Glass provides a way of enjoying the outdoors whilst staying in. It gives a surface for us to work on or put our coffee mugs (or tea cups for those tea drinkers) on to rest. But there is nothing more unsightly than scratched glass. It takes away from the beauty of a clear pane and becomes quite the pain.
In many cases, you can restore your home or business glass yourself and save the unneeded expense of glass replacement. Restoring your glass, yourself can see you reap sizeable savings when compared to what many professional glass replacement companies wish to charge for their service. If the glass in question is in a difficult place to get to, or if there is more than one area that needs attention then, you might end up having to spend your holidays at home this year.
So what can you do to try to eliminate any etching? First, roll up your sleeves and mentally prepare yourself, then;
Step 1 – Denture Tablet Method
These tablets, when put in water, foam and bubble, and it is this action that causes dirt, wear, and grime to be removed from dentures. This same reaction can be used for minor surface scratches on glass.
Fill a container with hot water and drop in a denture tablet. Typically, one denture tablet is enough for one cup of water, so the more water you have the more denture tablets you will need in order for it to work. When the foaming action begins, you can apply the solution to the etched glass. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes and then begin scrubbing the area with a scrubbing brush.
Step 2 – Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the chemicals found in denture tablets as well as some brands of glass etching cream. Baking soda can remove some scratches that dentures tablets cannot which also include shallow glass etching designs.
Dip your fingers in some water and put a layer of baking soda on them. Use your fingers to scrub the area you want to work on. This is particularly great for dish detergent scratches. Allow the baking soda to dry and crust over then wash it off the glass.
Step 3 – Dry Powder cleaners (eg: Ajax)
This cleaner is very harsh so wear gloves and take care when using it. Wet the glass etching and sprinkle the cleaner on top of it. Allow it to sit on the glass for at least 30 minutes before rinsing clean.
Step 4 – Metal Polish
This solution is probably the harshest of all of them. Metal polish is meant to be used on metal, so by using it on glass, you run the risk of damaging it more than actually helping it. For this reason, it should only be used on thick glass. It is a good idea to follow the instructions on the bottle for proper usage and safety requirements when attempting to remove a glass etching.
Now what if none of these DIY tips help at all? Call Ultrashield!
Ultrashield can remove glass etching from all types of glass no matter how thin or thick or where it is located. Using an effective polishing technique, Ultrashield can remove all sorts of scratches on glass. Most window scratches etched into glass are not excessively deep and our polishing will repair your glass to an as-new standard. We can then provide glass protection options to keep your panes looking new and to ensure further scratching does not happen again.
Keep in mind that if the scratched glass is at your business place, our techniques are not silent and there is a fair amount of disruptive noise that takes place as the scratches are polished away. For this reason, it is best to arrange an after-hours appointment so we can get your glass as good as new for you without disrupting your business.
If it all seems just too hard to do the DIY on your glass – call us and we will clear your pane