SHER would be nice! Let me try this. Are you sure its safe to use?
     
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    I swear at my mac's life, it works. I've been using it for a couple of weeks and it really works. In fact, I just cleaned my mac this morning.
     
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    i use sher for my iphone and white macbook. does the job right. been using it with microfiber cloth. does me good.
     
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    Can you use Sher on the glossy part of the Mac?
     
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    I've been using SHER this past month. But so far,
    I've had no problems whatsover. The product
    literature is a little bit sketchy but the claim is
    it is made for cleaning the exterior of laptops,
    cellphones, etc.

    I would suggest using this product on an
    inconspicous spot of your laptop (say, the
    bottom) and see if it works as advertised.

    I've recently tried Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for
    my household cleaning. Some have claimed
    that it is good for removing discoloration on
    laptops. I did not have the heart to try it since
    my MBA is only a few months old and I can only
    count one small nick on the surface. The magic
    eraser looks like it has an abrasive surface. What
    I can confirm is it does wonders in cleaning soap/
    grime/scum off your faucets, water closets (or any
    ceramic surface). It is expensive though (I paid 199.00
    for 2 small blocks) and it wore down easily.
     
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    Thanks for the tips.
     
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    Oh yeah. Sher is made in the Philippines! :D It is also available in Office Warehouse.
     
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    yup it is made in Cebu City.

    There are other FAR MORE expensive products out
    there (the imported ones) but why pay more?

    Oh......be sure ti disconnect your laptop or turn it off
    before any heavy duty cleaning.
     
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    Just a small piece of advice for you guys who use trackpad film/protectors.

    Please be careful when the time comes if you need to peel them off. The trackpad is removable and may come off with the film if you're not careful.

    In fact, one of the film manufacturers, BodyGuardz, include this warning in their packaging:

    "The TRACK PAD is removable and could possibly come out when removing your BodyGuard. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND you are very careful when the time comes to remove this portion [the trackpad film]. Our advice is to only cover the button and not the actual TRACK PAD, but the choice is yours."

    Then they go and say they're not liable for damages if the worst happens. (Which makes me wonder why they manufacture the thing in the first place, if it's that risky.)
     
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    First time I heard of Sher but if it works, then it's worth checking out. Will be heading to True Value or Office Warehouse soon. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    I've been using Sher in cleaning my MB, iPhone and iPod too. I bought from True Value and works like a charm! Just remember to put a little amount of Sher when cleaning your electronic gadgets to avoid getting their interiors wet.
     

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