Did your Mac get wet? Don’t worry! We’ve got a solution!
Quick! What do you do when your Mac laptop gets wet? If you like to drink and surf, there’s a good chance that you’ll spill some liquid on your electronic at one point or another. Fortunately, this is not a death sentence for the Mac – at least not if you act immediately. By taking the proper steps as soon as possible, the laptop will be able to survive this tragedy. That being said, the following are some of the things to do when your Mac laptop is wet.
Step 1: Dry the Area
The first and most obvious thing to do is to mop up that wet spot before it seeps through and messes up any of the equipment. Use a dry and absorbent cloth and let it soak the liquid. Don’t wipe because this will only spread the water around which can only make things worse.
Step 2: Shut Down the Computer
Shutting down the computer and drying the area should be done almost simultaneously. By turning the computer off, you can be sure that there’s no electricity coursing through the electronics. Don’t worry about shutting it down properly – as long as it shuts down. Don’t forget to remove the battery as well and any other components that can be removed safely. Start using a tissue to soak up the water again. Remember: no wiping!
Step 3: Tip it Downwards
After making sure that all the possible liquid has been removed with cloth, tissue, or cue tip, open the laptop and tip it downwards. Think of it as a tent with the two folds holding it up. This will remove any further water with the help of gravity. Try putting some old newspapers under the Mac to see if more liquid drips or seeps out. Leave it in this position for a few hours until you’re confident that not a drop of liquid is present on the base. If you’re knowledgeable with computers, this is also the perfect stage to disassemble the laptop for further drying to ensure that all parts are water-free. Leave the individual parts to dry overnight. For those who don’t know how to do this, tipping the Mac would be enough. Most people like to power up the laptop after this point but this is not advised.
Step 4: Place it in Rice
Uncooked rice has the ability to absorb water, making it perfect for this purpose. Choose a container that is wide and deep enough to hold your mac, load it with rice, and then place the laptop inside while making sure that at least half its height is covered in rice. It’s not necessary for you to bury the Mac in the rice although the container should be sealed (air tight). Leave it there for 24 hours to give the rice time to absorb the water. Some like to use cat litter in place of rice, although the particles are too small and may wedge or clump within the laptop.
Step 5: Power it up
After roughly two days of drying and waiting, it’s time to power up the laptop and see what kind of damage it incurred. If all the proper steps are taken immediately, chances are everything is in perfect working order. Use the laptop for a few hours, perhaps running some heavy games to see if there are any problems with the software.