5 Useful Tips for Keeping Your Gadgets Scratch Free

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It's inevitable. Even after finding that right protective case and taking all precautions, eventually your phone or gadgets will be scratched or scuffed, and you may be left feeling like Mr. Jolie. Maybe you dropped your phone, or had it in a purse or pocket with keys and coins, and you’ve now got an ugly blemish. Fortunately you don’t need toss it across the parking lot, or even rush out to immediately buy an expensive replacement. You may have more than one item in your home that can be used as an excellent source for removing scratches from screens, or other smooth surfaces.

Try one of these useful tips for making it like new again!

Important Note: Before you begin, be sure to turn the power off and cover all the ports with tape to prevent damage from liquids in the cleaning solution. If possible, remove the battery.

1. Toothpaste

You may not have to go further than your washroom to find the best solution for scratches. Toothpaste has proven to be quite a useful resource for removing scratches and scuffs. First, grab a cotton swab or clean cotton cloth and dab a small amount of toothpaste onto it. Use a circular motion to gently rub the toothpaste onto the surface until the scratch fades away. Finally, wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove any remaining toothpaste.

2. Wax On – Wax Off

If you don’t find the solution in your washroom, you may try the garage next. Car scratch removal creams such as Turtle Wax or 3M Scratch Remover can also get rid of some scratches. Like with the toothpaste, apply the wax or cream to a soft clean cloth and wipe the surface gently in circular motion.

3. Baking Soda

Mix two parts baking soda to one part water in a bowl, then stir into a thick paste. Apply the paste to a clean soft cloth and rub in a swirly motion over the scratches. Finally, wipe off any excess with a clean damp cloth.

4. Baby Powder

Combining water with baby powder can create a paste that can remove scratches from your screen. Use the same steps as baking soda.

5. Vegetable Oil

For those very fine or hidden scratches, some people have found that one drop of vegetable oil on top of the scratch can provide instant cosmetic improvement.

As with any home remedy, the results are not always 100%. But hopefully these tips can help you keep your gadget or phone in good shape. If you’ve got any other great home remedies for removing scratches or for anything else at all, feel free to leave your advice in the comments section below!