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Don’t Panic! Here’s Exactly How to Remove Scratches from Vintage Glass

·2 min read

From House Beautiful

Scratched glass and scuff marks shouldn't stop you from a good deal at the flea market, especially since repairing scratched glass is easier than you might think. Next time you stumble on a mid-century treasure with a scuff on its glass, take it home—you likely already have what you need to repair it. According to Andrii Gurskyi, an expert at Mr. Glazier, just two households staples are key to removing most superficial glass scratches with ease. Here's how to do it in just three easy steps.

Note: This method is for surface-level scratches and scuffs. Deep cracks should be repaired by a professional.

Materials:

  • Vinegar

  • Water

  • Non-gel toothpaste

  • Microfiber cloths

Photo credit: House Beautiful/Brad Holland
Photo credit: House Beautiful/Brad Holland

Step one:

Wipe the scratched area clean and apply a layer of non-gel toothpaste. Brands with a higher amount of abrasive (such as baking soda varieties) are best. The gentle abrasives rated for teeth are safe enough to even out the surface without risking any further damage.

Step two:

Buff toothpaste into the scratch in circular motions with a microfiber cloth for a few minutes. Once the area feels smooth, rinse excess off with water and wipe clean with another microfiber cloth. Repeat until the scratch has been buffed away.

Photo credit: House Beautiful/Brad Holland
Photo credit: House Beautiful/Brad Holland

Step three:

Mix a 1:1 ratio of distilled white vinegar and water in a bowl. Use as a glass cleaner and wipe down with a clean microfiber cloth for a streak-free finish. Avoid paper or plush cloth towels to maintain a lint-free surface.

If the surface scratches aren't superficial or have a protective glaze that is lifting, call a professional to assess the best repair method. They can glue, glaze, or re-cut glass for a complete restoration.

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