Whether it's from the car keys in your pocket or an accidental drop, our phones are bound to be victims of scratches and scuffs.
But buying a brand-new replacement phone or paying an expensive visit to a professional repair shop aren't your only two solutions. Luckily, there are some quick DIY fixes that may help you remove shallow scratches from your beloved gadget.
Here are eight remedies known to rescue phones from minor scratches. Before cleaning, make sure you power down your phone, remove the battery (if you can) and seal the ports of your phone with tape to prevent liquid damage.
Just fixed a small scratch on my screen with toothpaste #win— Danielle Spellman (@_Spellman) June 25, 2014
Look no further than your bathroom to cure small marks on your phone's screen. The key is to use actual toothpaste, not a gel-based toothpaste.
Here's how this method works:
- Dab a small amount of toothpaste onto the end of a cotton swab or clean, soft cloth.
- Gently rub the cotton swab or cloth in circular motions on the screen until you see the scratch go away.
- After this, wipe your screen with a slightly dampened cloth to remove any excess toothpaste.
2. Car scratch removal creams
Car scratch removal creams such as Turtle Wax, 3M Scratch and Swirl Remover can minimize and get rid of scratches. Simply apply the cream to a clean, soft cloth and wipe your screen in a gentle, swirling motion.
3. Sandpaper or drill grinders
Dropped my phone this weekend and the sides were all chipped...sandpaper works surprisingly well to smooth out the edges #iPhoneProblems— Brett Sosnik (@BrettSoz) June 24, 2014
Grinding stubborn phone scratches with sandpaper or a small drill grinder is a drastic solution, but has the ability to remove unwanted scuffs from your phone. It’s best to use this method for smoothing out scratches on the back of your phone.
When using fine sandpaper, it's important to use the least abrasive kind and to press gently onto your phone. As you grind the phone scratches, check often to make sure there is no damage on the screen.
Note: If you aren't careful, this method can end up causing more scratches and damage.
4. Baking soda
Baking soda can serve as a handy phone scratch remover. Here's how this remedy works:
- Mix two parts baking soda and one part water in a bowl.
- Stir until it forms a thick paste.
- Apply the paste to a clean, soft cloth and gently rub in a circular motion on the phone's scratches.
- After this, wipe your screen with a fresh, slightly dampened cloth to remove any excess.
5. Baby powder
Adding water to baby powder creates a paste that can take out the scratches on your phone. In the steps above, simply substitute baby powder for baking soda.
6. Vegetable oil
For small, hidden scratches, vegetable oil is said to work well as a temporary solution. One drop of vegetable oil on top of scratches can be a quick cosmetic fix.
7. Egg and potassium aluminum sulfate
An online tutorial from Yahoo says that mixing egg whites and potassium aluminum sulfate can get rid of scratches.
For this, you'll need a microfiber cloth, an egg, aluminum foil and alum (potassium aluminum sulfate, which can be purchased at your local drugstore).
- Mix one egg white and one teaspoon of alum in a saucepan. Heat to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Soak the microfiber cloth in the egg and alum mixture.
- Put the cloth on aluminum foil, and then place it into a 300-degree oven until the cloth is completely dry.
- Take the cloth out of the oven and rinse it in cold water for 20 to 30 seconds.
- Repeat the step above three times, and then let the cloth air-dry for 48 hours.
- Now, use the cloth to remove scratches.
8. Brasso, Silvo or other polishes
A word of caution before you follow through with this method: Using polishes such as Brasso and Silvo can sometimes remove the screen coating and result in larger scratches. Try this at your own risk.
- Pour polish into a bowl. It's a good idea to put a towel underneath the bowl so it does not spill.
- Dip a soft cloth into the polish.
- Rub the cloth up and down the scratch and in circular motions.
- After this, wipe your screen with a fresh cloth to remove any excess.