08-09-2012 01:33 PM
08-09-2012 04:45 PM - edited 08-09-2012 04:46 PM
I believe the moisture resistant keyboard is designed to seal against the keyboard bezel and palmrest in order to keep a small amount of liquid away from the motherboard by routing the liquid to places that will drain into the frame areas that dump into spill holes. When I see machines that have had small liquid accidents, usually the motherboard is OK, but the keyboard is usually busted. If it were mine and I wanted to save it, I would try to bake the keyboard (NOT THE COMPUTER) in an oven just under the boiling point of water - perhaps 95C or 200F. I cannot guarantee that the rubber cups under the keys wouldn't be damaged, but that is what I would try, although I would expect that it might make it worse. I tend to use such keyboards as organ donors for keyboards that need keys.
08-10-2012 07:28 AM
08-10-2012 07:42 AM
Leaving it out in the sun or hot room will eventually dry light fluids like water. While other drinks will leave a residue but stay in the channels. Foam on the other hand is different and may be corrosive to some parts and also rise above the channel getting into the areas not intended.
The black case can get very hot in direct sun and the plastic could warp. Battery should be removed if you try that and don't turn it on until its cooled down afterwards. Wiping keys with a damp/slightly wet cloth is more than enough in my opinion. Dust can be vacuumed with a duster brush on the end. That I've done for years on the an HP notebook. You may have to get a new keyboard (it will already be clean so no worries, eh)
08-10-2012 09:57 AM
08-13-2012 10:01 AM
One thing to remember is that the keyboard is not "fluid proof" it is "spill resistant" these are two very different distinctions and I would not use a foam cleaner to clean a Thinkpad unless its specifically recommended. Drying it out is the best option, I would prefer using a hairdryer on a low setting rather than making a thinkpad cake in the oven. That's just my personal opinion though.