What to do if you spilled water on your laptop

I know, you don’t want to think about spilling water on your laptop. You probably tell yourself that it will never happen to you, as you’re always so careful.

But still, if it happens, do you know what to do?

Unfortunately, I’m not speaking out of some article I read a while back. I actually managed to spill water on my laptop the other day. And yes, I am always very careful. In 8 years, since I own a laptop, this never happened to me.

These are the steps you should take if you manage to spill water on your laptop:

  1. Unplug the power cord.
  2. Take out the battery.
  3. Turn the laptop upside down and let the water drip out.
  4. Wait for it to dry out. This can take days, but your patience will most certainly be rewarded. You can try to speed the process with a hairdryer, but I don’t recommend it.
  5. Prepare to open it up. If you have warranty, you probably voided it anyway when you gave your laptop a drink, so don’t worry about it.
    Once you opened it up look for signs of corrosion. Usually these look like white stains on the green/black logic board. If you spilled something else than water, the surface will probably also be sticky. Grab some cue tips and some isopropyl alcohol and get cleaning.
  6. Wait another day or so, and try to boot it up.

The steps will be slightly different depending on what happened, but they will generally work for you. The first two steps are actually the most important ones, so try to get them done as soon as possible.

In my case, doing these steps managed to save my logic board and all my important components. Unfortunately, the keyboard is gone, so I ordered a new one hoping that there isn’t any damage to the actual connector that is found on the logic board.

I think I’m going to buy this sippy cup from Amazon now:

Don’t forget to share. You might a laptop someday.

Did you ever spill water on your laptop? Did you manage to save it ?

2 thoughts on “What to do if you spilled water on your laptop

  1. Hi Cladiu,

    I’m sorry that happened to you – wow 8 years, accident-free is a great record!

    I’ve not spilled water on my laptop (because it is higher than my desk on a stand) but I’ve ruined two keyboards in the past by spilling cereal on them. LOL

    I find your straight to the point list extremely helpful, and I will be sharing.

    Truthfully, I would probably immediately invert it to let water run out and not damage further (two seconds time), then unplug and remove battery. After all, batter can only be accessed if inverted, right? 😉

    So happy your laptop is okay. I use a MacBook Pro and love it.

    I didn’t know you could order a new keyboard only for laptop. My control button is split, do you think I could get just one button?

    Thanks for the awesome article and list of what to do in a case like this. Very practical help.

    Take Care,
    – Carol :)

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