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Not true. I have completely disassembled every last piece of, and throughly washed, scrubbed, and soaked in soapy water several of my keyboards, mice, and remote controls.
Water and keyboards do not get along.
Exactly. The trick is in making sure it really is dry.
The problem with water is it does not evaporate as quickly as we'd like it too, specially because it travels down into the depths of the circuit board where it becomes trapped for what seems like eternity.
Sadly that is true. While the water+electricity combo gets a bad, factually/scientifically incomplete/inaccurate rap—several years ago I made a video where I submerged and ran several types of electrical devices (motors, lights, etc.) in a bowl of pure water without consequence—contaminants really do cause problems. That glass of water probably had various things in it that could short some circuits, or at least leave a patina on the contacts that could later cause problems.
Keyboard circuits are very sensitive to moisture, the moisture usually leaves a residue not noticed by the naked eye, that causes white power to develop and causes the contacts to become faulty, intermittent connections.
Not bad. You could also just use a terracotta plant pot. Brown sugar has a tendency to absorb moisture and become completely ruined by turning into a gooey mess. That’s why they sell little terracotta discs that you put in a bag of brown sugar to absorb the moisture, thus keeping the sugar nice and dry and the crystals separate. Next time, you can do the same thing with your laptop: seal it in a plastic grocery bad with some terracotta. (Actually, next time you can avoid it altogether by getting one of those plastic keyboard covers, but just in case… )
A crazy idea, that actually works with cell phones, so it may work for the netbook.
Place the netbook, with the keyboard removed, in a sealed container with rice. Since rice is small and you don't want to end up with rice clogging up the innards, make a bag from porous material (nylon works well) and put the rice in it. You can also use boil-in-bag rice which can be purchased at any grocery store.
Leave it for a few days. Rice is a desiccant (a drying agent and it absorbs moisture out of the air) so it may help.
Even though the netbook will eventually dry out, water may have damaged some of the components. Only you and your daughter can decide whether it's worth the cost to replace the components or buy a new netbook.
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