No matter how careful you are with food and liquid near your laptop, spills do happen. It might not be possible to save your laptop, but to give it a good chance, follow these steps.
- Immediately cut off all power. Unplug and shut off your laptop.
- Open your laptop and hold it upside down. Dry the outside of your machine. Wipe down any wet surfaces with a towel. Drying the computer immediately will help mitigate the effects as much as possible.
- Take off the back panel and remove the internal battery.
- Disassemble every single component. If you’re unsure how to do this, follow instructions carefully and slowly so as not to damage anything.
- Clean the components. This process varies depending on the type of liquid you spilled. If it’s just water, using isopropyl alcohol will absorb the moisture and remove substances that can damage components in the long run. If it’s a sugary drink, use a soft brush or cotton swab and distilled water to clean and dissolve the sugar, in addition to using isopropyl alcohol to clean it.
- Speed up the evaporation of alcohol by blowing canned air on the components.
- Allow the components to dry in a warm, dry area for two days.
- Attempt to power back on.
If you can’t take your laptop apart, dry it as best you can and then lay it upside down on a dry surface. Use a fan to speed up the drying process, but never attempt to dry it with a blow dryer. We recommend taking it to a repair center before trying to turn it back on. Call Gemmis Technologies for additional information at 703-942-9928.