Saving your laptop from spills!
Whether you're a wedding videographer or a small production company, we all know the stress of the edit process, nothing adds to that stress more than the full destruction of your PC or Mac.
So its the New Year and youre finishing off that last bit of mulled wine from over Christmas and ooops! You accidentally spill it all over your laptop! What do you do?
Well here we explain some handy tips to take.
First things first, unplug your laptop or device you are working on immediately. Its normal to panic and go in to complete terror mode, however that wont solve the situation. Your edits important, but your device is the main thing here, so make sure you get to work right away! Safety first! Save your work if you can, switching off as soon as possible, to ensure the catastrophe will be avoided.
Analysing how severe the spill is, is a vital element in sorting this problem out, if the spill is just water then this is probably the least problematic thing compared to sticky sugary drinks like cola. The biggest danger is alcoholic drinks, so try not to drink that can of beer right near your workstation.
Removing any SD cards, USB sticks is another vital part of this process, if you have a disk lodged in that can be easily removed, try to do so. Not only does this help with the cleaning and drying of the liquid, it also eliminates any currents that can still be live. If any of these items have any residue on them, use a microfiber cloth to wipe them and put them somewhere separately.
With your microfiber cloth try to dab away as much excess liquid as possible. Take your device and turn it upside down, and giving it a little shake will do no harm! Try to lift the device in the same as the way the drink went in, so you dont spread the liquid. If you're not comfortable with taking your device completely apart, then position your laptop in a teepee shape and leave to dry for a few days.