How to Remove Scratches from Glass

Five Methods:Treating Very Small Scratches in GlassDealing with Larger Glass ScratchesRemoving Scratches from Glass CooktopsRemoving Scratches from Spectacles or EyeglassesKnowing When to Seek Professional Help

It may be possible to remove very light scratches from glass objects in your home using one of the techniques outlined below. While various methods are suggested here for light scratches, for deeper scratches or scratches of a more difficult nature, it's recommended that you speak with a professional glazier who deals with the specific type of glass repair you're after.

Method 1
Treating Very Small Scratches in Glass

If the scratch is very small and minor, try one of the following techniques on such items as glass objects, glass tables, glass shower alcoves, etc. These commonly suggested solutions might work but there are no guarantees!

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    Try toothpaste. This method may work on really tiny scratches but don't place too much faith in it for scratches that are really obvious or deep!
    • Squeeze a small dot of toothpaste onto a clean polishing cloth. Use clear whitening toothpaste for best results.
    • Rub over the scratch.
    • Repeat as needed.
    • Wipe off the toothpaste that remains using a clean, damp cloth.
    • Check to see if the scratch has improved.
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    Try an ammonia solution.
    • Combine 3 cups/ 1/2 a liter of water with 1/2 ounce/ 15ml ammonia.
    • Dip a soft cleaning cloth into the solution to dampen it.
    • Rub the cloth over the scratch using a circular motion.
    • Wipe clean. Repeat as needed until the scratch appears better.

Method 2
Dealing with Larger Glass Scratches

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    Look for a proprietary product that deals with fixing glass scratches. These can be found in furniture or hardware stores. Ask the retailer for a professional glass repair kit, and explain what the glass scratch is on, how thick the glass is and whether the glass is etched, plain, colored, etc.
    • Follow the instructions detailed on the kit. In general, you'll be asked to attach the sanding disk in the kit to a drill.
    • Use the drill at its lowest setting and apply the disk to the scratch surface.
    • Run the disk until the scratch improves.
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    Use jeweler's rouge with a buffing pad.[1]
    • Place some jeweler's rouge onto a lambswool buffing pad.
    • Apply using a circular motion over the scratch in the glass.
    • Repeat until the scratch appears minimized.
    • Rinse with a mixture of ammonia and water (2 ounces/60ml of ammonia to 2 quarts/1.9 liters of water); dampen a clean sponge with this solution and rub off the jeweler's rouge.

Method 3
Removing Scratches from Glass Cooktops

Cooktop scratches can often be removed with either baking soda and water or by using a cleaning or metal polishing cream.

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    Let the cooktop cool down completely before you attempt to remove scratches. Applying baking soda paste or cleaning creams to the cooktop surface while it is hot may cause injuries.
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    Use baking soda.
    • Mix baking soda and water together to make a paste with loose consistency. The paste should have a consistency of pudding and contain a loose, liquid form. You may want to stir the paste with a spoon to make sure there are no large clumps of baking soda. If the baking soda mixture is too dry or abrasive, it may cause additional scratching on the cooktop.
    • Use a soft cloth to apply the baking soda paste mixture to the scratches. Rub the cloth in gentle, circular motions over the scratches.
    • Use the cloth to remove any excess baking soda paste from the cooktop after the treatment.
    • Use a fresh, clean cloth to buff your cooktop until it is completely dry.
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    Use a cleaning or metal polishing cream.
    • Apply a small amount of cleaning or metal polishing cream to a soft, dry cloth or cotton ball.
    • Select a small area of your cooktop that contains scratches for testing. This procedure will test the cleaning cream for its effectiveness in removing scratches and for its abrasiveness. You can use a metal polishing cream or a ceramic cooktop cleaning cream from any retail store; however, you may want to consult with the manufacturer of your glass cooktop for cleaning cream product recommendations.
    • Use small, gentle, circular motions to rub the cotton ball or soft cloth over the scratches.
    • Use a damp, clean cloth to remove any excess cleaning cream from the cooktop.
    • Examine the cooktop to see if the scratches have disappeared from the test area.
    • Proceed to use the cleaning cream on all the other scratches on the cooktop.
    • Repeat the steps you took to apply the cream to the test spot, rubbing the cream with gentle, circular motions over the affected areas.
    • If scratches still remain on your cooktop after treatment, you may want to apply the cleaning cream to a gentle scrubbing pad instead of a cotton ball or soft cloth.
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    Seek further help. For serious scratches that won't repair, talk to the relevant retailer or manufacturer for specific advice.

Method 4
Removing Scratches from Spectacles or Eyeglasses

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    See your local optician. This type of glass is very specialized. Applying anything to it may end up costing you more money than seeing the specialist repairer.

Method 5
Knowing When to Seek Professional Help

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    Be prepared to get the item professionally repaired. While the above remedies may work for your glass scratch, there are some signs that it's best to seek professional help. Some of these signs include:
    • You've tried some of the suggested solutions above and it either hasn't worked or it has made things worse.
    • The scratch is deep and large from the very start.
    • You're concerned that the scratch is more than a scratch and may actually be a crack, fracture or other form of break.
    • The glass item is very valuable, very old or very fragile.
    • The glass has to bear weight or is integral to a structure; that scratch may signal something more worrying, so put safety first and have an expert assess it.
    • When you're simply unsure about proceeding with any DIY approach.


  • In some cases it may be helpful to have someone else hold the glass object for you as you attempt to repair it, to lessen the chances of dropping or breakage.
  • Glass that has been coated or has a film applied to it cannot be repaired by DIY methods; all that you will do is remove the film or coating. It may also be very difficult to get professionally repaired unless the glazier is familiar with how to restore the coating. In this case, it may be best to confer directly with the manufacturer.


  • Do not continuously scrub over any scratch spots on the cooktop that won't disappear because doing so may cause further damage or create dull spots.
  • Ask for a second opinion if a glazier tells you that scratched glass cannot be repaired, especially if they insist on replacing the glass with completely new glass.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • Ammonia
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Professional glass scratch repair kit
  • Contact details for professional glass repairer

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