1. With toothpaste
You not only clean your teeth with toothpaste, the white substance is also perfect for removing scratches!
Clean the glass well with a clean cloth and make sure that no dirt remains. Then let it dry.
Run a clean microfibre cloth (lint-free cloth) under lukewarm water and squeeze the cloth until no more moisture drips out. It is important that there is no dirt or fluff on the cloth, otherwise you will only cause more scratches.
Squeeze a dollop of toothpaste the size of your little finger onto the cloth. Please note, it is best to use white toothpaste for this, preferably containing baking soda. In any case, do not use gel toothpaste.
Place the cloth with the dollop of toothpaste on the scratch and rub the area in circular motions for 30 seconds.
View the result. Has the scratch reduced, but is still visible? Then repeat the step until the scratch is gone.
Grab a clean cloth and wet it under the tap. Squeeze out the excess water again and then wipe your glass clean. Your glass is now scratch-free and shiny again!
2. Sand with baking soda
It may sound crazy to rub a scratch with baking soda, but it still works wonders!
Again, slightly dampen a microfibre cloth with lukewarm water and clean your glass with it. Again, make sure that no dirt gets into the scratch.
In a small bowl, make a paste of equal parts of baking soda and water (you only need a tablespoon of each) and mix well so that there are no more lumps in it.
Get a clean cloth and put a little bit of the baking soda paste on it. For example, wrap the cloth around your finger and push it into the paste so that you don’t get too much on your cloth in one go.
Rub the cloth with the paste over the glass in circular movements. Do this for a maximum of 30 seconds and keep an eye on whether the scratch disappears.
Rinse the glass well or moisten a (clean) cloth with lukewarm water and rub it over the spot where the scratch was.
3. Polishing with metal polish
Metal polish is very suitable for sanding large and delicate surfaces. Consider, for example, a car windscreen, a glass table, or of course your beautiful drinking glass.
Polishes with cerium oxide work the fastest and iron (III) oxide is a more expensive polish.
First, clean the glass by again slightly dampening a clean microfibre cloth under a lukewarm tap and wiping all the dirt off the glass.
Grab a clean, dry microfiber cloth and wrap it around your finger. If you don’t have a microfiber cloth, you can also use a cotton ball. Then dip the cloth in the metal polish, but be careful to use as little as possible, otherwise you can cause even more scratches.
Place the cloth with the polish on the scratch and rub again for 30 seconds with circular motions over the spot where the scratch is. The scratch should be less visible or even disappear completely after 30 seconds. Note: leave it at this and do not apply more polish, because there is a good chance that you will damage the glass.
Dampen a clean cloth with lukewarm water and wipe the polished area to clean the glass again.
4. Remove scratches with nail polish
Yes, you can also make your scratches disappear with nail polish! Please note: you need transparent nail polish for this method. So just leave that red nail polish in the closet for a while.
Also start cleaning the glass here. Do this, for example, with glass cleaner or a damp microfibre cloth. Make sure to brush off all the dirt and let the gas dry.
Dip the brush of the nail polish jar into the nail polish and apply a thin layer of nail polish over the scratch. Make sure that you hit the glass around the scratch as little as possible. The nail polish will transfer from the brush to the scratch and remove visible flaws.
Let the polish dry for at least an hour so that it can soak into the scratch. So stay away from it until then!
Apply a small amount of nail polish remover to a clean microfiber cloth.
Wipe the scratch with the cloth to remove the nail polish residue. Voilà, your glass is scratch-free again!
Additional tips and comments
- Some tips are easier to do if someone else is holding the glass object while you are repairing it. This reduces the chance that the glass object will fall or break.
- Glass with a protective layer or film, such as some glasses, cannot be repaired with the above tips. This is because you must first remove the protective layer with a special product. In that case it is best to go to the optician.