Spilled Coffee on Laptop: What To Do

Spilled Coffee on Laptop

If you spill coffee on your laptop then you need to act quickly.

Here’s what you need to do if you spill coffee on your laptop:

Step 1: Immediately turn the laptop off and unplug it.

Step 2: Unplug all external devices connected to the laptop including chargers.

Step 3: Flip the laptop over and remove the battery by opening the latch.

Step 4: Now dry and drain the water off your laptop keyboard.

Step 5: Use a microfiber cloth to dab and soak up any excess water on the keyboard.

Step 6: Place it upside down and put it on a towel with the keyboard facing the towel for at least 5 hours.

What To Do If you spill coffee on your laptop

The first thing you need to do is remove and disconnect the battery. You may be able to remove the battery easily or may have to open the chassis.

If you open the chassis it technically is voiding your warranty but spilling coffee on your laptop may also void the warranty already.

If you are worried about warranty then you should call up your manufacturer asap and see what they can do for you.

You might be able to get a free laptop inspection and you would most likely have to pay for the repairs. If your laptop isn’t under warranty then you can continue to take out the parts and let the laptop dry.

After you disconnect and remove the battery the next thing you can do is remove the ram stick.

Then you can remove the M.2 SSD or the HDD. What you do after this depends on the laptop model you have and how old it is.

Personally, I would just remove the battery and place it on a towel for 24 hours or overnight then see if the laptop functions and there is no liquid on it anymore.

If you really need to then you can place a fan on it to dry it even more.

How to fix sticky keys after a coffee spill

After you prevent your laptop from taking any liquid damage, the next thing you have to worry about is sticky keys after the coffee has dried.

The best way to fix this is to get some alcohol wipes and carefully wipe the keyboard and then use a microfiber dry cloth afterwards.

This should remove any sticky residue because alcohol wipes are great at removing things like residue after you remove sticky tape. It will also clean any bacteria as well.

Do not put your laptop in a bucket of rice because the dust from the rice can get inside the laptop very easily and cause even more problems!

Also make sure to let the laptop fully dry on a towel for at least 12 hours so all the coffee drys off.


Spilling coffee on a laptop can be a sticky and expensive situation. You must act quickly before your laptop gets any liquid damage from the coffee.

You should get rid of as much of the liquid as possible and then let the laptop air out and dry upside down on a towel.

You must also consider your warranty situation in the case that you have to open up your laptop to remove the battery. Removing the battery is important because we don’t want electricity running throughout the components and shorting because of the liquid.

Make sure you avoid any future spills because the likelihood of your laptop getting liquid damage is very high if you spill water or coffee on the keyboard.

With over 12 years of experience with laptops, Grayson Uppington has delved deep into the tech world, always learning and sharing. His top pick is the Lenovo Legion Slim 5, blending performance with style. Formerly a pro gamer in CS:GO, those tournaments sharpened his skills and heightened his appreciation for laptop potential.