|I can't understand why so many people who have spilled liquid on a laptop try to use it again BEFORE it has been cleaned up properly. |
See response # 1 in this:
If you want to try doing that yourself, some brands have a service or maintenance manual available in the downloads for the model - e.g. HP and Compaq on the HP web site, Dell - you can often find an Acer or Sony service / maintenance manual on the web for your model or model series for free or for a small fee.
Laptop keyboards are relatively cheap to replace if cleaning it up doesn't cure your problems - other parts are often MUCH more expensive.
You can plug in an external keyboard and use it for most things if the built in keyboard won't work properly, but make sure there's no liquid or dried deposits from liquid inside the computer BEFORE you do that.