Glass is beautiful, elegant, and timeless. Even since its invention, glass has been used for a multitude of purposes, in particular home building. While it’s quite resilient, glass is prone to scratches and stains, which can severely impact its appearance and transparency.
Let’s take a look at some practical and handy ways you can protect the glass in your home from stains and scratches, so it stays looking as good as new.
Be Careful How You Clean Glass
One of the most common ways glass surfaces can get scratched is when they are cleaned. This is particularly the case for horizontal glass surfaces, such as tabletops that naturally collect more debris, but can also apply to things like windows as well.
For cleaning glass tabletops, you’ll first want to very lightly remove any debris and abrasive substances from the surface with a soft cloth or even a duster. When polishing the surfaces, use something like a microfibre cloth to do the job, regardless of whether you’re using a commercial glass cleaning product or a homemade remedy such as vinegar and water. Materials such as paper towels tend to be more abrasive.
Add Protection To Horizontal Glass Surfaces
For glass tables, coffee tables, side tables, and glass-covered benchtops, one of the easiest and simplest ways to help prevent scratches and staining is to cover and protect key areas of the surface.
A simple example is to use coasters on a glass coffee table so that glasses and coffee mugs are never directly placed on top of the glass.
The same idea can be applied to any form of horizontal glass surface. Even if you’re placing a vase of flowers on a glass-top hallway table, always put something under the vase to prevent scratches and stains from occurring.
For glass top dining tables, always cover with a tablecloth before serving meals.
Glass Doesn’t Mix With Children and Pets
Young kids and pets can be common culprits when it comes to glass surfaces getting scratched. Children playing with toys on bare glass surfaces can easily lead to marks, scuffs and scratches. Likewise, if a dog or cat climbs up onto a glass top table, its claws will invariably scratch the surface.
If you have children and/or pets, you’ll need to keep a close eye on them around any glass surfaces, so you can protect the glass and also avoid accidents.
Keep Furniture Clear of Vertical Glass Surfaces
While windows set up off the floor are generally fine, if you have windows that go right down to floor level or glass partitions on balustrades, you’ll want to keep furniture items well away from the glass.
This way, you can avoid the glass being scratched and scuffed up if someone accidentally bumps into a piece of furniture. There is also far less chance of breakage as well.
Tips To Repair Scratches On Glass
But as we all know, you can try your hardest to protect glass but life happens and sometimes things are out of our control. So when the time comes that you need glass scratch removal and glass scratch repair, you should contact a professional glass restoration services company.
However, there are a few things homeowners can do to perform minor repairs on glass scratches around the home. Let’s look at some quick tips:
- Applying clear nail polish can be quite effective in minimizing minor scratches on windows and tabletops. Not only does it polish up the scratched area, but the nail polish also fills in minor gouges, rendering them far less noticeable. After the polish dries, remove any excess with a soft cloth.
- The gentle application of toothpaste can also be used to reduce the appearance of scratches. As toothpaste is slightly abrasive, you’ll want to apply it gently to avoid creating more fine scratches. Using a damp cloth, gently rub it over the scratch, then rinse the area with fresh water.
- A third option is the application of baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda). Also slightly abrasive like toothpaste, baking soda, when applied gently with a soft, damp cloth, can also help reduce the appearance of scuff marks and scratches on glass surfaces.
Looking after your glass can be tricky but to keep it looking fantastic and at its absolute best, just follow the tips in this article to avoid marks and scratches.