What To Do When You Spill a Drink on Your Laptop

Posted by Brainwave Computers on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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If you spill a drink on your laptop it will require immediate attention by a professional. The good news is there are a few steps you can take to give your laptop it’s best chances of survival before taking it into a computer repair shop. What should you do when you spill a drink on your laptop? Start here:

A good first response to a spill is to unplug the laptop immediately, if it’s plugged into the mains, and then remove the battery as quickly as possible. This will reduce the risk of electrical damage. If the battery is sealed in, the best you can do is shut the machine down. Either way, try to keep the laptop upside down to reduce the risk of liquid reaching the motherboard.

It’s natural to use whatever’s handy to remove as much liquid as you can. Not many people carry lint-free or microfibre cleaning cloths, but a well-washed handkerchief is a good alternative. If nothing else is handy, use paper towels or tissues. Try to blot rather than wipe, bearing in mind that cloths and tissues can also leave residues.

If the spill is quite big, tilting the laptop towards an air vent and shaking it gently can help get more liquid out. So can unscrewing the bottom of the case and removing the hard drive, though you should be careful not to touch any of the electronics. (A pro would wear an anti-static wrist strap.)

If the liquid is from the bad end of the spectrum, and will leave residues from (for example) milk and sugar, wipe the laptop down with a damp lint-free cloth.

When you have done as much as you can, leave the laptop propped up somewhere warm to dry for at least a day, and preferably for two days. Don’t use a hair dryer, which will blow hot dust into a sticky environment.

If you have any liquid damage to your laptop it’ll need a professional to take a look inside. Residual liquid left inside your computer can cause corrosion and oxidation on the laptop or desktop components. This is a bad thing. We are experts at liquid damage repair, click to Contact Brainwave Today.

SRC: Read more about what to do when you spill a drink in your laptop at: www.theguardian.com/technology/askjack/2012/jul/05/drink-spilled-on-laptop