How to Get Scratch Marks Off of Oven Door Windows
Unsightly scratch marks are common on oven door windows. These scratches may be caused by contact with pans and utensils or by cleaning with abrasive cleaners and scratch pads. Depending on the type of glass and the size of the scratch marks, you can remove scratches from your oven door windows in a few simple steps.
Remove the oven door from its hinges. You can try to tend to scratched windows without removing the door, but you'll save yourself time and back pain if you remove the door first. Consult your owner’s manual to determine whether you must first unscrew the door from its hinge posts before removing the door. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for oven door removal to avoid damage.
Place the oven door on a protected flat surface under bright light. Lay the door on a newspaper covered counter top or kitchen table so you can easily access the oven door window without too much stooping and bending. Make sure your work space is positioned near a working sink where you have easy access to water.
Clean the oven door. Remove all surface grease and grime using a non-abrasive cleaner and soft sponges or cloth to avoid scratching the door even more. Use a commercial grease-cutting cleaner, or a home solution such as white vinegar, lemon juice, or a baking soda and water paste and hot water. Clean the surface until you have removed all grease, and rinse with clean water.
Apply a small amount of jeweler’s rouge or similar buffing compound to the buffing pad.
Buff the scratched area of the oven door window. Use a circular motion and apply firm, even pressure to the scratched surface.
Wipe the oven door clean with a microfiber cloth to check your progress. Continue to apply additional buffing compound to the buffing pad and buff the area until you are satisfied that all scratches have been removed.
Reinstall the oven door. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for replacing the oven door.
- Always consult with your manufacturer to determine whether the oven door window is treated with a special coating. Attempting to remove scratches from coated glass may result in further damage to the oven door window.
- These instructions are meant for light to moderate oven door scratches. Deep scratches will likely require the care of an expert.
Amanda L. Webster has a Master of Science in business management and a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in professional writing. She teaches a variety of business and communication courses within the Wisconsin Technical College System and works as a writer specializing in online business communications and social media marketing.
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