Have you spilled coffee or any other drink on you laptop? Here is some steps you can do to try to prevent serious damage to your equipment and what we can do if its too late.

1. The most important step. Turn it off immediately. Unplug it, remove the battery.

Most permanent water damage occurs from electrical shorts. Quick as you can get the power off.

2. Unfold the laptop and lay it upside down with the keyboard and screen facing down. Try to get any liquid to flow out of it instead of deeper in to the electronics.

3. Put the laptop in a large bag of rice.

Get a garbage bag and a lot of rice. Put the rice in first and if you can find cheesecloth lay that on top of the rice. set the laptop on this pile in the bag and seal the bag tight. Leave it be for 48 hours. The rice will act at a de-humidifier and suck the moisture out of the air in the bag and out of your laptop.

4. If that doesn’t work all is not lost. Many cases the damage is limited to the keyboard and those are replaceable. If the damage is more extensive then worth repairing we can recover your data off the damaged laptop in 99.999% of cases.

Water is the least damaging of all the liquids. Sticky drinks like soda prove more problematic. The worst damage we ever encountered was caused by chocolate milk. If spilling drinks near your laptop is something your prone to do consider a keyboard cover or in extreme conditions a Toughbook

3 Responses to “Rescue a laptop from water damage”

  1. Please help, I only spilled water on screen and there’s a double layer cloud patch, I’ve put rice on it for over night and nothing has happened. What do I do.

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