Glass furniture instantly gives any living space a cool, contemporary look. But unfortunately, those beautiful glass dining tables and coffee tables can be prone to scratches, which will really take the sheen off all that sophistication.
The good news? It is possible to fix a scratched glass table. Whether your scratch is light or deep. So, here’s how to keep your sleek table tops (and other surfaces) looking like new…
How to remove light scratches from glass
Got a few superficial scratches? Run your fingernail over the area; if you can’t feel the groove, then you can probably buff it out with some common household products. Here’s how…
1. Clean the surface using glass or window cleaner (you could even use vinegar or lemon juice and a newspaper), then wipe with kitchen roll.
2. Gently rub in a metal polish like Brasso (or try a whitening, non-gel toothpaste), using small circular motions with a soft cloth.
3. Polish to a shine with a clean, soft cloth.
You may need to have several goes to remove the scratch, so try again if you don’t get the desired result first time.
Top tip: Glass looking ‘foggy’ where you’ve tried to buff out the scratch? Rub the area with nail polish remover to restore shine.
How to remove deep scratches from glass
Scratch still visible? It’s time to use something a little more specialised…
1. Try paste wax furniture polish. Apply a thin layer to fill shallow scratches and reflect the light. Leave to dry, then buff with a clean cloth.
2. Buff out a scratch using a special polishing compound like Jeweller’s Rouge (cerium oxide). Just remember, you’ll either need plenty of elbow grease, or a polishing pad attachment from a household drill to make this one work.
3. Invest in a dedicated scratch repair kit designed for repairing car windscreens.
Can I stop small glass scratches getting bigger?
If scratches are deep enough to feel with your fingertip, the surface will never be quite as good as new. But you can still try specialist glass repair systems like Trizact, which uses buffing discs to smooth the surface.
Scratches just too deep to DIY? If you’ve tried everything and you really want to restore the piece to its former glory, it’s time to call in the professionals to work their magic, or buy a new glass table top.
How do I prevent glass scratches in the first place?
Of course, the easiest way to keep your glass furniture looking great is to protect it from scratches! Here’s how to stop them before they’ve even begun…
Understandably, you probably won’t want to hide your glass top under a table cloth – but a table runner can be an attractive addition to your look, and it’ll help protect that gleaming surface. To avoid crockery clattering on the glass surface, use felt, or cork-bottomed coasters and placemats.
Console, side, or coffee tables
Decorative pieces, which are displayed on a glass table top can cause scratches. So, stick subtle surface-protecting rubber pads to the bottom of your favourite vases and sculptures to make sure that they don’t leave their mark.
Want to keep your leather furniture looking it’s best? Check out our care guide.
Please note, we recommend customers use our furniture care kits or purchase ‘Care and Protection’ at point of purchase. These tips have not been tested by Harveys on any of our furniture, therefore we cannot be held responsible for any damage that occurs as a result. We recommend that all tips are tested on a small patch of furniture first.