Glass’s durable and aesthetically pleasing qualities make it an optimal material for everything from doors and windows to tables and décor. But as with all materials, without proper care, glass can become dirty or streaky. Often, caring for the glass in your home requires only a bit of simple care. Here are some tips to help you keep your glass shiny and clean.
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- If your glass product came with any specific instructions for cleaning, follow those directions.
- Generally, glass should be cleaned once every 6 months. It can be cleaned more often if it is noticeably dirty. (Don’t forget to get both sides of your windows!)
- Don’t wash glass when it is extremely hot or cold.
- Clean your glass with water and a squeegee or a soft microfiber cloth. Paper towels are more likely to cause streaking.
- Make sure your cleaning materials are free of tears or sharp objects that could scratch the glass.
- For tricky streaks or hard water stains, try mixing water with a little bit of a neutral detergent to create a stronger cleaning solution. You can also use commercial cleaning products designed specifically for glass.
- Use your cleaning solution in moderation. Using too much is more likely to cause streaking. If the cloth you’re using gets too wet, trade it out for a fresh one.
- When cleaning a vertical surface, start at the top and work your way down to the bottom.
- If the glass you’re cleaning is attached to any non-glass material (like a window sill), you may want to cover those surfaces with a towel to prevent your cleaning solution from getting where it shouldn’t be.
- Quickly and thoroughly dry the glass after cleaning to help prevent streaks.
- If there are still a couple of streaks or smudges left on the glass after thorough cleaning and drying, you may be able to buff them out with a clean, dry coffee filter or microfiber cloth.
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