Glass table tops add an elegant, upscale feel to any room. And with the right care and maintenance, you can easily extend the life of your table and keep your glass looking shiny and new for years to come. Below, we share our best tips for how to care for glass and mirror surfaces so you get the most out of your investment.
There are many great solutions for cleaning your glass surfaces without leaving streaks. For an economical option, you can mix ⅓ parts white vinegar and ⅔ parts water together, apply to your glass and swipe with a newspaper (these won’t leave lint on your glass). Not into the DIY cleaner? We also sell a light aerosol foam cleaner that’s easy to use and leaves your glass sparkling—just spray it on and wipe it right away.
No abrasives should ever be used on a mirror surface, nor should you use any products with ammonia or acids. These destroy the edges and the silver backing of your mirror. And we recommend you avoid using paper towels, which tend to leave lint behind.
It could be a number of things. First, consider the kind of cleaner you’re using. Some may leave behind a residue, which could be causing those streaks once the residue dries there. With a good cleaner, the materials actually evaporate off of the glass, so nothing is left behind. It could also be the type of towel you’re using—if it’s not absorbent enough, you’ll end up just moving moisture around the glass instead of removing it while you’re wiping.
If none of your towels are cutting it, try using crumpled-up newspaper as your “towel” instead. We also recommend you avoid washing your windows in direct sunlight—the sun can actually dry your glass too quickly, which makes it more susceptible to streaking.
Either will work perfectly fine. It’s less about the direction of your cleaning motion and more about maintaining an even pressure as you swipe.
If you take proper care of your glass, you can keep it in pristine condition for years to come.
Be careful of what you place on top of the glass—anything with rough or sharp bases could scratch the surface, which will cause it to dull over time. For glass dining room tables, make sure you always use placemats and coasters when possible. Dust and fingerprints can also give glass a “smudgy” look, so make sure you clean your tabletop regularly.