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Beer Spill? How To Rescue Your Gear

Do Not Fear! We list the best practices for the sticky mess, and how to get your kit operating again...

10/12/20232 min read

Cut The Power! Now!

It's every DJ's worst nightmare - the sudden pint of beer lands on your CDJ, a big wave of sugary mess bounces on to your DJM and splashes your Technics 1210 on the end of the table.. Panic sets in as you see your DJ kit lathered in liquid, but don't worry; there's a tried-and-true method to rescue your equipment and get back to spinning tunes. Here's what to do if you find yourself in this sticky situation:

Act Swiftly, But Keep Calm:

The first rule of thumb is to act quickly, but don't let panic take over. In the heat of the moment, the urge to rush is natural, but it's essential to approach the situation methodically.

Turn it Off and Unplug:

The instant you notice the spill, power down your DJ kit and unplug it from any electrical source. This step is crucial to avoid short circuits and further damage.

Open It Up:

If you're comfortable with electronics and have some experience, carefully open up the equipment. If not, drop us a message or follow the equipment's user manual for guidance on disassembly.

Rinse Off the Drink:

Here's where things get interesting - take your gear to the shower! But remember to do so carefully. Use a gentle stream of water, preferably lukewarm or cool, and thoroughly rinse the affected parts to remove any sugary or sticky residue left behind by the spilled drink. Make sure all components are cleaned, including internal parts and connectors.

Dry It Out:

After the rinse, it's time to dry out your gear. If you have access to a compressed air source, a quick way to lift any subborn water is to give the inside a good blast. Find a warm and dry place, but resist the temptation to place it directly on a radiator or in front of a fan heater, as excessive heat can melt sensitive components.

Allow your equipment to air dry for several days. The key is patience - don't rush the process. Give it time to ensure all the moisture is completely gone. Even if it looks dry on the surface, internal components may still be damp.

Test and Reassemble:

After a few days, cautiously test your equipment by plugging it into a power source. Ensure that it's fully dried out before powering it on, as residual moisture can cause further damage.

If everything is functioning correctly, you're in luck! Reassemble your gear and make a mental note to invest in some extra protective measures, like equipment covers or elevated stands to avoid future accidents.

Seek Our Help if Necessary:

If you're not comfortable with disassembling and reassembling your equipment, or if you have any doubts about its functionality after drying, don't hesitate to contact us for help. We can assess the extent of the damage and perform the necessary repairs.

Remember, accidents happen, but the right response can save your equipment from disaster. So, next time you find yourself in a sticky situation with a spilled drink, take a deep breath, follow these steps, and trust the process - because it works! With patience and careful handling, you can get your DJ gear back in action and keep the music flowing.

beer splashing around
beer splashing around

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