Glass table tops personify beauty and sophistication. They add a touch of class to any and every room, be it in an office space or a home. However, glass table tops do have the tendency to lose their glossy appearance fairly soon. Additionally, they can also get damaged and scuffed rather easily. This normally occurs due to poor maintenance and the absence of a cleaning regime.
That being said, keeping your glass table top shiny and intact is not an overly arduous task. Proper cleaning, protection, and maintenance can extend the life of the table by several years. With a little help from us, you will be able to give your glass tabletop the treatment it deserves.
It is always advisable to ensure that there are no remnant dust particles or debris on the table. They have the potential to scuff the glass tabletop if they are not removed timely. That is why you should take a clean, soft cloth and gently wipe away the dust and debris. You could also do well with a soft bristle brush in order to carry out the pre-cleaning of the glass table. Once this is done, you can then proceed to the actual cleaning of the glass tabletop.
There are two obvious choices here. You can go to your local relevant store to purchase an off-the-shelf cleaning agent. You will have a plethora of cleaners to choose from. Some of these are solvent-based which means they are potent, but toxic while others are aerosols. Aerosol-based cleaners are not as toxic but are still quite harmful to the environment. Alternatively, you can use a do-it-yourself solution of vinegar and water. This is both economically and environmentally friendly.
It is amazing what household vinegar is capable of. Not only it is an effective cleaner, but it also kills germs. It is safe to use and edible, making it far more kid-friendly than solvent cleaners. Lastly, it leaves no residue or streaks on glass and so is perfect to use on glass tabletops.
To begin, heat a bowl of water to a lukewarm degree. Then, proceed to mix it with an equal amount of vinegar so that the solution composition is balanced. Make sure to dust off debris and dust particles off the glass tabletop before you begin. Soak a clean sponge in the vinegar solution and start cleaning in a uniform manner. Always wipe in the same direction. After every wipe, make sure you clean the corners of the sponge so that you do not end up dirtying the table again.
Once you have wiped down the tabletop properly, make sure to rinse the tabletop with water. If the tabletop is greasy, it is advisable to first wash it with soapy water. Thereafter, you can use the vinegar solution on it. For ease of access, we recommend getting a refillable spray bottle so that you can spray the solution directly onto the dirty surface.
Glass & Mirror Cleaner Foam
If you are looking for something less domestic and more robust, we recommend the cleaner foam by Fab Glass and Mirror. It contains low levels of ammonia, meaning it is not overtly toxic as compared to other commercial cleaners. Additionally, it has fantastic reviews regarding its effectiveness and ease of application. Another great attribute is the fact that it does not leave a strong pungent smell when it is used. In fact, the scent it exudes is quite pleasant and so, it can easily be used indoors.
The branding also claims that it does not harm the ozone, unlike most cleaners which are aerosol-based.
Lastly, it is a fairly cheap product, priced just under 15 dollars. Therefore, it is a solid glass tabletop cleaning option. You can order your canister by visiting Here.
The Appearance of Streaks
Streaks in the form of liquid residue can often be observed after you have cleaned your glass tabletop. This is often due to low-quality cleaners that leave behind their own stains. Clearly, the use of such cleaners is counter-productive. Simply change the cleaner that you are using. We must also add that white vinegar does not leave behind such stains. Additionally, make sure that the sponge you use is absorbent.
Items to Avoid
Acid-based cleaners should never be used as they can potentially damage the surface in the long run. This also extends to abrasive cleaners and stain removers. You should also not use poor quality wipes, tissue paper or toilet paper to clean your glass tabletop. This is down to two reasons. Firstly, a coarse paper material can scuff your glass surface. Secondly, usage of tissue paper often leaves paper residue and lint when used in conjunction with glass cleaners.
What Not to Put on Your Glass Table Top
Maintenance is key when it comes to elongating the life of your glass surface. Maintenance is not limited to just regular cleaning of the glass. It also involves treating it with due care. Pay attention to what you put on the glass. Glass surfaces can often become scratched if the base of the objects you put on them are coarse. This is especially true of decorative ceramics, candle stands, salt & pepper shakers, and utensil holders.
These items often scuff and by extension, dull the glass when they come in contact with it. Therefore, it is important to use protective mats underneath such objects. It is also advisable to use coasters underneath glasses and mugs. Understandably, placing mats can affect the aesthetics of the glass tabletop. Therefore, if you are willing to go the extra mile, we may have an interesting idea for you.
For this, you will need a non-permanent marker and extremely sharp scissors, or, for a stable hand, a blade. However, the star of the show is a Translucent High Temp Thin Silicone Rubber Sheet which you can order here.It costs a paltry 14.5 dollars. Place the objects you want to use on the table on the sheet and trace around them with the marker. Afterward, remove the objects and cut out the traced area. Be sure to cut around the outer edge of the marked area.
This will give you custom transparent silicone coasters for all objects. The silicone sheet is heat resistant so you can also use it under hot coffee mugs and warm objects. At this point, you might be wondering why shouldn’t we simply cover the entire table with a silicone/plastic sheet. The answer is simple. You can choose to do so if you wish. However, it will hamper the elegant beauty of your glass tabletop as it will appear gaudy and cheap.
We have provided a plethora of advice, recommendations, and products that will help you maintain your glass tabletop. It is now your job to implement our directions and tips. Keep in mind that effective maintenance strategies help save money in the long run. This is because it will keep your glass tabletop looking new for an extended period of time. This, in turn, will resist any temptations to replace your glass tabletop. Regardless, if you have made the mistake of not protecting your glass surface, you can always order a replacement.