How to Repair a Laptop With Liquid Spilled on the Keyboard

by Susan Reynolds

Laptops are fragile devices. They are not waterproof, and if you spill anything on the keyboard, even a few drops of liquid, it could get permanently damaged. The keyboard of a laptop is directly above the motherboard. However, you may be able to repair a laptop with liquid spilled on the keyboard. The key to fixing a laptop that has water damage is to act quickly. The longer you wait to repair the laptop, the lower your chances of success.


Turn off the power immediately. Unplug the power cable and remove the battery from the back of the laptop by pushing aside the latch on the bottom of the laptop. It is important to keep electricity from running through the laptop.


Use paper towels to absorb any visible liquid on the laptop.


Remove the keyboard. Consult your model's manual to do this, or use a Philips head screwdriver to pry off the panels surrounding the keyboard. Unscrew any screws holding down the keyboard. Pull up the keyboard slightly and unplug the cable attaching it to the motherboard.


Use a microfiber cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol to wipe off the keyboard, both front and back. Wipe down the motherboard with the microfiber cloth if you see any wet spots on it.


Place your disassembled laptop in front of a fan that is blowing cool (not hot) air. Keep it out of the sunlight and let it dry for at least 24 hours.


Reassemble your laptop when it looks completely dry and power it back on.

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About the Author

Susan Reynolds has been a writer since 2008. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida and is a licensed real estate agent in Florida.

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