Skip to main content

MacBook Pro models with 13" displays

8977 Questions View all

Spilled coffee on my laptop, took it apart, dryed it, but...

So I spilled coffee on my laptop last night. Which apparently a lot of people do (yay google!)

The computer was working fine last night (the mouse was a little weird at first but once dry it was fine) and I kept it off and turned it upside down for the rest of the night. However, when I tried to turn it on this morning, it didn't work.

After following some advice on here and other places, my friends and I took off the back cover (I have the unibody one) and used compressed air to dry out the inside. We didn't take the battery out (there's a "warning do not remove battery" sign) but we saw a lot of coffee spots so we tried to clean those up.

Unfortunately, the side that the coffee spilled on was the side with the processor (sorry if I'm spelling that wrong). The battery is working fine (we tried charging it and the light came on and everything) but the computer itself wont turn on. I unplugged the charger, closed it, and let it sit for a while but I'm not sure what to do!!

Just adding, I'm a college student with no money whatsoever. I did buy an extended warranty, but I think that went out the door when I spilled coffee on it so I just went ahead and opened it up myself anyway. I just would REALLY like to avoid having to go to the apple store for help.

Considering that I already opened it and there's still coffee residue on the sides, do you think it might still be worth it to give the warranty a shot and try calling apple?

Also, is there a specific way that I can clean the laptop so that nothing corrodes and decreases the life span?

Answered! View the answer I have this problem too

Is this a good question?

Score -1
Add a comment

1 Answer

Chosen Solution


blowing and wiping will not dry under components, in fact blowing only spreads moisture around where it wasn't. Removing power is not an option or a suggestion it's the only way to stop shorting out components until everything is completely dry. Once you've shorted something out the only "fix" is to replace the damaged part here's similar problems and solutions.

Liquid spills of any kind are not covered under warranty.

You more than likely damaged the logic board. Replacement should solve your problem, however you could also have damaged RAM and Network components too.

So far your DC in board and Battery charging boards and battery are OK - but using them in conjunction with a bad logic board could yet blow them out.

If this answer was helpful please remember to mark it accepted.

Good Luck,


Was this answer helpful?

Score 2


Do you think it would be most practical to just call the apple guys then?

Thanks for your advice!


See if they will give you a diagnosis of what's wrong (if you think you can DIY you can get the parts & do that), if not then you'll know what it will cost to have it repaired.


Add a comment

Add your answer

Alex will be eternally grateful.
View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 0

Past 7 Days: 0

Past 30 Days: 1

All Time: 6,116