Durable, attractive and practical, glass plays an important role throughout the home. The material is hardly indestructible, though, and even small scratches can mar its gleaming finish. If your windows, tabletops, shower walls or other glass accents have become scratched or dinged, you may be able to reclaim their glistening glory. Deep gouges you can feel with your fingernail are best left to a professional glazier, but for superficial scrapes, one of the three common materials and simple techniques below may be all it takes to renew your glass.
Brush up with toothpaste
Household toothpaste doesn’t just polish your teeth to perfection. It can also scrub away tiny scratches in glass. First, thoroughly clean and dry the surface. Then apply a dab of white, non-gel toothpaste (ideally a variety with baking soda) to a damp cloth that is lint-free. With a small, circular motion, rub the paste into the scratch for 30 seconds or so. Wipe away the remaining paste and look for signs of improvement. Repeat the process as many times as necessary to reduce the scratch’s appearance. Lastly, wipe up any residue with a damp cloth to bring the newly repaired glass back to its original sheen.
Nail it with nail polish
For a more targeted scratch removal solution, look again to your bathroom vanity, this time for clear nail polish. This product can diminish scratches and enhance glass without dulling or harming it. Using the polish’s brush applicator, apply a thin coating over the entire scratch. This will fill in any grooves and reduce the appearance of scratches. Allow the polish to dry for an hour or so, then wipe it off with a clean, dry cloth dipped in nail polish remover to clean away any polish remaining on the surface of the glass.
Show your mettle with metal polish
Metal polish can also pull double duty on glass. To put it to work, start by cleaning the area and wiping it dry to remove any dust or debris that might damage the surface further. Then, apply some polish to a cotton ball or clean cloth, and gently rub it over the scratch with a circular motion. Tidy up with a clean, damp cloth to remove any traces of the solution on the newly polished surface. Don’t attempt any additional applications of the metal polish as its abrasiveness may damage the glass if overused.
With these simple materials and some elbow grease, you can keep your glass surfaces looking great longer.