A while back, I linked to an old post at The Simple Dollar with instructions on what to do if you spill liquid on your laptop computer. Am I ever glad I did! Last weekend, I went to look something up on my computer that was sitting on the kitchen table, and I realized a glass of water had gotten knocked over on my laptop. After an initial OH MY CRAP moment, I quickly shut my computer down, remembering that was the first step. I made sure the battery was not connected, unplugged the power cord, and dumped out as much water as I could. I then headed downstairs to pull that post up on Hubs's computer.
Thankfully what I spilled was actually filtered water, so I was able to skip some of the steps. I put my computer in a spare room (away from a certain inquisitive Goose) and directed a fan on it. I waited 24 hours to power it back up, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief when it booted right up. The keyboard was a little quirky for a bit and has quirked a time or two since then, but for the most part, it was hardly a blip! (Breathe another sigh of relief.)
Valerie at Frugal Family Fun Blog noted that setting the victimized computer in a bin of rice may also be helpful as the rice will absorb moisture. I'm thankful I didn't have to try as most of my rice is currently wrapped up for Christmas presents.
The moral of the story here is be super careful with stuff around your computer, and know what to do or where to find help if it happens to you! A big thanks to Trent for linking back to that post several weeks ago - I'd have never known otherwise...