How to Fix a Broken Glass Tabletop (Simple Guide)

October 1st, 2021

Glass tables are popular for their visual appeal and functionality. They are stylish and beautiful while providing extra protection for your furniture. Glass tabletops come in a wide range of designs, sizes, and shapes, and are efficient in making any space look larger and more open.

However, glass is fragile, prone to defects, and can shatter due to something heavy dropping on it or if the temperature changes rapidly, expanding and contracting the glass. There are a few vital steps involved in fixing a broken glass top that must be followed precisely.

It is therefore recommended to hire a leading glass company in Toronto like Academy Glass. We not only provide glass tabletops of the highest quality but also help you maintain and repair them.

But if you are interested in repairing your glass tabletop in Toronto yourself, follow these tips.

DIY Glass Table Top Repair Tips


A damaged glass tabletop can be an eyesore that ruins your home’s aesthetic. You can try to repair the damage yourself, but is that a good idea? If you have no experience handling custom glass tabletops or if the damage is severe, it is wisest to leave the repairs to the pros. However, minor scratches may be corrected using the following common household items.


Toothpaste is not only used to remove stains on teeth but is also effective for polishing scratches on glass tabletops. After cleaning the glass with a glass cleaner as well as a lint-free cloth, put toothpaste on the scratch. Then rub it gently across the affected area with a wet cloth. The scratches will slowly be removed by the toothpaste. After that, use a clean sponge or cloth to remove the toothpaste. Wipe the glass using glass cleaner and a cloth.

Jeweller’s Rouge 

Jeweller’s rouge is a compound used by jewellers to remove scratches from gold as well as silver jewellery. It may also effectively smooth out scratches on glass tabletops. Apply it on the scratch after cleaning the surface and keep on doing it until the marks completely disappear. You may have to use more rouge, depending on how severe the scratches are. The next step is to clean the glass with your usual glass cleaner.

Clear Nail Polish

If the scratches are not deep enough to require professional assistance, you can also try using clear nail polish. First, wipe away dust as well as dirt using glass cleaner and a cloth to make the polish adhere to the crack. Then, brush the clear nail polish on the scratch and use a nail polish remover to remove excess along the edge. Leave it to dry overnight. Finally, clean the tabletop with a glass cleaner and lint-free cloth.

Why Hire Professionals To Repair or Replace Glass Table Tops?

Often the severity of the damage to your glass tabletop cannot be solved using common household items. If you see even the most minute hairline crack, it is recommended to hire professional glass repairers. Don’t wait until the damage becomes bigger. Otherwise, your glass may shatter completely.

Repairing cracked glass is not simple. It can even be more expensive than replacing the entire glass tabletop. For antiques and rare items, having a professional do the repair may be the best option. This is because it would be hard to find a replacement glass that is the same as the original. For common glass tabletops, however, it might be more practical, easier, and safer to repair or replace the entire tabletop.

Which Glass Should Replace the Broken One?

Acrylic Plastic 

Acrylic plastic looks similar to glass but is more durable, lightweight, and is unlikely to fracture. It is easily available and can be cut to any dimensions. However, they are more prone to scratches and need to be covered.

Tempered Glass 

Tempered glass is another option. It is four to six times stronger than regular glass and does not break easily. Compared to regular glass, it does not shatter into large shards when broken; instead, it breaks into tiny pieces and does not form splinters, making it safer. However, it is somewhat more expensive than normal glass because of additional heat treatment processing.

Laminated Glass  

Two pieces of annealed glasses combined by a vinyl layer form laminated glass. The vinyl layer acts as a holding agent. Whenever the glass is broken, the holding property of the vinyl layer prevents it from shattering.

Annealed Glass 

The process of making annealed glass involves heating first and then cooling it gradually to relieve any internal stress. Because of this, the resultant annealed glass is softer than the tempered variety but tends to break into longer, jagged shards that can cause major injury. It is cheaper as well as more cost-effective than tempered glass.

Whether you want your glass tabletop in Toronto to be repaired or replaced, calling in experts saves time, money, and effort. They will give you an accurate evaluation of the damage, and have the skills and equipment to fix or replace it. Always allow Academy Glass to handle your glass problems. Broken glass is dangerous, especially if you don’t know how to handle it. Are you still hesitant? Read reviews to find out how satisfied our customers are with our services. Don’t hesitate to call and ask for help.