How to Restore Glass Tile


Glass tile has a clean and modern look, especially when the tile is well maintained. Glass tiles are available in different sizes and shapes, including larger glass blocks used as windows and wall decorations. Over time, you may notice your glass tiles have begun to look dirty and dingy. If the tiles are placed in a high traffic area, the glass may also develop scratches. With just a few items from around the house, you can repair and restore glass tile in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft damp cloth
  • 1 part hydrochloric acid
  • 4 parts water
  • Plastic bucket
  • Sponge
  • Clear nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton swabs
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Warm water
  • Run a soft cloth under the tap and squeeze out as much water as possible. Wipe the glass tiles down with the damp cloth, removing the top layer of dirt and grime from the tiles.

  • Check the tiles for any signs of remaining dirt, dust or debris. If the tiles still look dingy or dirty, mix the hydrochloric acid and water in a plastic bucket. Dip a soft sponge in the solution and wipe it across the tiles. Rinse with fresh water and dry with a soft cloth.

  • Paint clear nail polish remover across any scratches in the glass tiles. Apply a dab of clear polish to the scratch and smooth it out with the brush from the nail polish. Add additional coats of nail polish until you fill in the scratch, letting each coat dry before applying a new coat.

  • Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover and lightly swipe the swab across the glass tile. Keep using more nail polish remover to pull away any excess polish from the surface of the glass tile. The polish should be level and even with the surrounding tile.

  • Mix powdered oxygen bleach with warm water, following the instructions on the packaging. Dip the sponge in the solution and gently clean the glass tiles. Rinse with fresh water and gently dry with a soft cloth. The powdered bleach mixture gives the glass tiles a glossy shine.

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