Tuesday, 30 May 2017

What to Do - Solving a Spill on a Laptop Keyboard

It's a regretfully common occurrence. You are busy working (or playing) hard on your laptop when your favorite tasty beverage gets knocked over, right onto your laptop keyboard! So what can you do to fix a spill on a laptop keyboard?

First- immediately shut off the computer. Electricity + liquid= Big Trouble. So avoid further damage by shutting down the power, unplugging the power cord, and removing any attached devices. Set everything aside, away from any standing liquid.

Next clean up the spill. Use an absorbent cloth to blot up any standing liquid. Then carefully tilt the laptop over the cloth, allowing any liquid to drain out. Turn the computer upside down to make sure you allow all the trapped fluid to escape. If any of your attached devices got wet, do the same for them.

If you have one handy, use a hairdryer (set on "cool") or a can of compressed air to dry off the keyboard and internal components. Now allow the laptop to air dry. A waiting period of 24-48 hours is ideal, to allow any remaining moisture to evaporate. If you are in a hurry however, wait at least an hour after the spill before you turn the laptop on again.

Now turn on the computer. If it boots up, great! You're good to go. But what if the damage was more severe? First check your warranty. Some warranties will cover liquid damage after a spill on a laptop keyboard, and you can get your laptop repairs covered. If your warranty has expired, or you don't have one, you can still avoid costly repairs (or worse yet, having to replace the laptop all together). There are many great instructional videos, such as the Podnutz laptop repair video collection, that can take you through a step by step process to get your laptop up and working again!

So don't despair! You can clean up a spill on a laptop keyboard.

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