You’re crazy about your beloved pooch and your gorgeous feline but you’re certainly not crazy about scratches on your glass doors. Here a short guide to scratch proofing.
Maintaining your glass doors’ pristine condition is a tough act especially if you have overly energetic and constantly attention-seeking pets around. Scratch proofing is easy and fast.
Here’s how you can scratch-proof your glass doors and making it pet-friendly.
Installing an anti-scratch protective film
The first step to minimizing any kind of pet-induced scratch damage is to place a protective film over top of the glass panels that will act as a shield against unrelenting scratchy paws.
Unlike tinting films, anti-scratch protective films are transparent but still do the job of safeguarding against unwanted assault from your dog or cat. Once it is marked up, the glass will remain unscathed which will also prevent its untimely weakening.
Installation is absolutely hassle-free because there is no need for adhesive tapes or screws. When the anti-scratch protective film becomes dirty due to continuous scratching, you can just re-apply a fresh roll of film.
You don’t have to worry about any unsightly or bulky layers because it is almost invisible to the naked eye. Good quality films can have as much as 20-year guarantee for interior applications and up to five years for outdoor applications.
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Training your pets proper behavior
Some dogs jump against doors to signal that they either want to go in or they want to be let out.
On the other hand, cats can obsessively ‘paw’ its smooth surface because of either of the following reasons: they can see their reflection on it and want to play with it; it is a natural and instinctive behavior similar to wild animals hunting for its prey; or, that it is simply curious about it.
While installing hurricane and shatter-proof glass can help withstand the constant force or scratching from your pets, the best way to protect your glass doors is to teach your pet dog or cat proper behavior.
Scold them when they jump over or scratch your glass doors. Reward them with loving words or small treats if they behave correctly. Negative reinforcement is sometimes needed like a light tap on its paws or mouth or spraying cool water – to make them understand what you want or don’t want to be done.
Installing special pet doors
Special pet doors are specifically designed to fit existing glass doors. It is usually at the exact height of your pet for easy entry or exit without affecting the glass door frame or its adjacent paintwork.
Special pet doors are available in different sizes according to the height and size of different types of cats and dogs.
How to Remove Superficial Scratches
If it’s just superficial scratches, no need to employ a professional who could charge you hundreds for several minutes’ worth of repair job. Here’s how to do it yourself:
- Give it a good cleaning to ensure that dirt and other small particles will not interfere with the process of removing the scratches.
- Wipe it off with a lint-free paper towel or rag so as not to cause additional scratches.
- Apply whitening toothpaste on a lamb's wool scrubbing pad and rub it carefully in circular motion on the scratches.
- If you have an electric buffer, use medium speed to treat the scratches.
- Wash the glass door with ammonia water (2-oz ammonia mixed with 2 qts water).
- Dry the glass using lint-free towel again.