Alternate method to remove dust from the screen...a little long, but very effective on my SMT5600!
If you are like me, you frequently keep your mobile phone in your pants or shorts pocket. Depending on the construction of the phone, pocket lint may build up in the phone, under the keys, in the battery compartment, and worst of all on the LCD screen behind the protective, impossible to remove, clear cover. I have by accident discovered an ingenious way to clean it, just follow these simple steps:
1. place phone in pants, or shorts pocket
2. care for a child that is not feeling well
- a child young enough to be carried is ideal as will become clear
3. keep the child hydrated
- lots of pedialyte
- water, etc.
4. feed the child
- pasta (red gravy only)
- peanut butter sandwich
- use your imagination
5. ensure that the child is not feeling well and hold the child in your lap, usually that is all the child will want to do anyway
6. don't forget to make sure the child is hydrated
7. wait for it...may take 5 min. to several hours depending on the state of the child, I recommend watching TV or reading a book
8. when the child is looking green in the face and making strange noises it is best to turn the child to face you
9. at this point your instincts may drive you to head for an area that would be easier to clean, use your best judgement, think about the following:
- how much food and liquid the child recently consumed (choices made in steps 3, 4 and 6)
- is there a potential for a larger mess if the child erupts while you are walking
- sometimes it is best to remain sitting and try to use your shirt to "catch" the eruption, although depending on consistancy your shirt may only act as a filter
- I'm sure you will recognize that this was something to think about several steps ago, as you knew the child wasn't feeling well (step 2)
10. KEY POINT - you may be slack jawed at the odd noises and strange color of the child, close your mouth! It may be a violent eruption, remember step 8.
11. once the child has "relieved" itself proceed to the clean up phase
12. remove the childs clothing as it is likely splattered
13. remove your clothing as your's are likely to be coated in a special concoction that can only be made in one place - the stomach of a sick child
14. start the washing machine and add detergent. I use powdered Tide mainly because that's what my wife buys. Looking back choosing the detergent wasn't a conscious decision however Tide does seem to remove lint and leave the LCD as well as both sides of the clear protective cover streak free.
15. attempt to remove any large chunks from your's as well as the childs clothing
16. place clothes into the washing machine
17. KEY POINT - do not empty the pockets of your clothing, besides depending on the angle of the eruption the pockets may be full
18. close the washing machine lid
19. give the child a bath, you may want to take a shower as well (after step 20)
20. resume clean up duty as you likely have a chair as well as carpet and a long trail of that special concoction to clean up. If you have a young child I highly recommend purchasing a carpet cleaner. The Bissel ProHeat Steamers work really well and you can often find them on sale for the equivalent price of calling a professional carpet cleaner once. It's one of the best investments I have ever made.
21. sometime later when you are looking for your phone, call it from a different phone. When your are immediately kicked to voice mail without even the hint of a ring, you may also get a strange felling in your stomach as you recall step 1.
22. locate phone in the washing machine
23. allow phone to dry out for 24 hours or so
24. charge the phone
25. power the phone on and marvel at how clean it is!
Note the steps of turning your phone off, removing the battery, SIMM and any other additional features are not addressed but would likely be good idea prior to step 16. Removing these items after will surely speed drying. Also note you can skip a couple of the above steps, I'll let you figure out which ones. I am sure this will void your warranty, is likely to result in permenant damage to phones of lesser quality, and is unsafe if the battery is left installed (refer to the plethora of stories about damaged Lithium Ion batteries violently self destructing). If you're out of options or about to get a new phone this may be worth a try (get that new phone before you try it, or at least have an old phone on hand). If you do try this, please remove the battery first (and don't wash it!).