Two Ways To Remove Or Minimize Small Scratches On Your Home’s Window Panes

Small scratches on your home's window panes can be removed completely or minimized considerably with one of the following methods. Maintaining the windows in the future will keep them looking great and help them last for many years.


  • glass cleaner
  • lint free cloths
  • ammonia
  • baking soda
  • water
  • spoon
  • bowl
  • polishing compound with cerium oxide
  • buffing pad
  • sponge
  • mild detergent

Before trying either of the scratch removal techniques, wipe the window panes off with glass cleaner and a lint free cloth. By doing so, you will be able to clearly see where the scratches are and you won't have to worry about dirt or debris being rubbed into the glass, which could cause additional damage.

Baking Soda And Water

Add equal amounts of baking soda and water to a bowl and stir them until they are the consistency of paste. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture and apply it to the scratches. Press down lightly while moving the cloth back and forth over the glass. Add more of the mixture to the cloth as needed and move it over the glass panes until the scratches are no longer visible. Rinse away the paste with a wet sponge until all traces of the paste have been removed. Dry the window panes off with a clean cloth.

Polishing Compound, Water, And Ammonia

Apply a small amount of polishing compound that contains cerium oxide to a buffing pad and apply it to the scratches. Use consistent, but light pressure as you press down on the pad. Add more compound as needed until the scratches are no longer visible. Add a cup of ammonia to a bucket of warm water and mix well.

Apply the cleaning solution to a clean cloth and wipe it over the window panes that previously had scratches on them. The solution will remove residue that was left behind by the polishing compound and will restore shine to the glass. Dry each pane off with a cloth.

Future Maintenance

Continue to keep the window panes clean on a regular basis to minimize the risk of surface damage in the future. Any foreign materials that stay on the panes for an extended amount of time can scratch the surface of each one. Mild detergent mixed with water or standard glass cleaner will work well to remove dirt and debris. Use a lint free cloth each time that you wipe the window panes off with either of these cleaning solutions so that residue is removed completely.