As a freelance writer, Paul's articles often focus on DIY home projects.
What Do You Do When You Need to Get Plastic Off of Glass?
It's been a while, but I once melted plastic utensils on a stove surface and needed to get the plastic off without damaging the surface. This weekend, our daughter put her coat up against an indoor fireplace with a glass door to warm it up. In seconds the nylon had melted and adhered to the glass front of the fireplace. Ugh. Not only was the jacket ruined, we need to get the plastic removed from the glass door (it's not our house).
Plastic Melted to the Glass
The Nylon Melted!
A Quick Trip to the Store for Supplies
We were out of town, so we headed to the local grocery store to pick up supplies to clean the plastic off the glass surface.
Supplies You'll Need:
- Razor blades with a handle to do the scraping
- WD40 acts as a loosening lubricant
Razor Blade and WD 40 Will Get Plastic Off of Glass.
Spray with WD40 and Then Scrape
Doing the Scraping
WD40 is flamable, so if you are doing it on a stove or fireplace glass, make sure the flames are out. Second, razor blades are incredibly sharp and it takes a bit of force to widdle away the the plastic from the glass, so be sure to push away from your body and to be careful.
Start by spraying the plastic with WD 40 and then use the razor blade to scrape it away in small pieces. Once finished scraping either vacuum up or sweep up the shaved plastic pieces and throw them away.
Clean the Glass at the End
Clean the Glass
Using a bit of windex or other type of glass cleaner, clean the window once all the plastic has been chipped off. The windex with a towel will cut through the remaining WD 40 and make the window look nice and clean.
The good news is if you ever find yourself in this situation, no need to panic, just get the right tools and clean it up. In this case, the fireplace glass looks as good as new, too bad there isn't as easy of a solution to repair the melted liner of the jacket.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Won’t the razor scratch the glass when removing plastic or nylon from the surface?
Answer: So, you must be careful, but in my experience, the blade when pressured evenly on the glass didn’t do damage. I didn’t notice any scratches, but test on a small spot first.
Question: What if it is a plastic spoon melted to glass?
Answer: The same steps will work if a plastic spoon melts to glass.
ACrandall from Lyons, Colorado on December 18, 2018:
So, after trying 5 other recommended methods, none if which resulted in removing much of the material, HERE'S THE REAL SOLUTION:
Take denatured alcohol and put on a rag, rub it in vigorously for a little while. Take the razor blade and start scraping it off. Do it in small areas until it is completely removed. I have no scratches on the glass and no residue from the clothing. It also works to remove just about anything from glass, tiles, wood floors, etc. without any damage to the item. It truly is amazing stuff. Good Luck!!
Sarah Stancombe-Duhm on December 16, 2018:
This is brilliant. Worked perfectly to remove a smudge of baked on fleece where someone leant on my hot glass with their sleeve
Zephyr on January 17, 2018:
This method worked for me. I had a solid mess on my propane fireplace glass when I touched a fleece jacket on the hot glass. You have to work at it but after an hour the melted stain on the propane fireplace glass was gone. Slowly but surely would be my recommendation.
Courtney on January 03, 2018:
Just melted my sock to the fireplace trying to warm my foot up. Guess I'm buying a razor blade tonight! Thanks!
Jenifer on December 10, 2017:
Oh my god saved me !!
Lana on November 26, 2017:
Thank you sooo sooo much for this post! You’ve saved me so much stress and worry and potentially hundreds of pounds in replacing the ceramic glass on my Contura wood burner!!
Used WF-40 and a knife with an even edge. Patience and perseverance won out! Acetone, toothpaste didn’t work.
So glad I found this post!! Well done on figuring out how to fix this!! And letting the rest of us know!!
Amie on November 02, 2017:
I had a window cling melt to my window. I saw your post and did exactly what you had written. Doing this saved my apartment window. Thank you so much for posting this. It was very helpful.
Kulvinder Kaur on October 26, 2017:
Hello. This happened today my kid’s jacket was burnt on the fireplace glass. Luckily he is ok. I was panicking but when i read your this article . I did exactly what you have written. Wow!!! It is great you saved me. Thank you so much. My fireplace glass looks new. Thks
Cheryl on July 16, 2017:
I know you wrote this years ago but I just melted my tights onto our gas fireplace glass and this post made me feel much better! Thanks :)
tmcdanel on February 01, 2016:
You are quite incorrect. Glass is harder than steel, even the tempered steel of a good knife.
R. Mason on December 15, 2012:
should not use metal objects to clean fireplace glass. Warm glass slightly and use a wooden spatula GENTLY to remove blobs of plastic. Then, after glass has cooled completely, use a toothbrush and GEL toothpaste. Takes a bit of time, but safer later than a razor blade which can leave micro scratches on the glass which can weaken it
Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on January 19, 2012:
I've gotten one search referrer to this hub thus far for the term "how to get melted plastic off of glass fireplace" I hope the visitor was happy.
Lela Bryan from Alameda, CA on January 18, 2012:
My neighbors post used tools on ebay and they clean up all of their tools with WD-40. The main ingredient is fish oil.
JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on January 17, 2012:
Just like DzyMsLizzy, i hope I don't get the chance to do this. LOL. Any tips on getting melted plastic on denim? Don't ask how I got it there in the first place.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on January 17, 2012:
Hopefully, I won't find myself in such a mess...but...now I know what to do if the worst should happen.
Good ol' WD-40--it belongs right up there with duct tape in the "fix-everything" tool kit.
Voted up, interesting and useful.