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How to Avoid Scratching Glass Awards

Find out how and why glass scratches and how to avoid this mishap

Unfortunately, avoiding scratches on glass is easier said than done. First and foremost, it’s good to know why glass gets scratched.

The basics of glass and how it scratches

The only material or object that will scratch glass is one that is harder than glass. On the hardness scale (called the Mohs scale), glass is normally in the hardness range of 5-6. The hardest of all known natural materials are diamonds, rated as a 10 (the top of the hardness scale). This means any material with a hardness level between 6-10 will scratch glass if wiped across the surface or the glass is slid over it. This includes granite dust, silica, corundum, garnet, silicon carbide dust, aluminum oxide, sand, and about 100 more hard minerals.

How to protect glass from getting scratched

Protection from glass scratches starts with a working surface covered with either thick felt or a good quality carpet. It will help protect all flat surfaces that are used for working with glass. Any particulate, abrasive dust or glass chips can embed themselves into the felt or carpet pile and protect the glass from coming into direct contact with it.

As long as you regularly vacuum the felt or carpet surface to remove any of these particulates, you will keep glass from being scratched.

Barry Slee, CrystalEdge

Barry Slee

Barry has spent almost 30 years in the award and recognition industry. As the founder of the Slee Corporation and its CrystalEdge brand, his innovative award-winning product designs have led the industry. Barry is an expert in glass and crystal design and manufacturing, and he is a regular contributor of articles and educational content to the industry.

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