Spilling a drink on a laptop, especially a sugary one such as Coke, is a terrible experience. Even if it doesn't kill your laptop, the keyboard is sure to stick or malfunction. If you're lucky enough to catch the spill as soon as it happens, you can salvage the laptop and even the keyboard before permanent damage occurs. A small spill will likely have a better outcome, as larger ones can short out the keyboard and necessitate a replacement.
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Things you need
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Cotton swabs
- Flat screwdriver
Turn off the laptop and unplug it as soon as possible after the spill.
Turn the keyboard upside down over a sink or towel to drain any Coke from inside.
Dry the laptop keyboard with a towel while it's upside down. Allow the laptop to dry in that position for at least 12 hours.
Turn the laptop right side up, and clean the key surfaces with a cloth dampened with isopropyl alcohol. Clean between the keys with alcohol-dampened cotton swabs.
Turn on the laptop, and test out each individual key. If any keys are stuck or not working, turn off the laptop and gently lift off the corresponding key caps with a flat screwdriver.
Clean the sticky key caps and assembly with alcohol-dampened cotton swabs. Allow the components to dry completely.
Place the key caps squarely on top of the key assembly, and press down firmly until it snaps.
Tips and warnings
- If the keyboard doesn't work after removing the key caps and cleaning, consider a replacement.
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