Spilled vente starbucks tea on macbook pro


macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 26, 2009
Hey guys,

My dad just spilled 2/3 of a hot vente (20 oz.) tea onto my 2010 15" macbook pro. It landed on the lower right side of the keyboard, spilling over most of the computer. The computer shut off by itself immediately. I have not tried to turn it on. Its upside down, drying out in a warm spot currently.

Does anyone wanna advise me on what to from here?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks, Nick


Sep 21, 2012
In the middle of several books.
Option A) Take Mac to Apple store for quote on repair
Option B) Get new Mac that will be covered under warranty.
Option C) Try and spend several hours attempting to repair it yourself, with no promise that related problems won't keep popping up.

In my opinion, dad is responsible for all cost with either option A or B. I would pick option B.


macrumors 68030
Oct 19, 2011
What a waste of tea. A tall cup would have been sufficient to reliably kill the mac.

The general procedure is to let things dry out thoroughly, at least for 2-3 days, before trying to switch it back on. If it goes back into a working state, be happy, use it until it breaks. If it doesn't, just buy a new one. Repair won't be worth the money on this slightly older machine.


macrumors newbie
Jan 4, 2014
If I may ask, how old are you?
Advise, never handle a firearm, better yet, don't give it to your dad.


macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
Go on Amazon and buy those desiccant bags.

Get those vacuum bags (for clothes) and your Mac and the desiccant bags inside. Seal thing up. Wait a few days.

Unfortunately as it shut itself off, it's probably dead already.


macrumors newbie
Feb 25, 2014
Unfortunately I did this as well. Take it to a Mac store but its likely your machine is toast and you will have to get a new one. Unless you have insurance policy covering accidental damage for the computer I am afraid you are up for a new machine. Expensive mistake.... I know. Mine was a 2.6Ghz 15" rMBP Retina approx $3k worth of laptop in Oz. One full latte,.. all over red rover.


macrumors 68020
Jul 29, 2012
San Antonio, TX
This is why I have a no drink policy within 1 foot of my hardware.

People will happily prance around your $2000 laptop with an open can of soda, that vente caramel macchiato, or simply a glass of juice.

People think I'm paranoid when I first tell them this policy, until they spill their drink 5 minutes later.


macrumors 6502
Apr 30, 2012
I keep seeing posts like this you would think in a huge investment with a MacBook Pro notebook you would pay a bit more for a keyboard cover. I am glad I did that. I really would not want to screw up my keyboard or anything else if I should ever have any liquids near my computer.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 21, 2012
Put ur mac in a cloth bag and then put it in a bag of rice for a day or two. I hope after the spill u diwconnected the battery. Before switching the mac on open it up and check all conectors for corrosion and leftofter goo from the tea. Clean it with alcohol if you find any, check if any keys are sticky and remove the caps to clean it. Only after this start it up and hope it works.


macrumors 604
Apr 15, 2004
You can let it dry, but the tea leaf fragments won't evaporate away (water would have been better here). Very good chance the logic board is toast.

Apple will want to replace the logic board at the very least, which could cost as much as a new machine. You might be able to get someone adventurous (i.e. not the Apple Store) to clean the logic board, but the keyboard might be toast as well, which usually requires a top case replacement.

In all likelihood the machine is probably totaled.


Staff member
May 3, 2009
Bummers on your loss

Other then waiting to get it fully dry and hoping for the best, there's no much else to recommend. The odds are decent that the logic board is fried, though waiting, hoping and praying may produce surprising results and it turns on. The other option is to take it into apple, but as noted, the cost will be close to a new MBP