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
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.
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-
If you have any external devices or other cables top and invert it.
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
• 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 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
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ponents will slowly corrode the surface, wearing
down your laptop.
Dos and Don’ts