If you wear prescription glasses or you happen to own a couple pairs of sunglasses and you’ve ever gotten a scratch on one of the lenses, you know just how annoying that can be. You probably also know how potentially frustrating it is to try and remove the scratch so that you can avoid buying a new pair.
When you end up with a scratch on one of your glass windows, it can be even more irritating. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to remove the scratches so that you don’t end up having to replace one of your window panes every time that you happen to notice a scratch.
If you’d like some tips on how to get rid of both small and large scratches, please keep reading.
For Small Scratches
If the scratches that you have on your windows are relatively small ones, there are a couple of things that you can try. One method that may surprise you is applying toothpaste to the scratches. A clear whitening brand is ideal. Simply apply a dab of it to a polishing cloth and rub it directly onto the scratch. Then remove the toothpaste with a clean, damp cloth. You should notice some improvement within moments.
Another approach is to create a solution that’s made up of three cups of water and 1½ ounces of ammonia. With a soft cleaning cloth, dip it into the solution and gently rub it over the scratch. Then wipe the surface clean. You will probably need to do this a few times before the scratches go away, but it’s also a pretty reliable remedy.
For Large Scratches
Say that you recently went to a place like Imaging Sciences to purchase a couple of decorative glass windows and you accidentally scratched one of them. One thing that you might want to try is putting some jeweler’s rouge onto a lamb’s wool buffing pad. Then, in a circular motion, move the product gently over the scratch. Once you notice that the scratch has started to fade, rinse your window with a mixture of one-part water and one-part ammonia. That will help to easily remove any remaining jeweler’s rouge.
One other method to consider is going to a furniture or hardware store and asking a customer service associate for their recommendation of a product that helps to remove scratches from windows. One that they might recommend is glass etching cream. Whatever it is that you decide you use, just make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly. Also take note that there’s a pretty good chance that you will need to have a drill handy in order to attach the sandpaper disk that sometimes comes with the product. Just make sure that you use the drill at its lowest setting and that you pay close attention to insure that you’re only applying enough pressure to remove the scratch.
Hopefully, this has provided you with some helpful ways to get scratches from glass. If you want to protect your window panes from getting scratches in the first place, you might want to invest in some anti-scratch protective film. You can read more about them by going to your favorite search engine and putting “anti-scratch protective film” in the search field.