What to do if you spill a drink in your notebook.
First and foremost,remove ALL power sources first and most importantly, you must unplug your laptop. This may seem obvious, but many people panic and forget. If this just happened, unplug that laptop now! Also, remove the battery. Some newer notebooks removing the battery isn't such an easy option, in that case at least make sure the power is off and again unplugged. This will disconnect any source of power that might lead to electrical problems inside your laptop.
Down to business...
Open the laptop and turn it face down (keyboard and screen facing down toward the table / desk. Oh did I say leave your laptop face down? LOL.. the importance on this I can't stress enough! This alone can greatly increase the chances of saving your computer! The reasons for this are quite obvious :)
The likelihood your computer will recover depends on a variety of factors. The most important factor is the kind of liquid you spilled and the action you take right after the incident. If the liquid is water or tea "without" sugar your chances of recovery in most cases are much better. If the beverage is sugary, such as Coke or Pepsi, your chances may be greatly reduced. The reason for this is that when sugary or milky beverages dry, they leave a residue behind that will effect or cause damage to the electronics inside your computer.
As silly as it may seem, carry the laptop in to your tech the same way as to avoid any moisture from getting further down inside the laptop if it hasn't already. A technician will have a better look at it as well as get inside the laptop and dry out the unit more quickly again further reducing the risk of damage and often saving your computer.
If you find this information helpful please share.
Dan and the Microdyne Team.