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PLG how-to guide: Removing minor scratches from glass furniture

Thursday 17th August, 2017


Discovering a few minor scratches can really take the shine off your glass furniture – both figuratively and literally!

But fear not – armed with PLG’s top tips and a little elbow grease, you can easily buff away minor scratches from your glass furniture and glass table tops to get them gleaming again.

Glass furniture is typically made from toughened glass, which is safer, stronger and more durable than standard annealed glass.

Prevention is better than cure

While toughened, or tempered, glass is more resistant to scratching than annealed glass, it is still possible to scratch even good quality toughened glass if proper care isn’t taken to protect it.

In fact, a deep scratch in a sheet of toughened glass can actually cause the entire pane of glass to shatter, so preventing scratches from happening in the first place is obviously preferable.

Try to use coasters on glass table tops where possible and avoid sliding things across the surface of your glass furniture.

It’s also important to use the right cleaning products and techniques to avoid scratches. Anything that is too abrasive can cause minor scratches, which over time could dullen the appearance of your glass furniture.

A mild, non-abrasive glass cleaner applied gently with a lint-free cloth, then buffed with another clean lint-free cloth is perfect for cleaning glass furniture and table tops. Alternatively, a soapy solution of mild washing-up liquid mixed with lukewarm water will also get your glass sparkling – just remember to thoroughly rinse it to remove any soapy residue.

Removing minor scratches from glass furniture

The first step to effectively removing minor scratches in your glass furniture is determining that the scratches are indeed minor ones.

Run your fingernail over the glass surface – if you can feel the ridge of the scratches they may require more specialised treatments. These are best left to professional glass repairers, as deep scratches in toughened glass can quickly be exacerbated and incorrect handling could even cause the glass to shatter.

If the scratches are minor, they can be quickly and easily remedied using common household products and these simple steps:

  1. Thoroughly clean the glass.

  2. Squeeze some toothpaste on to a clean cloth. Gel toothpastes won’t work as well – whitening toothpastes, particularly those with baking soda, tend to work better.

  3. Gently rub the toothpaste into the scratch for 30 to 40 seconds, in a small circular motion.

  4. Clean the toothpaste off with a clean, damp cloth, then dry with a lint-free cloth.

Repeat if necessary, but for minor scratches, this process tends to produce very good results.

If your scratched glass furniture requires more specialist treatment, or for glass table top replacements, get in touch with the glass repair specialists at Peterlee Glass. 

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