Compared to dining sets made of wood or marble, the glass dining table gives a dining room contemporary style that other finishes don’t. To keep them clean and shiny though, there are some cleaning and maintenance lessons to learn – well worth considering before you buy one.
The thought of owning a glass dining table fills your imagination with scenarios that glorify the touch of class it will add to your home, however, the reality is glass attracts smudges and marks from natural oils in your skin so frequent cleaning is required if you want it to stay looking brand new.
If you are the fortunate owner of a glass dining table, we are going to provide you with some cleaning advice and maintenance tips that will help you keep its gleam shining to make every dining experience in your house a positive one.
Protect Your Dining Table’s Glass Top
The first advisory for any dining table owner is to protect the table top from damage which is caused by cutlery scratching the surface, hot objects searing a mark, or harsh vibrations created by glassware as it makes contact when set down on the table.
Coasters and place mats are a simple way to prevent your tableware from harming the glass whilst still displaying the table’s natural beauty without too many obstructions. Alternatively, the cheaper option is to use a tablecloth but this will hide the glass completely unless you use one with an open weave.
Protecting the glass from the first day you own the table will save you the cost and hassle of treating or repairing any scratches and marks in the future.
Cleaning Greasy Finger Prints and Smudges on Glass Tables
To rid a glass dining table of greasy finger prints and oily deposits there are a number of methods you can try from natural cleaners to shop-bought cleaning products. Whichever of our suggestions you prefer, it is important that you first of all rid the table top of food particles using a microfibre cloth with a bit of warm water otherwise you could create more mess.
Also, make sure the table is not baking in the warm glow of a hot sunny day or inside of a dining room with high temperatures when applying cleaning solutions as they could create ugly streaks on the glass.
White Vinegar With Water
Vinegar is a popular choice for natural window cleaners because it is effective and inexpensive at removing grease and grime from glass. It can also be used to clean glass dining tables. Begin by making a 50/50 solution (50% water, 50% white vinegar) and contain it within a spray bottle of some sort.
Spray the solution over your table and wipe it around using a microfibre cloth, or if you’re old school crumpled up newspaper (wear rubber gloves to avoid getting newspaper ink all over your hands).
To make the vinegar solution more effective use warm/ hot water and watch it break down the greasy finger prints and dirt much quicker. Finish the job by buffing the glass with a dry microfibre cloth or screwed up newspaper.
Clean With a Lemon
Lemons are preferable natural cleaning alternatives for people who dislike the scent of vinegar but want to achieve similar results.
Using the natural juice squeezed from a lemon, pour some onto the surface of the glass table top and use a microfibre cloth or some other lint-free cloth to spread the juice around.
Finally, give the glass a nice buff up using the same type of cloth as before or a chamois – the type of cloth used by motorists to buff car bodywork for an almighty shine.
Shop Bought Solutions
Supermarkets offer a variety of cleaning products that are specific for glass surfaces, from companies like Flash or Windex glass cleaners, however these are often more expensive than their natural counterparts. On the other hand, these companies have spent time and money perfecting their formulas and some are very good at cleaning glass that has suffered from streaks.
Instructions of use are provided on the packaging of these products and often you’ll need a pair of marigolds or rubber gloves to protect your skin whilst using them, however, we recommend wearing gloves with any cleaning solution be it manufactured or natural.
Cleaning Up Spills and Small Messes
When you need to clean up small spills or food the common materials to use on normal surfaces are kitchen towel and washing up liquid but don’t! Both of these could create nasty streaks on your glass dining table and instead we recommend using a microfibre cloth, warm water, and the smallest amount of washing up liquid (if needed).
Our collection of tips and advice should have taught you a thing or two about how to clean glass dining tables so you can keep your own clean, streak-free, and gleaming in between mealtimes.
Note: with all of the suggestions provided, we recommend you trial the solution on a patch first to see how successful it is. Once you are happy that the glass is clean, spread the process out across the entire table (including the edges and underneath – depending on where the mess is).