It’s unfortunately common for people to spill liquids on their laptops, but the results are very variable, and can include both electrical and physical damage, ranging from short circuits to long-term corrosion. It depends a lot on the type of liquid, the quantity and how quickly you react.
Water and green tea are at the better end of the spectrum, especially in small quantities. Drinks that include a lot of sugar – which includes anything sweetened with honey – and/or milk are at the bad end. The problem is that drinks often leave a residue when they dry. The bigger the residue, the bigger the risk. It’s often easier to replace a keyboard than to clean it, if the rest of the laptop still works.
A good first response to a spill is to unplug the laptop immediately, if it’s plugged into the mains, and then remove the battery as quickly as possible. This will reduce the risk of electrical damage. If the battery is sealed in, the best you can do is shut the machine down. Either way, try to keep the laptop upside down to reduce the risk of liquid reaching the motherboard, then give us a call straight away especially if it was a sugary liquid as they are highly corrosive and the longer you delay seeking the help of an experienced engineer, the higher the chances that damage will occur
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