I had the misfortune of spilling some Mountain Dew on my keyboard about two years ago, and this method has kept my keys working smoothly ever since. Cleaning your laptop is simple, but time consuming. Take your time and don't try to force anything and you should have a perfectly functioning keyboard once more!
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For any sticky situation, following these steps will make your keyboard work and feel like new!
Step 1: Shut Down... Fast!
Your first order of business is to shut down your computer and remove the battery - as quickly as possible if you spilled liquid on it. Force shut down your computer by holding the power button until it turns off. Any data loss during this process should be minimal and less costly than any shorted-out hardware.
Step 2: Gather Materials
- A cup or container large enough to hold all the keys on your keyboard
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
- Dish soap (without bleach) or some other mild detergent
- Paper towels
- Flathead screwdriver
Most of these supplies are probably already sitting around your house or apartment, but I doubt you'll spend over $10 if for some reason you need to purchase everything.
Step 3: Initial Wipedown
It's quite possible that you splashed liquid into every deep dark crevice of your computer during your spill. Use your cotton swabs if necessary, but don't worry about getting in between the keys, we'll get to that soon.