Don’t Panic Liquid Damage – Laptop Repair World
What’s the best thing to do when there’s a spill on your laptop? Keep calm and carry on:
First, know that your data is safe. Hard drives — while not hermetically sealed — are tightly put together. If you act quickly, you can prevent the liquid from getting to your hard disk, and damaging your valuable data. (I’ll save the bad news for later.)
Turn Off The Computer
Even before you run to get a towel, turn the computer off. If you can’t shut it down normally (the keyboard won’t respond for example), try pressing the power button for several seconds to force the computer to shut down. Unplug the laptop, and disconnect any cables and USB devices.
With The Lid Open, Turn The Computer Upside Down
This prevents the liquid from getting too far into the computer. While the computer is upside down, remove the battery and set it aside.
Wipe Up The Liquid
All joking aside: use toilet paper. Ounce for ounce, it’s the most absorbent material you’re likely to have handy. It’s also thin, so it can reach down into crevices in and around your keyboard to soak up the liquid. This is especially important for sugary drinks like colas and juice: Sugars are sticky, and if they dry, you’ll have a bigger problem.