Spilled coffe, stripped it down, now how can I clean it?
So, I tired to turn it on and it wouldn't. After eliminating any possibilities I decided to check the inside when I realized that the battery was covered in coffe. As it seems, my mum spilled some (and didn't tell me until now) and whipped it off assuming it wouldnt do any harm. I was away for 5 or so hours and that is when I came upon the damaged MBP.
I have removed the logic board, which has coffee residues, as well as the DC connector and the battery. All of these are now left to fully dry.
My question is what can I use to clean this up once its dry, and what are the chances of my MBP actually working once I put it back together?
Thanks in advance.
Dried it, cleaned it with Isopropyl alcohol, new thermal grease and all bits are back together. It wont star when using the power button so we are jump starting it.
The keyboard is fried. Managed to jump start the laptop and started testing. As I mentioned before, the keyboard is not working but the kb backlight is. Also, no sound from the speakers, but when I plug my headphones it works.
I use different things depending on what was spilled:
Distilled water is a good start for coffee using a damp (not wet!) paper towel to wipe down the battery case and other smooth areas. Use cotton swabs (Q-Tips) to wipe the other areas so not to pull anything off the logic boards or get into the tight places.
I then use isopropyl alcohol if cream or milk was in the coffee to cut through the fats they have and to act as a drier for the distilled water used before.
Some people just go for the isopropyl alcohol alone. I've found sugar and coffee do better with water, but, you don't want tap or bottled water! you must use distilled water as it won't leave any iron or salts (calcium) deposits which over time will cause problems - Remember your high school chemistry classes ;-}
i just got done going through the same thing. i used the denatured alcohol. it worked, but this is what i noticed... some people on the internet say
leave it for hours or like over night. i say from experience that 1 hour was good with a soft tooth brush and some general clean up afterwards. the solder points wanted to tarnish up like mad until i rised with deionized water. ever then, i had to really go over it with a magnifying glass, so my opinion is alcohol can be a bit much, be careful if you use it. i found my liquid in places i couldnt even believe... this site was invaluable.