Water softening product could salvage frazzled phones

Nearly everybody has a tale of woe to tell regarding a phone and a body of water - whether it’s an unfortunate plunge into the loo or a full soaking in a swimming pool, we’re all familiar with the pain of a water-frazzled phone. However, one young entrepreneur is offering a solution, and the process seems to involve something we’re very familiar with here at Harvey Water Softeners: removing hardness from water.

Oliver Murphy claims he can raise any water-damaged phone from the dead using his new product, Reviveaphone. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, he said: “Most people don’t understand why phones break when they get wet. It’s not actually the water, it’s the minerals and deposits in the water which attach to the phone component.”

The 20-year-old entrepreneur has devised a patent-pending solution that uses cleaning agents to remove these deposits, and offers a money-back guarantee if it doesn’t work. Soaking a phone in the solution for seven minutes before drying for 24 hours is apparently all it takes to return a phone to life.

While we haven’t tested it ourselves, the theory behind Mr Murphy’s product is correct - if you’re lucky enough to drop your phone into soft or distilled water, you will often be able to salvage it without the need for special products. Here’s how to do it:

• If you haven’t already, turn your phone off immediately • Remove the battery and SIM card as soon as possible • Gently dry it with a soft towel • If able, use a vacuum cleaner to suck excess liquid out of the phone’s innards. Don’t use a hairdryer - this is likely to push water further in! • Submerge the phone, battery and SIM card in a bowl of uncooked rice overnight. This absorbs any remaining moisture. • After 24 hours, test the phone by turning it on. Fingers crossed!

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