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How to polish glass in 7 simple steps

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Polishing glass can be a tricky job.

It’s one of life’s essential little chores that never seems to work out as we had hoped.

Every little streak and smudge you leave behind is sure to get noticed. After all, glass sheets are usually some of the most eye-catching features of many homes

“…Ahh, I think you missed a spot”

Before you throw in the towel/cloth/rag, let’s take a look at how to polish glass in 7 simple steps for a perfect, sparkling finish.

1. Round up everything you will need

Essential tools of the trade can mostly be found around the house:

  • White vinegar – Vinegar is comprised of around 3-9% acetic acid, making it semi-abrasive and acidic enough to break down grime and residue without damaging glass when diluted.
  • A spray bottle for your cleaning mixture
  • Microfibre towels
  • A container of water (distilled if possible, to remove impurities) and some dishwashing liquid
  • Cotton buds
  • A squeegee
  • An old towel to wipe up excess fluid
  • Newspaper

2. Wash down the surface of the glass with a solution of warm soapy water

This is the pre-polish stage that prepares the surface for you to apply some serious elbow grease. Squeegee down the surface vertically from top to bottom and soak up run-off with an old towel.

3. Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar with warm water to create a chemical free cleaning solution

The mixture will be strong enough to break down the residue and spots on glass surfaces, without damaging the surface itself. This is your secret weapon, plus you don’t have to worry about children or pets coming into contact with the glass after you are done.

4. Apply a light spray to a microfibre cloth. If the glass is particularly dirty, apply the mixture directly to the glass surface.

If you have old window frames, especially soft wood, use an old towel or cloth to absorb excess cleaning solution, rather than leaving it to soak into the window sill and frame.

5. Apply firm pressure and polish the entire glass surface

Repeat the glass polishing mantra: “Around and around, up and down, side to side”

6. Apply a final polish using sheets of old newspaper

This removes any excess moisture, as well as providing a final spot-free, glistening finish. Cotton buds can be used to detail clean the corners of the glass for a flawless result.

If you have ever wondered how to polish glass, these simple steps will help you achieve fantastic results without resorting to harsh chemicals or expensive alternatives.

And just in case you notice that your window has scratches during the cleaning process, you can check out our DIY tips on how to repair scratched glass too.

Need to speak to one of our expert team members at Koala Glass about glass installation, repair or replacement?

Give our team in Newcastle a call on (02) 4968 1450 – We are here to help!


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