We feel your pain – there’s nothing more depressing than getting scratches on the screen of your bright new and expensive phone after an accidental drop or contact with your house keys. The good news is that there are plenty of safe and effective DIY remedies for this. Check them out!
Car Scratch Removal Cream
Removal creams like Swirl Remover, 3M Scratch, or their local market analogies can make scratches a thing of the past. Just apply the cream to your screen using a clean, soft cloth. Wipe in a circular motion without pressing down hard.
Stir two teaspoons of baking soda into a glass of water until a thick paste is formed. Using a soft, clean cloth, apply the paste to the screen, rubbing the scratches gently in a swirling motion. To remove excess, wipe the screen down with a clean, slightly damp cloth.
Cerium Oxide Polish
Cerium oxide polish is needed to do the trick if your iPhone has a glass screen (scratches are harder to get off of glass than plastic). You can buy it in a pre-mixed form or as a soluble powder. While the former option is clearly more convenient, the latter offers much greater value.
If you opt for the powder, you’ll need to make the mixture yourself. Pour about two and a half ounces of powder into a small container and add water until the solution thickens. Then, apply to the scratches on the screen. Using a smooth cloth, polish the screen in a circular motion. Wipe the excess polish away with the other end of the cloth every 40 seconds or so. Dab the cloth in the mix and repeat the process to get rid of the remaining scratches.
This is a good choice for very fine scratches, said to work as a temporary fix. One drop of vegetable oil on scratched surfaces is all it takes.
Another way to remove scratches is by using a mixture of baby powder and water. This creates a thick, cleansing paste that can help eliminate them from the screen. See our baking soda recipe above and use baby powder instead of soda.
Precautions and Final Tips
Before attempting any of these remedies, take your phone battery out and seal the ports with tape to keep liquids or other substances from seeping into the phone. After you’ve removed the scratches, give your phone a follow-up cleaning with a soft, clean cloth to wipe any residue away.