What to Do When You Spill Liquid on Your Laptop

It’s a good rule of thumb to keep all liquids away from your computer. It’s easy to forget and even easier to accidentally bump that Venti Latte or late night glass of red wine all over your laptop! Here's what to do if the dreaded liquid spill happens despite your best efforts.

  1. Quickly stop whatever is spilling. For example, if you knocked a coffee cup onto your laptop, make sure it doesn’t continue to pour out coffee.
  2. Immediately cut the power to your laptop by unplugging it from the wall FIRST. Attempting to remove the power cord or other cables from the laptop itself could result in an electric shock. After you have unplugged from the wall outlet you can unplug the power cord from the laptop. Do not do any of this with wet hands!
  3. Flip the laptop over and remove the battery if it is easily removable. (Newer MacBooks do not have easy access to the battery, in which case you should not attempt to remove it.) This cuts all power to the laptop. Electronics and water are more easily damaged if they have electricity flowing through them. Turning over the laptop will also help drain the liquid off of the laptop. 
  4. Using a super absorbent and soft cloth, dab the laptop to remove the liquid. Very gently press on and between the keys and ports. You may try using a Q-tip to dab liquid out of the ports and vents. Be very careful not to push liquid further into the computer - dabbing gently is the best approach.
  5. Your computer may need to be cleaned thoroughly on the inside. We do not recommend doing this yourself unless you are confident you know what you are doing or have a background in computer repair or electronics.
  6. Contact us at GeekHampton to describe the spill and for further recommendations. With any luck following the steps above will save your computer.

Liquid spills are another excellent reason to always have a backup of your computer

When in doubt ask a Geek...we are here to help!

TIP: Have a rule that all liquids are kept at least an arm-length away from your computer.