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How To Clean Scratches On Glass


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Have you ever noticed a scratch on your windows, or on a glass table? It’s frustrating, but it’s not the end of the world. There’s no need to replace that glass surface because luckily, there are ways to fix these issues. Read on for tips about how to clean scratches on glass, and how to clean dining table glass.

Removing Scratches and cleaning glass tables

Let’s start with the cheapest methods. You most likely have some of the tools you need for the job sitting around in your house already!

First, the toothpaste method. Online sources recommend that you use toothpaste to help remove scratches. It’s a mild abrasive, so it acts as super fine sandpaper. Simply take a damp cloth, put some white toothpaste on it, and press it against the scratch. Move the cloth over the scratch for around half a minute, and then clear the toothpaste away. If the scratch is still visible, repeat the process until it disappears.

Another method online sources recommend for cleaning glass table surfaces of scratches utilizes nail polish. Before you start, you’ll need to wipe down the affected area to remove any dust and dirt. Then, apply the polish to the scratch. After waiting an hour for the nail polish to dry, just clear it away by using nail polish remover and hopefully, the scratch will have disappeared.

Alternatively, we recommend you use specialist scratch remover kits, especially if the scratch is more serious. Use the directions on the product to minimize the risk of causing more damage to the glass while you work. It’s also best to wear rubber gloves to protect your hands as well. You’ll need to apply the paste to a wet cloth, and then rub over the affected area. Once you’re done, simply wipe the paste away, and you’ll be left with a scratch-free surface.

Glass Table Cleaning Hacks

When it comes to cleaning glass coffee table surfaces, scratches are far from the only problem you’ll encounter. All kinds of little stains and blemishes can mar the surface of glass. First, make sure it’s real glass. There are different methods used for cleaning plexiglass.

What to use to clean glass tables depends on the problem. First and foremost, you’ll need to have a microfiber cloth on hand to remove accumulated dust before cleaning. Then, if you have materials stuck to the glass, try removing them by using a cloth soaked in hot water. 

  1. Just like removing scratches, there are some cheap ways of cleaning tempered glass tabletops. For example, online sources recommend cleaning glass tabletop surfaces with water and vinegar might do the trick.
  2. All you need to do is to mix the liquids into a spray bottle in a 1:1 ratio, and then apply it to the surface.
  3. Once you have done this, then use the cloth you used to remove the dust from the table earlier to wipe the surface clean.
  4. If you’re not happy with the result, try increasing the proportion of vinegar in the mixture. We would recommend using a store-bought glass cleaner. 

When cleaning glass tables, always make sure to clean the underside of the glass as well as the top! The same methods above will also apply to the underside of the glass— you’ll just have to do a bit more maneuvering. These methods also work on windows. For more advice on cleaning windows, click here.

Now you know how to clean outdoor glass table surfaces, as well as removing scratches from glass. If you need more surface cleaning tips such as how to clean a ceramic hob, and more, why not join the Ask Team Clean community?

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