How to Fix a Wet Laptop

How were you supposed to know your computer can't swim? Isn't it called a laptop?

You will need

  • Paper towels or lint-free cloth
  • Cotton swabs
  • A towel
  • Lots of luck
  • Professional help

Step 1 Power down When your laptop gets wet, immediately cut off the power supply and shut the computer down. Remove the battery, as well as the hard drive and any peripherals.

Step 2 Drain and dry Pour as much water as you can off the surface of the laptop. Use paper towels or lint-free cloth and cotton swabs to clean and dry the laptop, battery, and any removable parts or peripherals. Don’t use a hairdryer or a microwave; it can melt your hardware.

Step 3 Let it sit Lay a towel on a flat surface. Open the laptop, turn it upside down, and let it drain onto the towel for a few days.

Step 4 Reinsert the battery Reinsert the battery, and turn the machine on. If it powers up, let it run for an hour or so and shut it down again. If it doesn’t, try plugging in the power cord.

Step 5 Reinstall the extras If your laptop worked well on battery power, you’re probably out of the woods. Reinstall the removable parts and peripherals, fire the machine back up, and count your lucky stars.

Step 6 Take it for repairs If your laptop works when it’s plugged in, but not on battery power — or if you’re experiencing any other problems — take it in for repairs.