Scratched windows are not uncommon. The elements can be unkind, and glass is not impenetrable, particularly if your windows are made of certain types of glass. However, we did want to share a few tips that can potentially alleviate some common issues with scratched windows.
Remove Scratches with Toothpaste
Toothpaste: it’s not just for drywall fixes! While it’s not a guaranteed cure, some minor glass scratches can ‘fixed’ by applying and rubbing toothpaste into the etched grooves. Wild, right?
Clean the affected area, then apply a white toothpaste (no gel, sorry!). Rub it in with circular motions – a lesson learned by Mr. Miagi. The toothpaste filament will help polish away minor scratches. Note: this is patchwork at best. Consult a professional window repair service for long-term fixes.
Polish can be used to fill small scratches, and the handy brush allows for precision application. Grab a clear nail polish and apply the liquid to the scratched area. Allow time for curing, then wipe away any excess polish. Some DIYers recommend using a metal polish with the same technique, but caution here as the metal polish can be abrasive to glass. Again, caution should be used here to avoid damage.
We don’t mean to sound overly cautious, but sparkling windows is kind of our thing and we don’t want you taking unnecessary risks that can leave lasting glass damage. The above tips are popular in the DIY community, but nothing can replace the value of having a professional repair service review your project. It’s entirely possible for cracked, not simply scuffed, glass to be salvaged. Fixing scratched or cracked glass can be a lot more affordable than a full window or glass replacement. Consider consulting with a licensed professional prior to buffing.
Once those windows are in good shape, they’ll need a fresh wash to look their best. That’s where we come in! Give Platinum Window Cleaning a call and our trained professionals will help put you in the running for “Best Windows in Nashville.”