How to Fix Water in My Laptop Screen

By Mason Howard

Laptop screens are typically liquid crystal display (LCD) screens that are firmly encased in a plastic monitor frame. An unfortunate spill can cause liquid to seep in through the seams of the monitor frame and accumulate underneath the screen. In addition to being a visual distraction, this can cause spotting as well as possible damage to the internal circuitry. To clean small amounts of water in your laptop screen, you can try setting your laptop open and upside down to let the water naturally fall out and evaporate. For major water spills and other liquids, you will have to carefully take apart the display.

Things You'll Need

  • Mini Phillips screwdriver
  • Nylon pry tool
  • Cotton gloves
  • Clean, soft cloth or towel
  • LCD screen cleaning cloth
  • LCD screen cleaning spray
  • Blow dryer

Step 1

Unplug your laptop and remove the battery.

Step 2

Unscrew any screws around the frame. Not all laptop frames are screwed on, some simply snap in.

Step 3

Use your small nylon pry tool to remove the monitor frame. Put the tip of the tool under the outer edge of the frame, work your way gradually around the frame, and gently pry the frame off.

Step 4

Unscrew and pry off the plastic casings that cover the display hinge where the display meets the keyboard. This will reveal the monitor wiring.

Step 5

Unscrew and remove any screws or brackets that are holding the laptop screen.

Step 6

Line your keyboard with a clean, soft cloth. Put on the cotton gloves and pull the LCD screen down and rest it flat, face down on the keyboard.

Step 7

Use a LCD screen cleaning cloth to blot up the liquid. A LCD screen cleaning spray can also be used if necessary. A blow dryer on a low setting can also be used to evaporate the water. Be careful to not let the laptop get too hot.