When I noticed a few chips in the windows of my home, I didn't worry too much about how it would affect anything. Instead, I mainly focused on how it made my home look, and I secretly cursed the unsightly damage. However, those small chips began to grow until there were large cracks. After having that experience, I decided to dedicate myself to spreading the word about the problems associated damaged glass. Read this blog to find out how damaged glass could affect you and your family members.
If you have a scratched tabletop, your first thought is to get replacement glass. However, you may be able to fix the scratches yourself and save on the cost of replacement. Here are three ways to fix scratches on glass tabletops.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
Inspect the damage to determine the depth of the scratch by setting your fingernail on it. If you can insert your fingernail in the scratch, you will need to have glass repair done by a professional. Otherwise, you should be able to fix shallow surface scratches.
If the tabletop glass is removable, lay it on a flat work surface to avoid breaking or distorting glass. Make a cleaning solution from a quart of water and an ounce of liquid dish washing detergent. Moisten the sponge in the solution; wipe the entire tabletop, then rinse with water.
Smooth the Scratch With Nail Polish
Dab some clear nail polish on a clean cloth, and gently rub the scratch with the cloth. Wipe excess nail polish with a clean cloth and nail polish remover, then let it dry for about an hour. Clean the glass surface again with the liquid dish detergent mixture. Reapply nail polish as needed.
The baking soda in toothpaste makes it an excellent abrasive for scratched glass. Dab a small amount of white, non-gel toothpaste on a lint-free cloth, and rub the area with the cloth in a circular motion. Alternatively, use a buffer on low to medium speed to apply toothpaste on the surface.
Remove the toothpaste from the area with a damp sponge, then clean the surface again with the sponge. If you don't see an improvement in the scratch, repeat the process.
Apply Jeweler's Rouge
Jewelers use liquid jeweler's rouge to polish jewelry, and it can cover glass scratches. Wearing safety glasses and a dust mask to protect the eyes and face, apply a small amount of jeweler's polish on a lint-free cloth, and rub the scratch with the cloth until you no longer notice it.
For bigger scratches, use the buffer on low to medium speed and wool pad. Make a cleaning solution from a half-ounce of ammonia and two cups of warm water, and fill a spray bottle with the solution, and apply it to the surface. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe it dry.
Your tabletop should look as good as new after these repairs. If you still don't see an improvement in the scratches after several attempts to remove them, or the tabletop isn't removable, consider contacting a glass repair service.