For most individuals, a wallet and a smartphone are probably two of their most prized possessions. You don’t often see anyone leaving their home without either of them. However, both wallets and smartphones are subject to wear and tear, more so than any other physical possession out there.
Thankfully, with the right care and consideration, you can enhance the longevity of your cherished belongings. Here are some simple, yet effective tips to care for your smartphone and wallet that you can follow to keep them looking new for a long time.
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Tips to Care for Your Wallet
Properly maintaining your wallet can not only enhance the way it looks but can also improve its integrity and durability. Here’s what you need to do.
● Keep Away from Sunlight
Irrespective of whether you have a fabric or a leather wallet, always make sure that you keep it away from direct sunlight. The ultraviolet (UV) rays and heat from sunlight will dry the moisture from the material and cause it to fray and crack easily. If you want your wallet to last longer, remember to store it in a cool and dry place.
● Clean Regularly
Over time, wallets tend to accumulate dust, dirt and grime, which can make them appear dull and lifeless. A task as simple as cleaning your wallet regularly with a soft, yet slightly damp cloth can do wonders to its looks. If you have a leather wallet, consider using a leather cleaner solution to get rid of grime. But be careful not to use any chemicals, excessive water or abrasives as they can damage the material permanently.
● Refrain from Overstuffing
One of the major causes of wallet damage is overstuffing. Keeping coins and other metal objects for extended periods can scratch or tear the linings. To prevent this, check your wallet periodically and remove unwanted items, receipts and business cards. Lightening your wallet should ensure its longevity.
● Protect from Moisture
Moisture and water are two things that can irreparably damage your wallet irrespective of whether it is made of leather or fabric. Therefore, you should always make sure to keep your wallet dry and away from moisture. If you find that your wallet has been exposed to either water or moisture, dry it immediately using a cloth or tissue before you start using it again.
Tips to Care for Your Smartphone
Similar to a wallet, your smartphone also deserves to be cared for considering that it is one of the most used physical possessions. However, unlike wallet maintenance, maintaining your smartphone is a different ballgame. Here are some tips that you can follow.
● Use a Screen Protector
Although most smartphones these days are offered with toughened glass displays, they may still be prone to scratches and cracks if you drop them. Here’s where investing in a screen protector can help. Display protectors made from tempered glass, especially the ones that cover the entire screen, can prevent your display from getting damaged due to drops; and they’re very cost-effective and easy to replace.
● Use a Case
Protecting your phone with a case is another good way to care for it. It not only protects your phone from nicks and dents but also prevents the back panel and the camera unit from getting scratched. There are many different types of phone cases ranging from the cost-effective TPU (silicone) case to a hard-shell case.
● Clean Ports and Openings
The various openings and ports of your phone can gather dust, dirt and grime. When left as it is, this can cause irreparable damage. This is precisely why it is crucial to clean them from time to time. If you feel that you’re not well equipped to clean your smartphone properly, don’t hesitate to take it to a professional.
● Avoid Water Exposure
Preventing water exposure is not only an integral part of safeguarding your wallet, but is also an important aspect to ensure the longevity of your smartphone. And just because most phones are being offered with IPX dust and water protection doesn’t mean they’re impervious to water damage. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep your phone away from water and moisture.
Protect Your Wallet and Smartphone With Insurance
Diligent care for your wallet and smartphone can improve their longevity and keep them in good condition for years to come. However, despite your best efforts, you may still end up damaging them or worse, losing them.
Considering that your wallet doesn’t just contain cash but also your documentary evidence, debit cards and credit cards, losing them can prove to be costly. You may end up becoming a victim of unauthorised card use. Here’s where the CPP wallet care plan can help.
Available on Bajaj Finserv, this plan for your wallet is a pocket insurance plan that provides coverage of up to ₹2 Lakhs against card fraud, losses due to phishing and PIN-based frauds for just a nominal fee of just ₹699 per year. In addition to this, you also get emergency travel and hotel assistance worth ₹50,000 for domestic destinations and ₹1 Lakh for international destinations. Other plans like our key insurance cover also offer instant card-blocking services in case you lose your wallet.
Similarly, your smartphone is no less important than your wallet. Replacing a lost phone or even a damaged component like the display can drain your finances quickly. Having a pocket insurance plan during such incidents can be a lifesaver. The Mobile Protect Plan is an insurance plan for your smartphone starting at just ₹1,212 per annum. What’s more, the plan offers 100% comprehensive coverage against accidental and liquid damage to your phone’s display.
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