How to remove screen scratches easily

15th April 2024
Jake Hopkins

Removing scratches from a smartphone screen can be straightforward and inexpensive. Here’s a condensed guide on how to do it:

1. Toothpaste

Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a cotton swab or soft cloth. Gently rub it on the scratch in a circular motion until the scratch diminishes. Wipe the screen with a slightly damp cloth to remove toothpaste residue.

2. Baking Soda

Mix two parts baking soda with one part water to create a thick paste. Apply this to the scratch using a soft cloth and rub in a circular motion. After a few minutes, wipe the screen clean.

3. Sandpaper

For deeper scratches, fine sandpaper (2000 grit or higher) can be used. Lightly sand the scratch, ensuring to apply minimal pressure to avoid further damage. Always check that the grit is suitable for screen use to prevent worsening the scratch.

4. Magic Eraser

Gently rubbing a Magic Eraser on the affected area can help reduce the appearance of the scratch. Be careful as its abrasive nature can sometimes cause more harm than good.

5. Car Scratch Removal Creams

These creams can be effective for minor scratches. Apply the cream to a soft cloth and rub it onto the scratch in a firm, circular motion. Wipe clean with a damp cloth afterward.

6. Baby Powder

A paste made from baby powder and water applied with a cloth can sometimes polish out a scratch. Use this method with caution as it can potentially make the scratch more noticeable.

7. Vegetable Oil

For very small, superficial scratches, rubbing a small amount of vegetable oil into the scratch can make it less visible. However, this is a temporary solution as the oil will eventually wear off.

8. Professional Help

If DIY methods fail, professional screen repair services are recommended, especially for deep or numerous scratches.

These methods can save you from the costs of a screen replacement, but they carry risks. Test any method on a small area first, and consider professional repairs for severe damage.

Jake Hopkins

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