9 Replies Latest reply: May 23, 2009 9:39 PM by AtlantaAngel
AtlantaAngel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am such a dope. I was studying and I picked up my starbucks cup and my iced coffee, which was really diluted because I had had it for a while, well it slipped out of my hand and spilled all over my laptop. I cleaned it up as soon as possible and the circle thingy started spinning, so I shut it down, I then took the battery out and everything. I usually dont have liquids so close to my computer, I was clearly not thinking last night. What should I do, I am afraid its broken forever!

Macbook2,1, Mac OS X (10.5.5), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1. Re: Spilled Coffee on Laptop
    macbook1990 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i had sort of the same encounter yesterday, i spilt mountain dew on my keyboard and alot of the keys are sticking around the shift key

    im wondering how to take off the keys so i can clean under them to get rid of the stickiness..
  • 2. Re: Spilled Coffee on Laptop
    AtlantaAngel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I bought my macbook in 2008. I see online they give detailed instructions for dismantling the machine and cleaning it. I know I cant spare 800 bucks for it to be repaired because when I cut it on I only get a gray screen.
  • 3. Re: Spilled Coffee on Laptop
    AKA1ex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    get some alcohol and soke your laptop on it
    it wont hurt your laptop because it will evaporate and it will do the same for the coffe plus it will clean it
  • 4. Re: Spilled Coffee on Laptop
    AtlantaAngel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You mean like soak the entire laptop in alcohol?
  • 5. Re: Spilled Coffee on Laptop
    Geekdad Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Yeah...It sounds weird but it is supposed to work. I would recommend removing the battery first. The alcohol will remove the soda and evaporate fast. Hope that helps...
  • 6. Re: Spilled Coffee on Laptop
    AtlantaAngel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am terrified to soak it in alcohol. I did open it and I saw some dried coffee in there :/
  • 7. Re: Spilled Coffee on Laptop
    Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (15,515 points)
    Considering that a warranty doesn't cover liquid damage anyway, and you have the machine opened, my suggestion is to use some distilled water to rinse the parts inside. Don't use it on the hard drive or the optical drive.

    Some alcohols are OK for using on a computer, and others aren't. Distilled water won't do any more harm to the computer.

    Rinse it thoroughly--if you see sticky spots, you may want to use a small brush to gently try to remove the residue--and let it dry for at least 3 days. Check all the parts for wet spots before you reassemble the computer, and wait longer (up to a week) if you think it's necessary.

    Once you have the computer put back together, make sure you leave the battery off. Connect the MagSafe adapter and start up the computer. This way, if it behaves oddly, you can just pull the plug.

    Best of luck~

    ~Lyssa
  • 8. Re: Spilled Coffee on Laptop
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    *DO NOT SOAK YOUR LAPTOP IN ALCOHOL!!!!*

    If any liquid gets in it immediately turn it off and unplug the adaptor if connected. If you're quick you may prevent the logic board from shorting out and being destroyed when it otherwise would.

    The laptop needs to be opened and verified absolutely dry (if plain water) before restarting, and professionally cleaned if anything other than water was spilled.
  • 9. Re: Spilled Coffee on Laptop
    AtlantaAngel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Oh I have not soaked it in alcohol, lol. I will either make an appointment at the apple store or either find a repair shop to take a look at it. I removed the hard drive and I saw sticky spots in it, I did not remove any screws. The side where the hard drive is is where I spilled a lot of my coffee drink. I kind of think its the logic board since I only get a white screen. I did not have the common sense to unplug it quickly, I probably did it 3-5 mins later, boy I am such a dope!