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Help! I Spilled Water On My Laptop! What Do I Do?
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If this has just happened to you, I sympathise. I am something of a keyboard slayer and the only reason why I haven’t killed a laptop yet is I don’t use one anymore. A laptop is far too dangerous for my spilling ways.

The first thing you must do is turn your laptop off and disconnect it from power. Open it up and lay it face down on a dry towel on the floor or the desk. Now that that is settled, leave it there for a while and let all the water drain out. Remove the battery if possible.

The most important thing to do now is to leave it off until it is completely dry. Do not turn it on! This is the worst thing you can try to do now. The water doesn’t actually causes the damage – unlike salt water that corrodes or wine or soda whose chemical composition destroys electronics.

It is the combination of electricity and water which will destroy your laptop. If you dry it out properly before you turn the electricity back on, you may be able to save it. There are people who actually wash their keyboards in the dishwasher and swear by it. If they can do this and have their keyboards work, hopefully your laptop will be fine after some drying time.

Leave the laptop to dry for as long as you can. Do not give in to the temptation to turn it on to check if it’s ok. I know it’s hard to resist, but waiting until your laptop is completely dry is the best option. The best place to dry your laptop is a warm, dry room with good airflow. If this is impossible, try setting your laptop up with a fan to blow air on it.

If you are confident with dismantling your laptop somewhat, once the excess water has drained, you can try taking off your keyboard and spraying with a can of air. This may help you speed up the drying time.

After leaving your laptop to dry for at least 24 hours, you can reconnect the battery and plug into electricity. If you turn it on now, hopefully it will be fine. It is impossible to know the exact effect a spill will have on your laptop, as it can have affected loads of different circuits. In future, try to avoid spilling water on the laptop as it is one of the easiest ways to cause permanent damage.


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