Removing Scratches From a Glass Door Removing Scratches From a Glass Door

What You'll Need
Mild glass cleaner
Lint-free paper towels
Whitening toothpaste
Buffer or buffing pad (lamb's wool)
Ammonia (2 oz.)
Water (2 qts.)
Rubber gloves
Protective goggles
Face mask
Soft sponge
Extension cord (optional)

A glass door, like windows, can receive a myriad of scratches over the course of its lifetime. Scratches can occur for many reasons, such as your dog scratching at the door when you leave, moving furniture in or out, or scraping the door when bringing in the groceries. Glass door scratches not only cause a poor first impression but diminish the curb appeal and resale value of your home. A professional could charge you hundreds of dollars for several minutes of repair work, and the cost to replace the glass could be just as high. But you can remove superficial scratches yourself, and this article will explain how.

Step 1 - Clean the Glass

To properly remove scratches from a glass door, you should first give it a good cleaning. This will ensure that dirt and other small particles will not interfere with the process of removing the scratches. Use a mild glass cleaner, as harsher products can leave a residue behind that interferes with scratch removal. Let the cleaner sit on the glass surface for a minute or two then wipe off with a lint-free paper towel or rag. Allow the glass door to completely dry before continuing.

Step 2 - Fill and Treat the Scratches

The first steps to removing scratches from glass doors can be time-consuming and a little tedious. Begin by using the lamb's wool scrubbing pad and the whitening toothpaste.

Place the whitening toothpaste onto the scrubbing pad and begin rubbing it on the scratches. You can also use an electric buffer set on medium speed. Regardless of the application, always use a circular motion when you apply the toothpaste. As you do this, periodically wash away the toothpaste to check the progress of the scratch removal process.

Step 3 - Wash the Glass Door With Ammonia

For this step, it is important to maintain safety at all times. Put on the protective glasses, the face mask, and the rubber gloves. Measure out 2 oz. of ammonia in a measuring cup; then mix it with 2 quarts of water. Even though you are wearing a face mask for protection, be careful not to breathe in the ammonia fumes.

Apply the ammonia water to the soft sponge and use it to wash the glass door. Use the lint-free towel to dry the glass. Check the scratches on the glass. If they are not completely gone, they should at least be less visible to the naked eye. If there is no marked improvement, the scratches in the glass door are most likely too deep to remove without the aid of a professional glass technician. If there is a marked improvement, you can continue to repeat the previous steps until you achieve the visual results desired.

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