Beautiful glass dining tables can be a stunning addition to your home and make it stand out. It exudes an air of elegance and beauty to space only until it’s smothered with fingerprints, covered with dust, or stained by good residue. That is why you need to clean them occasionally to keep them sparkling and tip-top shape. Luckily, the task shouldn’t be as difficult as you think. Here are some expert tips for keeping your glass dining tables clean.
How To Clean Your Glass Dining Table
Clear everything off the surface.
Though intended for eating, as its name suggests, dining tables are pretty versatile, with people using them for other purposes like studying or doing crafts. The initial thing you need to do is clear the surface completely. Free it all from the plates, cups, runners, decorative items, books, school supplies, and other materials. It can be difficult to thoroughly clean the surface if you cannot move around due to the “obstacles” present on the tabletop.
Wipe the tabletop with a dry cloth.
Start cleaning your glass dining tabletop by wiping it with a dry lint-free or microfiber cloth. Using such towels ensures that no lint is left behind while removing non-sticky messes and dust in the process.
Wipe the surface with warm water.
After getting rid of all the tiny particles and debris, spray warm water on your tabletop and use a separate lint-free or microfiber cloth to wipe it down. Water is the best choice for cleaning glass as it doesn’t leave much residue or streaks compared to most glass cleaners. Plus, you can ease your worries that no unknown chemicals may damage the glass surface.
Should you still wish to add a cleaning agent for more stubborn areas, you can opt for a budget-friendly vinegar solution. Simply create a mixture of white vinegar and water at a 1:2 ratio, respectively. Spritz it on the spot and wipe it down using the cloth. Continue wiping the entire until all sticky areas and the whole surface is clean.
Dry the surface and shine.
Now that the surface is clean, it’s time to completely dry it from moisture and clear it from any streaks that may still have been left behind. Get another set of lint-free or microfiber cloths to wipe the tabletop dry.
You may use crumpled newspapers to absorb all the moisture if your towel isn’t enough. Just make sure to wear gloves as the ink can transfer to your hands once the newspaper gets wet. Never use paper towels as they may leave unsightly lint on the tabletop. Once all moisture is absorbed, wipe it again with the cloth or newspapers until the surface is sparkling clean and shining brightly!
Other Cleaning Tips:
- Never use cleaners that have ammonia and acid, as they can quickly damage the glass edges. If there are extremely difficult to clean stains, there are safe commercial razor blades intended for glass surfaces, which you can use to quickly scrape off tough areas and spots.
- Avoid cleaning your dining table under direct sunlight, as it can quickly dry out the surface before you can even thoroughly clean it. Thus, leaving streaks behind.
- You can clean the surface in any direction, horizontally or vertically. What matters more is the pressure you’re exerting during the cleaning process. Remember that it’s vital to exert the same force, regardless of whether you’re wiping the tabletop horizontally or vertically.
- Though water, in general, is best for cleaning glass dining tables, the best type of water to use is distilled water. Typical water in the home may still have traces of minerals that can leave streaks. Distilled water is void of such minerals, making it more suitable for cleaning glass surfaces.
- As much as possible, you should be cleaning both sides of the glass dining table. Majority of the glass tables available feature removable glass for easier cleaning. Just be cautious or ask for assistance to avoid breaking the glass and accidents.
- If you decide to use a cleaner, look for one that’s safe on both glass and wood should your table be supported by a wooden frame. If you’re using a specialized glass or wood cleaner, ensure that it won’t reach the wood or vice-versa to prevent it from damage.
- To protect the surface from scratches and prevent it from turning dull, it’s advisable to use coasters and placements for your cups and plates. Also, keep materials with sharp or rough edges away from your tabletop to avoid any dents or damage.
Dining tables can accentuate your home, making it elegant and more stunning. Just be sure to follow these basics, clean your glass tabletops regularly, and you’ll maintain your dining glass table as immaculate as possible.