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Top Ten Tips for Cleaning Glass

Tuesday 1st September, 2015

1. Remove heavy dirt before you begin
If your glass is covered with a lot of dirt, begin by removing the thick of it with a damp cloth. Ensure you rub gently, as too much force can cause the dirt to make scratches on the surface.
2. Minimise soap suds
A squirt of washing up liquid will help to remove dirt from glass surfaces, however try to avoid creating a lot of suds, as they will only make the cleaning process more difficult and time consuming.
3. Use the right cloth
Avoid cloths which leave behind lint on the surface, such as paper towels and soft tissue. Instead, opt for a cotton rag or microfibre cloth, or for outside glass or showers, a squeegee. Alternatively, crumpled newspaper can also be used to great effect. However, it does tend to leave a lot of ink on your hands, so you may wish to consider wearing gloves.
4. Choose an effective cleaning solution
There’s a wide variety of commercial glass cleaners available to buy from supermarkets and D.I.Y stores, however if you don’t have any to hand, or wish to save some money, a homemade solution can also be highly effective. For a natural cleaner, mix 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water and apply to the surface from a spray bottle.
5. Use purified/distilled water
Tap water contains minerals which can leave behind deposits on the surface of glass, giving it the dreaded streaky appearance. To avoid this, clean using distilled/purified water. This is especially important if you have hard tap water, as it contains the highest quantity of minerals.
6. Work on a cloudy day
A warm sunny day might seem like the ideal time for a spot of glass cleaning, however the heat of the sun can cause your washing solution to dry too quickly. This leaves a residue on the surface of the glass, so opt to clean on a cooler and cloudier day instead.
7. Clean from the top to the bottom
For frustration free cleaning, work your way down the glass. This will ensure drips from the top don’t land on your clean surface below.
8. Work quickly
As highlighted in tip 6, it’s important not to allow your cleaning solution to dry on the surface of the glass, so keep moving and ensure you get the job done as quickly as possible!
9. Clean in opposite directions
If you’re cleaning both surfaces of a piece of glass, such as the inside and outside of a window, rub using horizontal motions on one side and vertical motions on the other. This will ensure that if you do leave any streaks, you’ll know which side they’re on.
10. Give it a final buff
For a super shiny finish after cleaning, give your glass a buff with a dry cloth to ensure no pesky streaks are missed.
Cleaning glass doesn’t have to be a difficult task – it simply requires the right tools and a little bit of know-how. We hope our top tips help you achieve that oh-so-satisfying sparkling finish!

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