How to Clean a Glass Table Top

Susan Quilty's image for:
"How to Clean a Glass Table Top"
Image by: 

Everyone has their favorite "secret weapon" for cleaning glass, but with their practical, frequent use, glass dining tables may need a little extra work to keep them looking their best.

Glass dining tables come in many styles. Some tables are nearly invisible sheets of glass, and others are framed in wood. If your table is framed in wood, you will have just a few more things to consider.

When glass inserts are framed in wood, you have to be careful to use cleaning products that will work with both materials. Some glass products can dry wood and many wood cleaners will leave streaks on glass.

Depending on the design of your table, you may be able to keep the glass cleaner on the glass and the wood polish on the frame with a little care. However, many commercial products are available that are created to work on both wood and glass.

If your table is made of glass without a wooden frame, you can focus solely on the best way to keep the glass clean and streak free. Fingerprints and streaks will be more visible in direct sunlight. If your table is near a window, you will want to be extra careful to clean without leaving streaks.

There are many types of glass cleaners, both commercial and homemade. The simplest homemade glass cleaner is made of only water and white vinegar. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white vinegar in a sprayer bottle and use it to clean your glass.

Many people swear by simple vinegar and water for cleaning glass. However, others recommend adding isopropyl alcohol to the mix. The alcohol evaporates quickly which helps eliminates any trace of streaks. A common recipe calls for 1 cup of water, 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar.

If you prefer to skip the homemade cleaners, there are plenty of commercial products available to keep glass sparkling. With their wide range of cleaners, Windex has options for everyone. They even offer convenient glass cleaning disposable wipes.

Another commercial product that works wonders on a glass dining table is a cleaner called Bar Keepers Friend. There are a few Bar Keepers Friend products, but the classic powder cleanser makes glass sparkle with very little effort. Bar Keepers Friend also works well on many other surfaces around your home, such as fiberglass, ceramic tile, and stainless steel.

Cleaners are only part of the equation. The type of cloth you use with the glass cleaner can make a difference as well. The best bet for glass is to use lint-free cloths. You want to clean glass without over-saturating your cloth. If your cloth is too damp it will not absorb all of the cleaner which will leave streaks.

You can also use newspapers or coffee filters to polish glass to a shine. The paper texture will rub away any grimy film without leaving streaks or bits of lint.

Another option is to skip the cleaner completely and use microfiber cloths specifically designed to clean glass. Microfiber cloths are machine washable and can be reused for years. They are available online or try looking in the automotive aisle of local stores.

Deciding how to clean your home often comes down to a matter of personal preference. Try a few of these suggestions to decide which is the right method for you and you will enjoy your sparkling, streak-free glass table top for years to come.

More about this author: Susan Quilty

From Around the Web