Spilling coffee, juice or water on a laptop might seem like the end of the world, but there’s a good chance of salvaging your investment if you act quickly. According to our Laptop technician, here’s a five-step DIY plan to rescue a laptop after a liquid spill.
Shut down the laptop. Pressing and holding the power button for five seconds is the quickest. Remove the power cord, unplug any peripherals and remove the battery. The biggest danger at this time is the device shorting out.
Blot up excess liquid with a soft lint-free cloth or paper towels. Do not use a wiping motion as that just spreads the liquid further.
With the laptop facing away from you, tilt it from side to side and from front to back in a gentle rocking motion to help the liquid to escape from all four sides.
Make sure that you have removed all excess liquid. Then, if you have one, use a can of compressed air to help dry the laptop. Alternatively, use a hair dryer on its coolest setting: keep the dry moving all the time and hold it at least 20 cm above the laptop.
Leave the laptop opened in an inverted “V” shape in a warm area, to completely dry out. Do not leave it in direct sunlight or on a radiator. Wait for 24 hours or longer, making sure the keyboard is completely dry, before reinstalling the battery and peripherals.
Most laptop keyboards can be replaced by our technicians, or you can purchase a new USB or wireless keyboard from SP HUB to use with the laptop.