Spilled Coffee - Help

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by llofte, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. llofte macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    Well, I'm freaking out right now. I spilled coffee on my MacBook. Luckily, it wasn't that much. It probably got in about 5 keys in the upper right hand corner (above the cd drive). I Immediately shut it down and pulled out the battery and flipped it upside down. I have wiped up all the coffee and have it sitting upside down on the edge of a pile of towels. The keyboard and screen are at a right angle so the keyboard is laying on the towels and the screen is going down off the corner.

    My question is: now what? How long should I let it sit there? Do you think it'll be ok since it was over the cd drive and not anything real scary? Should I call Apple and ask them what to do without actually telling them who I am? Should I remove the CD drive? Would that void the warranty? I already opened up the back to take a peak, but I don't know what I'm "allowed" to do other than change the ram. I would like to get the underside of the keys, but don't know how to. Would removing the drive lead strait to the keys? Is there any sort of barrier between the keys and vital MacBook organs for safety?

    Ok I'll stop asking questions. Help?

    Oh, and it's a new aluminum MacBook.
  2. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Be thankful it's only coffee and not coke or pepsi.

    How long you should leave it depends on the air temperature of your room, ideally I would place the unit in the airing cupboard, cause usually it's warmer there. I'd leave it to dry off for at least 72hours at minimum, a week would be better!

    Afterwards, I I'd would gently pop-off each of the affect keys, grab a cotton swob and proceed to clean the area under the keys. Been very careful not to break the plastic scissors...

    Good luck, hope all is well.
  3. ec51 macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2008
    Haa...love it. :cool:

    Good luck!

  4. MacJenn macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2008
    Too bad for you. The new Macbook have sensor stickers all inside it and they will know if liquid got in there. I read even a little amount could be detected now. No more warranty most likely for you unless you are really lucky. The older ones didn't have the sensor like the new ones. You better hope nothing goes wrong with it in the future because you probably won't have a warranty.

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