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How to Clean the Keyboard on a Toshiba Satellite Laptop After a Drink Spill

Updated February 21, 2017

Toshiba Satellite laptops are computers designed for mobile use, featuring quad-core processors, 3D Vision and premium sound. It is important to be careful when consuming liquids around laptops. If you do spill a drink on your laptop keyboard, move quickly to clean it up. The quicker you work, the more successful you will be in cleaning up the drink and preventing damage. However, no matter how quickly you move, some spills--especially large spills--may cause damage that requires help from a professional.

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  1. Unplug your laptop as soon as a drink is spilt on the keyboard. Remove the battery from the back of the laptop. Remove all cables or attachments that attach other devices, such as printers or a computer mouse, as well as any swappable optical drives or PC cards.

  2. Place a towel or paper towels over the laptop, and absorb as much liquid as possible. Gently press and move the towel to absorb any liquid that is sitting on top of the laptop. However, do not press with a great deal of force, which will push the liquid further into the laptop.

  3. Tilt the laptop forward to keep the liquid away from the LCD screen.

  4. Use a computer and electronic repair Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the screws located on the bottom of your Toshiba Satellite laptop. A computer and electronic repair screwdriver is thinner and longer than regular tools, allowing it to fit into thinner holes. Remove the plastic shell around the laptop by gently lifting upwards to expose the internal circuits.

  5. Pour a small amount of electronics circuit cleaner onto a clean microfiber cloth. Dab the cloth onto the affected internal parts that have been exposed to the drink spill and have visible residue or liquid on or around them.

  6. Allow the inside of the laptop to air dry for up to 48 hours before placing the plastic shell back over the laptop.

  7. Place the plastic shell firmly into place. Gently squeeze or hold the laptop together with one hand while screwing the screws back into place with the computer and electronic repair Phillips screwdriver.

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Things You'll Need

  • Towel or paper towels
  • Computer and electronic repair Phillips screwdriver
  • Electronic circuit cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth

About the Author

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.

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