The convenience of laptop computers leads many of their users to multitask while plugging away at their machines. However, eating and drinking while using a computer can produce a death sentence for laptops.

The best way to prevent a spill is to avoid placing any liquids, especially open containers, near a laptop. Some companies also produce plastic covers that can be placed over the keyboard to repel any foreign substances from entering the device. New technologies include covers made with a superhydrophobic coating that is essentially waterproof.

But in the inevitable worst-case scenario, before you contact a laptop repair location, here are some steps that might save your laptop:

1) Shut down the computer and remove the battery.
Liquid will immediately start shorting out active electrical circuits, so the computer should be unplugged immediately. Taking out the battery is probably a good idea too.

2) Wipe computer and tilt it to drain.
This should take care of most of the spill. Make sure you turn the computer to different angles drain as much liquid as possible.

3) Remove other parts of the laptop.
Unless you're comfortable disassembling the laptop, only remove the mouse and other attached devices. Some may immediately think to use a hair dryer to dry the computer, but a vacuum cleaner is actually preferred. A hair dryer can plunge moisture (and dust) deeper into the laptop and it could melt internal components.

4) Give the computer time to air dry.
A full day of drying time is recommended before a user puts the laptop back together and turns it on. It should be placed in a dry location, preferably in a room with a dehumidifier.

5) If necessary, take it to a laptop repair location.
If the computer refuses to turn on, it should be taken to a Virginia laptop repair service so it can be disassembled, cleaned, and hopefully salvaged.