|mmm opening up a laptop needs to be approached carefully; especially when dealing with the keyboard assembly...|
Likely the stuff you spilled into the laptop is of an oil based nature... and that will have "clotted" or coagulated to some degree. It will be pain to remove... but can be done; and yes the keyboard assembly may well need to be accessed/removed in order to do it.
If it's just one or two keys that appear to be a problem - and you seem to imply that is the case - you may be able to remove the individual key caps and clean out some (hopefully most/all) of the guck that is around each of those particular keys?
Isopropyl alchohol may may be decent and safe solvent. Apply with a Q-tip (ensure the tip is not shedding fibres); and/or a small paint brush (think of an artist's water colour or oil paint brush) - possibly use both Q-tip and paint brush.
Some of the oil may have penetrate deeper into the system innards; but I'm not inclined to think that at this juncture. My own experience with users spilling liquids into a keyboard (tea/coffee/water etc. - and it happens way too often in broadcasting environments...) is that generally it only gets into the immediate area around the keys... Each key is usually in its own mini well as it were... which to some extent limits to the chances of liquids getting further into the innards; and if the liquid is of more viscous/thicker than water etc. by nature, then likely it will be even less inclined to get there?
You have nothing to lose if you feel up to removing the indivudual key caps and cleaning out as above?
Ensure there is absolutely "no power" of any sort going into the laptop; mains or battery. Remove both completely and wait a minute or two before proceeding with cleaning efforts.
What make and model laptop is this?
And of course... in future keep all such liquids - in fact any liquid - well clear of any keyboard and computer in general... And maybe even use this experience as a good time to start cutting down on e-cigarrettes etc. if that is what was actually happening at the time of the spilage? Besides the health benefits, think of the cash you'll save - for other more useful "toys etc..."?
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