Glass Maintenance; You Can Do it Too!

If you have a house, you probably have windows. Otherwise, you might be living in a storage container or a box. Regardless, most domiciles have something in them that’s made of glass, and that glass needs to be maintained and protected. Contrary to popular belief, worse things can happen to your glass than it being broken. Paint stains, scratches, and smudges are the bane of any classy glass owner’s existence, and we don’t have to take it anymore! Here’s a guide to what you can do to keep your glass free of imperfections.

graffiti on glassOne of the worst fates to befall your precious glass is the dreaded paint-splatted. This occurs all the time when rooms are painted and repainted, and when painting supplies are cleaned near windows. If you catch it right as it happens, you can simply wipe away any wet paint with a rag and then clean up any smears with windex and another clean rag. If you find it later, however, you may be in trouble. Dried paint is not totally unfixable, you’ll be happy to hear. There are some proven techniques that will get you back to normal.

First, you’ll need a razor blade, dish washing liquid, a bucket, cloth and some cleaning pads. Fill the bucket with warm water and some dish washing liquid and mix it until it becomes sudsy. Soak the cleaning pad in the solution and scrub the window to remove any dirt and grime from the surface. Their rinse the window. Wet it yet again with the dish washing solution and hold the razor blade at a 45 degree angle from the surface of the glass. You can use the blade to scrape the paint away so long as you move it back and forth on the glass’s surface very gently and the glass is always wet. A razor blade on a dry window is likely to leave scratches. You can also spray the razor blade with dish washing fluid if you want, and repeatedly do so to keep it wet.

When you think you might have scraped all the paint off, wipe the glass with a wet rag and check to make sure. If there’s still some paint on the glass, you just have to keep at it.

scratch glassIf your issue is that your glass is scratched (or you scratched your windows cleaning off the paint), there are procedures that you can also take part in order to get them clean again. One thing to keep in mind: if you can insert your fingernail into a scratch in the glass, it’s going to be too deep to fix. All the shallower scratches, however, you may have a chance at buffing out.

You’ll need cerium oxide, an electric buffer with a polishing pad, 2 cups of warm water, 1/2 ounce of ammonia, a spray bottle, a paper towel, a dust mask, safety goggles and rubber gloves.

Once you’re prepared, lay the glass sheet on a flat surface, apply a bit of jeweler’s rouge and toothpaste to the pad that you buffer, put on your mask and goggles, and buff the scratch at low medium speed with the electric buffer. You can try to use the polishing pad to apply the scrub by hand as well, just be sure to not apply too much pressure. Then fill the spray bottle with 2 cups of warm water and the ammonia and spray it where you buffed. Wipe it clean with a paper towel and repeat as necessary until the scratch is gone!