Great Tips - How to Care for Your Laptop

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                Spill the Drink, How to Clean and Save Your

                                                                             attached to your laptop, take them out before you
                                                                             move around. If we spill a drink on the laptop, we
                Spill the Drink, How to Clean and Save Your                  will naturally panic and do something unnecessary.
                Laptop                                                       Don’t get tangled in the wires when you’re getting
                                                                             up, you’ll just add to the damage.
                                               We are all proud of
                                               our     multitasking
                                               skills. But juggling
                                               two or three things at        See Also:
                                               one time can come
                                               for a hefty price, es-
                                               pecially if two of
                                               those tasks include a         Draining the Liquid
                                               drink and a laptop.
                                                                             After you’re sure the laptop is switched off and the
                                              Even if we know it’s           battery and all the devices are disconnected, turn
                                              a bad idea, we will            your laptop upside down. Most laptops now come
                                              drink and work on              with spill-proof keyboards so the liquid should just
                                              the laptop whene-              flow out of the keyboard. Bear in mind, ‘spill-proof’
                                              ver the two things             means the liquid won’t reach the internal compo-
                                              coincide. It is also,          nents, and even that’s not a guarantee. Depending
                                              unfortunately, in our          on the liquid, your laptop will suffer damage to the
                nature to be clumsy the moment we let our guard              keys and internal components.
                down and spill the drink on the laptop. The conse-
                quent panic is also natural, sadly. Here is a list of        If the liquid is something like water, you won’t have
                things that you need to know and do if in case your          to face too much damage. Just keep the laptop in-
                laptop suffers a spill-on.                                   verted for as long as possible (at least 6 hours), after
                                                                             which you can use something that can absorb water
                Steps to Clean and Save Your Laptop                          to wipe the keyboard clean, like paper towels or
                                                                             Q-tips, as long as it won’t deposit lint into the keys.
                Shutting Down
                                                                             If the liquid is not water, there will be damage ac-
                Regardless of the drink you spill, the first thing you       cording to two things the liquid can be. If it’s sticky

                need to do is shut your laptop down. I would prefer          like soda, it will corrode the keys and internal com-
                a cold stop, which is pressing the power key till the        ponents over time. If it’s hot like coffee, it will seep
                laptop shuts down. After that, remove the laptop             inside the laptop, instantly damaging the laptop.
                battery and A/C adapterattached to your laptop.              Your first steps would still be to shut down the lap-
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                If you have any external devices or other cables             top and invert it.


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                Spill the Drink, How to Clean and Save Your Laptop

                Wiping the Liquids                                            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. 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
                If you spilled water, your laptop should be fine.                   direct heat source. The best spot is on a
                All you need to do is drain the water out, wipe the                 table or window sill just out of the sunlight’s
                keys on the inside with a water absorbent material                  reach. If the laptop comes in direct contact
                that doesn’t leave lint. Leave the laptop alone for                 with a heat source, it may melt some parts
                at least 24 hours to completely dry out (6 hours to                 or make the liquid burrow deeper into the
                drain the water and 18 hours to dry the laptop). Do                 surface.
                not turn your laptop on before 24 hours, even if it               • Make sure, whatever you use to clean the
                is important. Remember that electronics and water                   laptop (including your fingers) is lint free
                do not go hand in hand, so you need to be sure all                  and static electricity free. You may not feel
                the water has dried off.                                            the shock, but the parts of the laptop surely
                If you have spilled soda or juice or coffee on your
                laptop, you need to do more work as these liquids             Prevention is the best cure, they say. Don’t drink
                will do some real damage. First, you will drain out           anything around your laptop if you don’t want to
                the liquid from the laptop. Do not keep it there for          fry it up. If nothing works, you best go over to a
                too long. You need to clean the sticky liquid off before      professional and hope your laptop isn’t dead.
                it dries out too much. The best stuff that you can use
                for cleaning is denatured alcohol. The denatured              CloudTag: Spill , Clean , Save , Laptop , Dell xps
                alcohol makes sure all the liquid is cleaned off. Any         m1730 battery , Hp 530 battery , Toshiba pa3536u-

                sticky liquid that remains on the keys or the com-            1brs battery
                ponents will slowly corrode the surface, wearing
                down your laptop.
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                Dos and Don’ts


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