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October 01, 2014

Scratched screen? Try these quick fixes

As hard as we might try to keep our screens pristine, over time nearly every smartphone picks up a scratch or two. However, there are a couple of things you may want to try before you send it off for an expensive repair. Before attempting any of these, it’s best to turn the phone off and protect any holes, ports and buttons with sticky tape.

Toothpaste
That’s right, ordinary toothpaste (make sure it’s paste, not gel!) Dab a little bit on a soft cloth and rub it into the scratches in a gentle circular motion, before wiping it down with a slightly damp cloth. You can also try the same thing with a paste made of two parts baking soda to one part water.

Car wax
The same stuff that gets scratches out of your car could do the same for your phone’s screen. Don’t use polish, which can damage touchscreens on some phones, but something like Turtle Wax or 3M can cover up small scratches effectively.