Keyboard spills require immediate action if you wish to save your keyboard or laptop. Keyboards are sophisticated electronic devices, and water and electronics don’t mix. Even a tiny bit of moisture will wreak havoc on your keyboard’s electrical circuits, so delay is devastating when you have a spill. If you stay calm and take immediate measures to clean the spill before it has had a chance to damage the keyboard’s internal circuits you stand a good chance of regaining full use of the keyboard or laptop. At a minimum, you can limit the damage to your laptop and prevent data loss.
1Turn off the power to the keyboard or laptop immediately when a spill occurs. Unplug the keyboard or computer and perform a cold shut down on your laptop. Do not attempt to save your files and data while liquids are sitting on your keyboard.
2Tilt the keyboard in the direction of the spill and allow as much liquid as possible to run off the keyboard and onto a waterproof surface, such as the floor or a container on your desk. Do not allow the water to run on to your screen as this could create further complications.
3Wipe as much moisture as you can from the keyboard using an absorbent towel or napkin.
4Remove the battery from your laptop. Disconnect all connecting cables from both your keyboard and laptop.
5Unscrew the screws holding the keyboard case in place and remove the keys. Dry the keys and as much of the internal portions of the keyboard as you safely can, taking care not to rub moisture onto the circuitry.
6Moisten a towel with a few drops of circuit cleaner and use this to clean the internal circuitry. Be gentle when cleaning the electronics and do not clean if there is no sign of dampness on the circuitry as you could end up causing damage
7Turn your keyboard or laptop upside down and place it in a warm, secure place. Leave it to dry naturally. Do not use a hairdryer to speed up the drying time as this could cause static damage. Wait until the parts have dried completely.
8Clean any stickiness from the keys and keyboard case with a damp towel. Dry the parts and reassemble the keyboard.
- Despite your best attempts at first aid, you might not regain full use of your laptop or keyboard, especially if you spilled a large volume of liquid. In this case, take the keyboard to a professional repair shop.
- Some stand-alone keyboards are water resistant so there is no need to disassemble them and clean the internal circuitry
- Do not place your keyboard in the dishwasher to clean stickiness off the keys. Perform all your cleaning tasks by hand
Things You'll Need
- Absorbent towels or napkins
- Circuit cleaner