#FridayHacks: How To Save Your Laptop After a Liquid Spill

Just as water and oil never mixing, so is the case with liquids and computers. If they do, the liquids can do a great deal of damage to the computer.

Most college students can confirm that they often spill liquids be it drinks, coffee, tea or water onto their laptops especially during the panicky period of exams.

By David Zvina

It is best not to use a wet laptop Best not to use it until everything has dried up.Immediately after the spill, make sure your hands, and the laptop’s power button, are dry. Use a towel if necessary.

Turn off the computer…and I don’t mean shutting down Windows properly. Press and hold the power button. The computer will shut down completely after five seconds.

You’re now safe from shock. Unplug anything else that’s plugged in—mouse, cables, flash drives, and so on. Open and remove anything that can be opened and removed with relative ease. For instance, remove the RAM and the hard drive or SSD.

If the liquid was something that dries sticky, such as alcohol or sugared drinks, send it a professional to give it a thorough cleaning.

But if you just spilled water, you have a chance of drying it out yourself.


First, dry the outside thoroughly with a towel. Then clear off a table and put a fresh towel over it. Open the laptop as wide as you can, so that the screen and keyboard are on the same plane. Then put it, face and keyboard down, on that towel-covered table. Leave it there for at least a couple of hours so that the water can drip out.

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