Cell phones have changed our world and are in all of our hands, basically every person on earth has a cell phone. We take them with us to every event, we use them for countless tasks, and we share our stories with them. These powerful devices are now essential for us to connect with others and perform our jobs.
So what do we do when a drink or liquid is spilled on it, or it gets dropped into the caloosahatchee river (while you’re reeling in that great catch!), or worst of all the toilet? Some of us immediately think of putting it in rice. The idea here is that the rice will soak up the water and in turn dry out the phone. While rice does soak up water, it is not as effective as you would like to think.
A lot of folks say to leave it sitting in a bag of rice for a couple of days. But the rice will only absorb the water that is on the outside of the phone. Also sometimes as the rice gets wet it will turn mushy and get stuck in the crevices of your phone and charging or earphone ports. The very small pieces of rice can get stuck inside the phone and potentially damage it. Rice is not in all honesty the best cell phone repair tool.
Here are the 5 best practices and steps to follow if your phone gets wet:
- Do not turn it on. If it is still on, then turn it off.
- Gently dry the phone off with a paper towel (use the blot drying method) Do not rub it with force. You could actually push water into the buttons, ports, and speakers.
- If you have a phone case, remove it. Then dry it off a second time.
- Remove the battery.
- Wrap the phone and battery separately in dry paper towels.
At this point it is best to have a professional repair your phone so that it can be properly dried and cleaned before the water has time to corrode the cell phone’s. Rob The Phone Doctor is the top rated cell phone repair shop in Fort Myers Florida. Call Us Today!