How to get scratches off a laptop

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How to get scratches off a laptop
Polishing a laptop is easy and will remove most scratches. (laptop image by Jorge Figueiredo from

A scratched laptop is a little problem that can cause a lot of frustration. Most laptops have a plastic lid, which shows fingerprints and can be scratched by something as small as a zipper. Thankfully, with a little polish and a soft cloth, you can remove scratches so that it looks almost new, without harming the cover.

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Things you need

  • 1 tsp dish soap
  • 2 cups water
  • Plastic polish
  • 3 soft cloths

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  1. 1

    Mix soap and water, and dip a soft cloth in the mixture.

  2. 2

    Clean off the surface of your laptop, using small, circular motions, so that there is no dust, grease or other particles that could interfere with polishing.

  3. 3

    Dry off your computer completely, using a dry, soft cloth.

  4. 4

    Apply a small amount of plastic polish to a soft cloth, and rub it on your laptop, using small, circular motions. Keep the coat as even as possible to avoid clumping.

  5. 5

    Wait approximately five minutes, until your laptop is completely dry.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process until surface scratches and fingerprints are completely gone.

Tips and warnings

  • Because laptop lids are susceptible to scratches and fingerprints, consider purchasing a laptop skin or lid. They are lightweight, relatively inexpensive and can be personalised to suit your taste.
  • For very deep scratches, consider repainting your laptop. However, this is a complicated process that should not be done without consulting an expert.

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