Be it your home or an office; a glass table top makes for a beautiful addition to the interiors that not only looks appealing but also makes it functional. Glass table tops are highly versatile and, hence, go remarkably well with both conventional as well as modern settings. They are often used to create the illusion of space, making the place look illuminated and airy.
What types of stains can stick to the glass tabletop?
The beauty and elegance of a coveted glass top table lie in its sparkling and squeaky clean surface. Apart from regular dust spots, smudges left by the sticky liquids are the major causes of ruining the table surface. Here are a few common types of stains that often cling to the glass surface, ravaging its appeal.
- Water stains
- Coffee stains
- Wax stains
- Curry stains
How do stains stick to the glass?
Those annoying water spots and smudges that generally surface on the glass table tops are caused by evaporation of the liquid spill overs. Such smears are formed due to the high concentrations of magnesium and calcium content in the water. In a classic scenario, if you failed to use a coaster, the condensation from a cold drinking vessel quickly spatters the droplets straight onto the glass surface. And, it doesn’t take long for that blob of water to transform into spots or what seems like an ugly streak of stain. In most situations, though, the removal of such marks from glass doesn’t require extreme measures. Your regular white vinegar is strong enough to chip away the layers of minerals, making it much easier to clean from the table top.
Materials needed to clean the glass
Here’s a list of supplies that you may require to remove stains from your glass table top surface.
- Lint-free cloth pieces
- White vinegar/lemon
- Spray bottle
- Toothpaste (Non- gel)
- A toothbrush or soft-bristled brush
- Hair dryer
Steps to Remove Stains or Water Spots from Glass Surface
Water Stain Removal Using White Vinegar
- Step 1: To eliminate dirt and grime before scrubbing it more extensively, wipe the table top down with a moist lint-free fabric. It helps inhibit dirt or dust from spreading around while you scour.
- Step 2: Take a spray bottle and fill it up with equal parts of white vinegar and water. Directly spray this vinegar-water solution on the marks or streaks formed on the table surface. Let the solvent sit there for the next 10 – 15 minutes. After this, wipe the table surface with a fresh piece of soft lint-free fabric.
- Step 3: In case, the spray method in Step 2 is unable to lift some stubborn stains, immerse a small part of a lint-free cloth in a pure vinegar solution. Place this dampened portion of the fabric all over the stained area for about 10 – 15 minutes. Afterwards, use the same cloth to gently scrub and remove the spots.
- Step 4: This method is used when step 2 and step 3 fail to yield the desired results due to the tough nature of stains formed on the glass table top surface. A non-gel toothpaste works exceedingly well in getting rid of extremely difficult glass blotches. Spray plain water on the stained area to moist it a bit, and then spread a tiny amount of toothpaste all over the affected glass surface. To clean the mark without scratching the glass, make use of a soft-bristled cleaner such as your regular toothbrush.
This method would easily take care of water, wine, coffee, tea or curry stains sticking to the glass surface.
Hard – Water Stain Removal Using Lemon
- Step 1: You can also replace white vinegar with lemon to address the hard-water severe staining issues on the glass table top surface. Put a few drops of lemon juice on the blemished area and let it sit over it for the next 10 – 15 minutes.
- Step 2: Next, gently rub the affected area with a Lint-free cloth and wash the surface off with vinegar-water solution or plain water.
- Step 3: Finally, use the vinegar-water solution to attain lustrous and blemish-free glass finish.
Wax Stain Removal Using Heat Treatment
- Step 1: Make use of your hair dryer to heat the wax sticking on your table surface till it melts.
- Step 2: Wipe the viscous wax off the glass table top surface using a damp cloth or a sponge.
- Step 3: Rinse the surface with a glass cleaner or vinegar-water solution and wipe the surface off with a lint-free cloth fabric.
Apart from above, you can also buy products specially designed for repelling water from the glass surface. Once the glass surface is treated with such solutions, it won’t let the droplets sit on the glass and form stains. You can buy them online or at a sanitary shop near you.
Important Things to Consider While Removing Stains from Glass Table Top
- Always make sure that you do a small patch test on the stained glass surface to see how your cleaning solution reacts to it.
- Refrain from removing water/coffee/wine/curry stains from a glass surface which is still hot or positioned in the direct sunlight path. Let it cool-off first and then begin the process.
- Ensure to clean your Glass Table Top surface thoroughly to help it get rid of all the dust and dirt before going ahead with the stain removal process.
- Always refrain from making use of abrasive material to remove blemishes from the glass surface. It may end up scratching the glass permanently and ruining it of its beauty. Instead, use a lint-free cloth or sponges for gentle rubbing and dusting.
- For complete stain removal from the glass surface, target it from all four directions— do it tenderly.
- Once you have spread the cleaning solution on the glass surface, do not let it sit around for too long (maximum 15 minutes) so that it doesn’t gets dried; otherwise, it will ruin the very purpose of cleaning.
- Be extra cautious while working on the glass table top surfaces that are attached with wood, metal, stone or any other material. Do not let you cleaning solutions spill over or get sprayed onto these materials as they can react with them, resulting in unnecessary damage.