In today’s hyper connected world, it is not uncommon to see cell phones and other electronic devices at the beach. All that is well and good, but what happens when your cell phone falls victim to such things as suntan lotion, saltwater and sand? Sometimes it can be salvaged. Other times, it may be too late. With that said, here are a few things that are worth considering:
Suntan Lotion Mishaps
Did you get suntan lotion onto your cell phone? If so, wipe it off immediately with a soft, lint free cloth. Depending on what your cell phone’s exterior is made of, you may be able to remove the remaining oily residue with a few electronic equipment cleaning wipes. They tend to sell online for $10 a container.
Did your cell phone get temporarily washed out to sea at high tide or dropped while surfing a gnarly wave? If so, you may want to try drying the cell phone off and placing it inside a re-sealable plastic bag filled with dry rice or silica gel overnight. Another option is investing in a Bheestie bag. You can typically purchase one online for around $20. It may help to absorb the remaining moisture.
Sand in the Cracks
Did you drop your cell phone into the sand? If so, you’ll want to be careful in how you remove the stuck on granules. They can scratch your cell phone’s screen if you are not careful. With that said, you may want to try holding the phone, button side down, and gently brushing the sand off with a soft bristle paint brush. If you hold the phone the wrong way, you could end up brushing the sand further into the phone. I have also seen people use cans of compressed air to remove sand from cell phones with moderate success. Whichever method you ultimately decide upon, be sure to use caution so as not to cause further damage.
Keep it Under Cover
You might also want to contemplate investing in a plastic cover for your cell phone. They tend to be helpful in protecting cell phones from suntan lotion, saltwater and sand. Two cell phone covers to consider are Clever Wipes and Trident’s waterproof Dry Pak. Clever Wraps tend to sell online for roughly $10. Dry Paks usually sell online for approximately $18 each and will float if dropped into water. If you are really on a tight budget, you may also want to consider placing your cell phone inside a re-sealable plastic bag. You can usually pick up a box of those for less than $5.
Disclaimer: Killeen Gonzalez enjoys the outdoors with her family. She is not an electronics expert and anyone attempting the above actions does so at their own risk. No guarantees of success should be considered expressed or implied therein.
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