You Just Spilled Water on Your Laptop: Now What?
4 ways to act fast
Well, you’ve finally done it: In one fell swoop you knocked over your water glass and now it’s spilling--oh God, it’s spilling--into the keyboard and your motherboard and pretty much your entire life.
Here, four ways to take emergency action:
1. Unplug the laptop immediately. This will reduce the risk of electrical damage. If you have a machine where it’s easy to remove your battery, do that, too. If not, simply shut it down.
2. Turn your laptop upside down. You want to avoid having liquid seep into the motherboard. When you flip it over, the water drains out, not in.
3. Grab a handkerchief and start blotting. In a pinch, paper towels will work, but they could leave behind residue and lint. Your best bet is to pull a handkerchief or scarf from your closet and start carefully blotting the keys. (Shake your laptop gently to help more water get out.)
4. Give it some time to air-dry. No hair dryers. (Using one will only stir up dust and dirt and send it into a now-sticky environment.) Instead, wait 24 to 48 hours and, once you’re sure your laptop is dry, power it on. We don’t want to jinx anything, but you should be good to go.