Imagine this situation: A person sitting in a coffee shop, calmly surfing the Web on their laptop while having a cup of coffee or tea, and suddenly, a person passing by bumps into their table and spills the hot coffee on the computer; no doubt a situation that most of us have seen, lived or heard about.
If this has ever happened to you, you probably thought it was time to buy a new computer. But there’s no need to rush!
Although no computer is impervious to water or other liquids, you may well be able to resurrect your workhorse in a few simple steps. It will take you a day or so to do it, but it may well be worth the effort.
That’s why Intel provides us with some interesting tips on what to do after your laptop suffers a liquid accident
Although most laptops now have sealed keyboards to prevent fluids from spilling into the circuitry (or at least delay their effect for about an hour), spills are still one of the leading causes of laptop deaths. Here’s how to minimize the damage if you do suffer a fluid spill.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET WATER ON YOUR LAPTOP?
Getting your machine wet while typing is one of the worst situations you’ll ever experience in life, but it’s nothing to worry too much about. Fortunately, it is a problem that you can solve immediately with a series of recommendations on what to do.
It is very important to take into account that the first moments are vital, so you must act quickly, but also with delicacy because it is not just about anything. Master nervousness and anguish before getting down to work so as not to fail.
PLEASE DO IT!
This has to be done with speed. Do it directly by pressing the power button. Don’t get into the habit of doing it with the cursor. Every second to act is precious to keep your computer safe and sound.
The key to saving your laptop after a liquid spill is to remove as much moisture as possible. This means waiting a long time for natural evaporation to take its course.
In case you have any external device connected such as a USB, external disk, mouse, headphones, memory cards or even the charger itself, it should be removed immediately. The same applies to the battery, remove it, but do not mistreat the cables by pulling them roughly.
DO NOT DISASSEMBLE THE LAPTOP
Do not disassemble the laptop or its parts for any reason. This may damage internal components and invalidate your warranty, if applicable.
ABSORB LIQUID WITH A PIECE OF CLOTH
A soft piece of cloth should be used to wipe up any excess water, soda or coffee that is on the laptop. Avoid wiping the keyboard or area where it is wet, as this will work against you and damage the keys or screen.
The cloth should be soft to absorb excess liquid without scratching the laptop. Do not rub the surface with the cloth because you will spread the liquid all over the laptop.
Remember that calmness will be your best ally.
TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN OR TILT IT
Here you have to be a high degree of zen person because you will move the computer with a certain degree of inclination.
Why? So that the liquid can drain out. It is recommended to place it at a 90-degree angle just so it will drain everything that fell on it.
LET IT DRY FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS
After you have done all of the above, the machine must remain in the set position (90°) so that any drips will run out of the system. Once the time has elapsed and there are no more traces of liquid, it should be turned back on.
If you have a hair dryer, use it on the coolest setting and carefully dry the keyboard and all parts you have removed. Run the dryer over all parts of the computer until it is completely dry and can be safely turned on.
TAKE IT TO A SPECIALIST
Attention! If water has spilled on your laptop and the equipment emits unpleasant odors or even sparks, it should be turned off immediately and taken to a specialist, as the risk of severe damage may be more delicate.
If you spilled a sticky or residue-based liquid such as soda, juice or coffee:
- Follow the above procedures, but carefully wipe the surface of the unit after initial drying. Use a soft cloth lightly dampened with a diluted 50% solution of isopropyl alcohol or glass cleaning fluid diluted with water, a non-abrasive commercial cleaner, or a professional keyboard cleaner.
- Don’t forget to clean the keypad in a similar manner.
- Turn off the computer and let it dry for at least one hour, preferably one day.
- If necessary, take your machine to a specialist.
IMPORTANT! Only when the laptop is completely dry can you reconnect any removable components and turn it on.
If it turns on without problems, try various programs and use external devices to make sure everything is back to normal. Backup your files and take it in for a check to see if it is working properly after the accident.
Remember, it is very important to keep in mind that the first moments are vital so you must act quickly, but also with delicacy because it is not just about anything.