Tips To Repair Scratched Windows
I’ve cleaned a lot of windows in the last 20+ years, and there is nothing quite so satisfying as looking at the great outdoors through sparkling clean windows, unless….the window is marred by scratches. Yes, the window is still clean, and it’s still functional, but it’s pretty irritating for most homeowners. If the window was cracked, you would have a glass company come replace it, but since it’s only scratched, is there anything you can do to repair it?
Luckily there are a few methods that you can try. But before you do, you need to check the scratch first, to see if it’s too deep to fix yourself. You can check by running your fingernail over it, and if the fingernail catches on the scratch, then you will need to call a glass repair company to try and repair it. They have special techniques and equipment they can use to minimize or remove the scratch.
But if the scratch is superficial…
You can try one of these window repair methods:
Begin the repair by cleaning and drying thoroughly the surface of the window, making sure you use a soft cloth in order not to scratch it any further.
- Method 1: Using a metal polish and a soft cloth, gently apply a small amount of the cleaner to the scratch. If applied correctly, not too much polish or excessive rubbing, the scratch should become less visible or even disappear, depending on how deep it is.
- Method 2: Make a paste, using equal parts, of water, baking soda and white toothpaste. Once again, use a soft, damp cloth to apply the paste to the scratch in a circular motion…try to keep the paste from getting on the window as much as possible. Then, using another soft cloth, wash the window. This process may take a few attempts before you get the results you’re after.
- Method 3: As before, clean and dry the scratched area of the window. Using clear fingernail polish and the the brush from the polish bottle, apply a light layer of the polish over the scratch…just enough to cover the damage. If you get excess polish on the surrounding glass, carefully remove it from the window using a cotton swab.
I have been cleaning windows in the Seattle area for 30 years, and quite frankly, I enjoy it! I will be happy to answer all of your questions, and I know the mistakes to avoid. I clean private homes or apartment complexes.