How to get scratches out of glass table tops

Many people have glass tables in their lounge or dining area, as they make attractive, modern additions to many households. However, glass-topped tables can become scratched without due care and attention. Scratches can be caused by anything from throwing your car keys onto the table to placing a cup on the table without a coaster. Luckily, there are effective remedies for improving the appearance of cracks in your table.

Line a nail polish brush with a thin layer of nail polish and carefully apply the liquid along the length of the scratch. Leave the polish to dry for a few minutes. If there are any smudges on the edge of the crack, wipe away using nail polish remover.

Apply jeweller's rouge to a soft buffing cloth and rub gently around the scratch. Jeweller's rouge is an organic compound that is effective at improving the appearance of cracks and scratches. Use a circular motion when applying and ensure the cloth is clean before use. Jeweller's rouge can be bought from arts and crafts stores and jewellery shops. Whitening toothpaste can be used in the same way if you can't obtain jeweller's rouge.

Mix 14.2gr. of ammonia with 2 cups of warm water. Buffer the scratch using a soft clean cloth and the place the mixture into a spray bottle and apply to the scratch. Wipe the area clean with a lint-free cloth, to ensure there is no further damage. Ammonia can be dangerous and produces unpleasant fumes so wear gloves and safety goggles during the procedure. Never mix ammonia with any other chemical.

Contact a glass repair specialist if the scratch appears too deep and fails to respond to the above treatments. In serious cases, the glass top on your table may need to be replaced.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish
  • Jeweller's rouge or white toothpaste
  • 14.2gr. of ammonia
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
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