\r\nWith people using their smart phones for far more than making a phone call while on the road, the use of a phone over a standard two year contract can cause a lot of wear. \u00a0And while people spend money for protective cases for their phone, most of those don\u2019t protect against scratches. \u00a0So how does one guard against and remove scratches from their elegant iPhone and make it beautiful again? \u00a0Here\u2019s a few tips ...\r\n\r\n\r\n1. Get an anti-glare screen before it happens\r\nThe best way to avoid a scratch is to make that gorilla glass just a little bit more bullet proof. \u00a0Using a static screen protector not only will keep your phone protected from scratches and shattering, but they are also anti-glare which makes your phone far easier to read in bright ambient light. \u00a0Sadly, they aren\u2019t cheap - between $10-20 for a two-pack. \u00a0But the higher quality screens are static - meaning they don\u2019t have glue which will leave a residue on your screen and will eventually peel off as dust and grime works its way underneath.\r\n\r\nA word of advice though ... it can be very frustrating trying to properly align even a static screen protector and get it on without any bubbles. \u00a0So what I usually do is pick mine up at the Apple Store and ask them to put them on. \u00a0Sure, it\u2019s a bit more expensive, but Apple gniuses put them on all day and it takes seconds for them to do what may take you 10 minutes of stressful torment. \u00a0It\u2019s money well spent.\r\n\r\nBut what happens if you don\u2019t have a scratch proof screen and you end up with a nasty gouge?\r\n2. Avoid home remedies\r\n\r\nThe iPhone\u2019s Gorilla Glass screen is pretty scratch proof as is. \u00a0So it can take a lot of abuse. \u00a0But unprotected, scratches are bound to show up sooner or later. \u00a0The Internet is rife with tons of home remedies including tooth paste, Brasso, there\u2019s even one that suggests the inside of a banana peel can polish it. \u00a0The problem with Brasso and even gentle toothpaste is that while they can polish out the scratches, the abrasives in these will also buff off the screen\u2019s oleophobic coating, which is what guards against smudges and makes the screen really easy to wipe clean.\r\n3. Love it, leave it, or cover it up\r\n\r\nBelieve it or not, the best way to remove the scratches from your iPhone screen is to go back to suggestion number one and just put an anti-glare screen on it. \u00a0It\u2019s amazing how much a scratch will get defracted and covered up and additionally, you\u2019ll be adding a layer of protection to keep it from getting worse.\u00a0 As for the back, it's best to get a case that provides a raised lip to the front so that the screen never comes in contact with anything but the air and your ear.\u00a0 As for cases, it's hard to argue with Ballistic, which offers four layers of protection in concert with a sheer screen protector.\u00a0 Cost is around $50.\u00a0\u00a0 But rugged cases aren't necessarily pretty cases (witness the shockingly ugly Griffin Survivor, which may protect your phone, but you wouldn't be caught dead with it to your ear).\u00a0 For those who want protection, and elegance, the iSkin Revo4 is fashionable and tough for $40).\r\n\r\n4. Replace the screen\r\n\r\nThe worst case scenario? \u00a0Buy yourself a new screen and replace it. \u00a0This may seem an tedious and expensive way to get rid of scratches, but it\u2019s really the only way to make sure you don\u2019t make the screen worse. \u00a0And depending on what iPhone you have, the steps you take to replace it can be quite easy and take a few minutes or, in the case of the iPhone 4, can take nearly an hour and involve up to 35 steps. \u00a0\u00a0We\u2019ve written a how to article on replacing your screen should you go with the nuclear option. \u00a0It includes a video that will take you through the process step-by-step.\r\n5. Head to the rear\r\n\r\nAs for the rear of your iPhone, that\u2019s an entirely different story. \u00a0Brasso is a common abrasive that iPhone users employ and some even go so far as to use a polishing wheel. \u00a0But a simple application of a dab of toothpaste with a circular motion of a soft toothbrush or even a moist cloth will cover those scratches and return that back to its glossy sheen.\r\n\r\nIn the end, the old phrase \u201can ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,\u201d is your best option in keeping your screen scratch free. \u00a0By purchasing a high quality screen protector (and case), you will prevent those scratches from ever happening.