Accidentally Spill On Your MacBook? Try These Tips

We’ve all had the misfortune of accidentally damaging a beloved electronic device. But there is perhaps none worse than getting a MacBook wet. Apple products are notoriously difficult to repair by yourself, and they can be quite costly to replace.

At AnimationTech, we understand your plight and want to assist you in getting your MacBook back up and running. So follow the steps outlined below to see if there’s still life left in your Apple device.

In the meantime, if you don’t have an extra laptop available, you can always count on us for our MacBook rental Los Angeles services. Let us know what you need, and we’ll be sure to assist you in finding a suitable solution.


First Things First

If the spill happened while Macbook is on, turn it off as soon as possible and do not close the MacBook! If you re-open the MacBook, it will automatically turn on and risk damaging the MacBook further.

If the spill happened while MacBook is off, leave it the way it was during the spill (open or closed) then attempt the steps below for drying.

1. Disconnect the Power Supply

The first step to take if you spilled liquid on your MacBook is to safely unplug your MacBook from any source of power. You don’t want to leave it plugged in and risk electrocution or damage the computer even further.

2. Take Your MacBook Somewhere Dry

The most important thing to do if you spill liquid on your MacBook is to get it out of the liquid as soon as possible. Unplug your MacBook from power and move it to a dry area. If you have time, turn off the MacBook and disconnect any accessories that are plugged into it.

3. Turn off the MacBook Right Away

Unplugging your MacBook is only part of the solution. If you spill liquid on your MacBook, be sure to power off your device immediately. This will help prevent any additional electrical or liquid damage. Plus, it can keep you from getting electrocuted.

4. Disconnect the Battery and Unplug Any Accessories

It’s a good idea to unplug all accessories from your MacBook before you power it off. Accessories, like the power cord or wired mouse, can short-circuit if water comes in contact with them. It’s also important to disconnect the battery for safety reasons and to remove the battery requires specific tools to open the back of the MacBook. We would recommend having your IT team take care of this part or going to your local Apple store as soon as possible. If you can’t see them sooner continue on to the next steps.


5. Absorb Any Liquid

One of the first steps after you spill liquid on your MacBook is to absorb any liquid that you can. To do this, turn over your laptop and remove it from any other electronics that may be nearby. Then use a towel or paper towels to soak up as much liquid as possible.

Once you’ve soaked up all of the liquid, you’ll want to continue to keep any external accessories unplugged. This will help prevent any potential damage caused by power surges during the drying process.

6. Let Your MacBook Dry Completely

After you’ve taken the necessary steps to clean your MacBook, you’ll want to wait until it’s completely dry. Depending on the severity of the spill, this may take up to 48 hours.

The drying process should happen in a well-ventilated area and at room temperature. If you plan on using your MacBook while the liquid is still soaking into the keyboard or other parts of your machine, there is a chance that those areas will never be completely dry and may result in permanent damage to your computer.

As such, it is imperative that you don’t attempt to use your MacBook in any manner. Patience is key here, so rent a MacBook or use a different device if you absolutely must have access to a computer or the internet.

7. Turn It On

Now that your MacBook is completely dry, try turning it on. If everything checks out, you’re good to go. But if you’re still running into issues or the device just refuses to turn on, you need to think about other options.

You can always take advantage of our computer rental Los Angeles services. We offer both Apple and PC rentals, and we can ensure that you have the access you need until you find a permanent solution.

If you need further assistance finding a MacBook or PC to rent, give us a call today at 213-985-4442. You may also submit a rental request to get started.

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