Have you scratched your computer screen? Don’t be concerned. There are a few quick and easy DIY solutions to improve the appearance of your screen. There are a few techniques you should stay away from as well.
Magic erasers are often used to remove messes, but might they also remove scratches? Yup. In a matter of seconds, it removed minor scratches from the phone’s screen. Taylor Martin provides a tutorial for making your own magic erasers for as little as $0.10 (£0.07 or AU$0.14) per.
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Scratched screens are said to be fixed by wiping them with toothpaste (not the gel variety). In my experiments, all it did was make the screen glossy and add minor abrasion marks. I also used toothpaste on a plastic screen protector like the ones that come with OtterBox phone covers. That was a wonderful success! So screens are out, but plastic screen covers are in.
Erasers are excellent for removing scratches. I used a white rubber eraser, but any eraser that fits on the end of a pencil will do. Simply rub the scratch left and right for 60 seconds, then up and down for 60 seconds with the eraser. The eraser is softened by the friction and fills in the scratch. But don’t press down too hard!
Car waxes and headlight lens creams are meant to remove scratches from screens, so I tried Mothers PowerPlastic 4Lights headlight lotion. It considerably reduced the appearance of scratches, and I appreciated the sheen it provided on my screen.
A paste made by mixing two parts baking soda with one part water has been touted as a superb screen cleaner. Nope. It simply made the screen really gleaming. Furthermore, the moisture in the paste may cause your gadget to malfunction.
Coconut oil, according to the internet, can treat almost any condition. Surprisingly, it didn’t work well on scratches on phones. It only made the phone incredibly slippery, just like the petroleum jelly.
Corn starch powder
I was unsure about this suggestion. According to some websites, prepare a paste with corn starch and a little water, massage it on the screen with a soft cloth, and then wipe it off. It didn’t remove the scratches, but it did make the screen gleam.
This one threw me for a loop. Quite a bit. Putting sticky, greasy things on electronics is never a smart idea, but in the spirit of research, I gave it a go. As instructed, I put a small amount on and massaged it into the screen with a tissue. All it did was make the test screen greasy and sticky, just as I had expected.
Why do people believe it’s a good idea to lick their phones with food? No, pressing a banana peel on your screen isn’t going to help. I tried a few various methods, but they all resulted in a crusty mass that is difficult to remove.
For rubbing off scratches, powdered cleansers like Bar Keepers Friend, Comet, Ajax, and the like appear to be a good option. You’d assume that because they’re slightly abrasive, they’d polish your screen to a brilliant scratch-free sheen. They don’t, in fact. They can potentially damage your screen and cause fresh marks. This exam didn’t go well, to be sure.