How Do I Fix Scratches On My Laptop Screen?

If you’ve been using your laptop for a while now, you might have noticed small scratches on its screen. (Heck, some of these scratches might be your own doing!) Well, scratches on laptop screens do not look nice, they make the screen look worn and, if you can really notice them, they can detract from your viewing experience.

Now, you may be wondering if you can fix this, if so, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I am going to explain how you can remove scratches from a laptop screen with a few simple tips and tricks. Enjoy!

7 Tips and Tricks to Fix Scratches on a Laptop Screen

1. Pencil Eraser

Erasers are among the most frequent and simple fixes. The fact that it’s something you might have around the house is an added bonus. 

All you have to do is rub the scratch marks with a smooth rubbery pencil eraser. (Smooth is the operative word here. You don’t want to use a rough eraser; you’ll just create more scratches). Not only will the eraser remove light scratch marks, but it will also remove stubborn bits of trapped dirt.

2. Rubbing Alcohol

If you have a filthy screen with a lot of small scratches on it, you will need:

  1. A clean, soft cloth
  2. A few cotton balls
  3. Solution of 90% isopropyl alcohol (also known as rubbing alcohol)

Next, follow these steps:

  1. Spray the cleaning alcohol on the screen. Make sure you don’t get the alcohol anywhere else (especially not inside your laptop).
  2. Use the clean, soft cloth to wipe off the alcohol.
  3. For particularly stubborn scratches, use the cotton balls. (Rub them over the scratches a few times).

3. Abrasive Toothpaste

Many controversial vlogs are going on about toothpaste being a “flop” trick for removing scratches. In my experience, it does work, but only for micro-scratches. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Clean the laptop screen with a soft cloth or soft brush (remember, soft, not abrasive).
  2. In order for this to work, you must use abrasive toothpaste. Choose a toothpaste that has polishing components, that has a sort of grit to it.
  3. Spread the toothpaste on the screen, massage it in a circular motion as if you were polishing something. When you’re done, use a clean cloth to wipe off the toothpaste.
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4. Petroleum Jelly/Vaseline

This is yet another neat trick that can be used to mask scratches. (Note: Any petroleum jelly-based paste, such as Vaseline, will do). However, it will only work on laptops that have a matte plastic screen.

Therefore, if your screen is glossy, this trick won’t work for you. In any case, here’s how you use petroleum jelly to remove scratches from your (matte) laptop screen:

  1. Gently wipe your screen with a soft cloth made of cotton or microfiber.
  2. Get a cotton ball or swab and dip it into the petroleum jelly. If you don’t have any on hand, just use a fingertip.
  3. Now, rub the cotton ball on the scratch. If you need to apply more jelly to a scratch, do so, no need to be shy! 
  4. Now, leave the screen alone for a while. (Let the petroleum jelly work its magic!)
  5. After some time has passed you can clean the screen but be sure not to press hard on it when wiping.
  6. The scratches should have disappeared. If you still see them, simply repeat the process.

5. The Good Ol’ Banana and Soda Paste Trick

I personally never used this trick, but it was known to remove scratches from CDs, so who knows, it could do wonders for your laptop screen. Here’s what you do:

  1. Find yourself a nice, ripe banana, place it in a bowl and mash it up!
  2. Next, mix in enough baking soda to form a paste.
  3. Give your laptop screen a good rub with the mixture. You can use a soft cloth or your fingers.
  4. Clean up the mess you just made on your laptop screen.
  5. To avoid stickiness, clean your screen again in the usual way.

6. Automobile Windscreen Polish/Plastic Polish

Unlike the former methods, this one might cost you a few dollars — it’s best for screens with deep scratches. Premium polishes with nano-hybrid technology will do wonders for your laptop screen, however, I should warn you that, if you’re not attentive when using this method, you might end up with a bigger scratch on your screen. Having said that, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Get a bowl and pour some polish into it. (You might want to put a towel underneath the bowl in case of spillage.)
  2. Get a soft cotton cloth and dip it into the polish.
  3. Now, rub the scratch with the cloth in a circular motion.
  4. Once you’re done, simply wipe your screen with a dry cloth and voila! No more scratches!

7. Mixture of Egg and Potassium Aluminum Sulfate

A mixture of egg and potassium aluminum sulfate has been known to be effective in removing minor scratches from laptop screens. Here’s what you’ll need to make the mixture:

  1. One egg
  2. Aluminum foil
  3. Potassium aluminum sulfate or alum (you can find this in a pharmacy or chemical store)
  4. Clean cotton cloth
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Next, follow these steps:

  1. In a pan, mix the egg and one teaspoon of alum, and heat it to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Next, dip the cotton cloth into the mixture.
  3. Now, take the cloth, wrap it in the aluminum foil and put it in an oven set to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the cloth dry completely.
  4. Once the cloth is nice and dry, carefully remove it from the oven and place in a bowl filled with cold water for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Now, wipe your screen with the cloth and you’re good to go!

Final Words

I hope you enjoyed this article and that you put some of the tricks to use. As noted, you might already have some of the things needed for removing scratches from your laptop’s screen (for example, rubbing alcohol) which makes things even easier.

Of course, the items needed vary depending on the kind of scratches your screen has. For example, if you have a matte laptop screen, go for petroleum jelly. If you have light scratches, go for toothpaste. If you have deep scratches and are ready to invest a bit, go for automobile or plastic polish. With one or more of these tricks, you will be able to make your screen look new again and enjoy a better viewing experience.

Chris Martin is a professional tech writer. He's been covering tech tutorials, hardware reviews, and more as a professional writer for over seven years now and it doesn't look like he'll be stopping anytime soon! In addition to writing about the latest gadgets on the market, he also covers topics such as how to set up your home network or troubleshoot any computer problems you may have.

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