Glass tables make for great dining tables as the classy, neutral look of glass brings out a sophisticated feel to the room. Cleaning glass tables is simple as glass is non-porous, and therefore does not stain easily. However, glass is prone to getting fingerprints, water spots, and other stains that sit on the surface of the glass.
Whether you have ordinary glass or tempered glass, it is important to know how to properly clean the surface, and avoid scratches on your crystal clear dining table. Glass may also shatter, so it is important to remember not to change the temperature of the glass too suddenly, or apply too much pressure to the glass when cleaning.
How to Clean Glass Table
Step 1: Wipe Away Spills and Debris
The first step is to wipe away any spills and debris that might be on the glass table, especially after you've just put the plates away. Use a clean rag or paper towels to wipe up spilled food and sauces, and scoop up any food particles. Giving your glass table a good wipe will also get rid of dust that settled on the surface.
Step 2: Create a Homemade Glass Cleaner
Regular glass cleaners are effective in removing fingerprints, soap scum, and water stains from glass, but they may not be food safe enough to use on your glass tabletop. Creating your own, homemade glass cleaner is economical, effective, and safe for you and your family.
To make an efficient glass cleaner, place a cup of water and a cup of rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Add in one to two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar, and a few drops of dish soap, then shake the bottle well. You can now use this solution to clean any glass surface from a glass table top to windows and mirrors.
Step 3: Wipe the Cleaning Solution
Spritz the cleaning solution directly on glass tables, focusing on spraying the areas with the most fingerprints and stains. Use a clean, soft cloth, such as a microfiber cloth, to wipe the cleaning solution all over the glass surface. Work in circular motions to remove greasy prints, and don't forget to do the same to the underside of the glass for a crystal clear finish!
Step 4: Let it Air Dry
Let the table air dry. Face a fan into the dining room as needed to improve the air circulation in the room. This will help dry the glass table faster. Do not use glass surfaces while still wet, and avoid touching the glass table top with greasy fingers to prevent fingerprints.
How to Remove Dried Spills from Glass Tables
There are some stains and spots that glass cleaners can't get, like dried sauces, caked food particles, and spills that have stuck to the surface of the glass. To get rid of these stains, use a soft sponge dampened with warm water to soak the stain. This will soften hardened food bits, making them easier to remove.
Take a card, razor blade, or plastic putty spatula, and carefully scrape away the dried stains. Make sure not to exert too much pressure to prevent scratching the glass table. Wipe away the loosened grime with a damp sponge, and dry the glass table with a microfiber cloth.
Tips to Maintain Glass Dining Table
- Avoid placing objects that are too hot or too cold on the surface of the glass table. Glass can shatter with sudden changes in temperature.
- Avoid hitting the glass, as the material can shatter.
- Replace glass, or have the dining table fixed at the first sign of a crack. Don't wait until the glass table splits at the crack over time.
- Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe down the glass table daily, even if it is not in use.
- Have professional cleaning services to keep your entire home pristine.
Maintain your glass table tops with routine cleaning. Keeping your dining table clean is a good practice to home upkeep, and we at Luce Home will be more than happy to assist you in anything home maintenance!
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