How to Save Your Laptop after a Spill

It’s in our nature to be clumsy the moment we let our guard down and spill the drink on the laptop. The consequent panic is also natural, sadly. In case you don’t panic, there are some things that you can do to save your laptop.

Steps to Clean and Save Your Laptop

If you spilled soda or juice or coffee on your laptop, you need to do more work as these liquids will do some real damage. First, you will drain out the liquid from the laptop. Do not keep it there for too long. You need to clean the sticky liquid off before it dries out too much. The best stuff that you can use for cleaning is denatured alcohol. The denatured alcohol makes sure all the liquid is cleaned off. Any sticky liquid that remains on the keys or the components will slowly corrode the surface, wearing down your laptop.

Dos and Don’ts

There are some tricks that you can use, to dry out your laptop faster and some mistakes that you need to avoid.

One trick that works is to drain off the liquid from the laptop quickly, take a bag full of rice and stick the laptop in the bag.

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<script async Computers src=”https://secure.assets.tumblr.com/post.js”>The rice will absorb all the liquid that seeps out of the laptop, making sure your laptop dries out as fast as possible. When you dry out your laptop, don’t use a hair-dryer. The heat from the hair-dryer will destroy your laptop in two ways; it will fry some components, leaving them useless; it will only encourage the liquid to heat up and dig deeper into the surface, speeding up the corrosion. The best way to dry out the laptop is place it in indirect heat or slightly away from a direct heat source. The best spot is on a table or window sill just out of the sunlight’s reach. If the laptop comes in direct contact with a heat source, it may melt some parts or make the liquid burrow deeper into the surface. Make sure, whatever you use to clean the laptop (including your Hard Drive fingers) is lint free and static electricity free. You may not feel the shock, but the parts of the laptop surely can. Prevention is better than the cure, they say. Don’t drink anything around your laptop if you don’t want to fry it up. If nothing works, you best go over to a professional and hope your laptop isn’t dead.

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