- Unplug and turn off your laptop immediately. If either you or your clothes are wet, do not unplug your laptop directly from the wall.
- Don’t use a hair dryer or other heat source to dry your laptop.
- Please don’t turn on or plug in your laptop until you’re sure it’s dry.
Spilling water on your laptop is one of those heart-stopping moments no one wants to experience. However, if it does happen to you, you can probably save your computer before anything too damaging occurs. If, or when, you spill water on your laptop, it’s important to stay calm. Remember that the most important thing is to turn off your laptop, unplug and remove its power sources, then disconnect any external hardware. This includes any external hard drives, as well as anything else that’s plugged in, including your external keyboard and mouse if you have them.
In this article, we’ll go over the details of how to save your laptop after an accidental water spill. We’ll also take a look at what you shouldn’t do.
How to Save Your Laptop from Water Spills
Spilled water on your laptop? Here’s how to save your device from a water spill, step-by-step.
What You’ll Need
- A couple of absorbent, lint-free towels
- A warm, dry place
- A fan or dehumidifier
- A screwdriver
1. Unplug Your Laptop from Its Charger and Turn It Off
First, you want to ensure that no power at all is getting to your laptop, so unplug it from its charger. If you or your clothes are also wet, do not unplug your laptop directly from the wall. Next, turn off your laptop. Do this as soon as possible after the water spill.
2. Remove the Battery if Possible
Turn the laptop upside down and locate the battery latch. Slide the latch over and hold it open until the battery is released. If the battery is wet, it is probably damaged and should not be used again.
3. Remove All External Hardware
4. Remove Your Laptop from the Spill
If there’s water under your laptop, pick it up and finish cleaning up the spill. You can place your device on a clean towel while you’re doing this.
5. Wipe Off Your Laptop
Gently wipe your laptop with an absorbent towel. Be sure to soak up any water. Try using a cotton swab or a clean toothbrush to get into small spaces.
6. Leave Your Laptop to Dry
Open up your laptop as far as it will go. Over a dry towel, hold it upside down to let any leftover water drain. You can keep your laptop upside down for a day or two while it dries. You can use a dehumidifier or a fan in the room to help speed up the process. Do not use a hair dryer or any other heat source to dry your laptop. Only try to turn on your laptop or plug it in once you’re confident it’s dry inside.
Taking Apart Your Laptop
If you think there’s still water inside your computer, don’t plug it in or turn it on. If you know what you’re doing, you can carefully take your laptop’s hard drive and other components to dry. However, if you’re unsure or you have never taken apart a laptop, it’s best to call a professional for help.
Tips on What Not to Do
- Don’t wait to unplug and turn off your laptop after a water spill. Also, don’t forget to remove the battery and unplug any external hardware.
- Don’t use forced hot air from a hair dryer or another heating source. Using hot air will damage your laptop.
- Only take apart your laptop if you know what you’re doing. If you’re unsure, call a professional for help.
If You Spill Something Other Than Water on Your Laptop
If you spill something other than water on your laptop, say soda or juice, you may need to use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol will help to dissolve the sugar and will dry quickly. To use isopropyl alcohol, dab a small amount on a towel and wipe gently. You can follow the same instructions in this article to clean up the sticky spill.
|Unplug Your Laptop from Its Charger and Turn It Off
|Remove the Battery if Possible
|Remove All External Hardware
|Remove Your Laptop from the Spill
|Wipe Off Your Laptop
|Leave Your Laptop to Dry
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