Glass railings have become immensely popular among homeowners. They can be used for swimming pools, fences, stairs, balconies, porches, etc. They are designed to not only give your home an elegant look, but also provide a clear and unobstructed view of the surroundings
People prefer glass railings to metal and wood because they don’t require painting or polishing, and can last for many years. However, these elegant additions to your home require some effort in order to retain their appearance. You don’t need to clean the glass railings daily, however, but occasional cleaning is a good idea to help maintain their look.
Here are a few handy tips for cleaning and maintaining glass railings.
- Use Filtered or Distilled Water
Cleaning glass railings with hard water can leave marks or scratch glass panels. Hard water contains different minerals that can damage glass surfaces. Using clean (distilled or filtered) water is advisable to help maintain the shiny appearance of glass railings.
- Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Bird Droppings
If you’ve installed glass railings on your balcony or swimming pool, chances are that you’ve faced the problem of bird droppings. These droppings can be very hard to clean once they’ve dried up. Use a piece of disposable cloth and apple cider vinegar (diluted with water) to wipe off the stain. Apple cider vinegar has potent antimicrobial properties and is an excellent way to get rid of bird and animal droppings.
- Add Lemon Juice to the Cleaning Solution
Make your glass railing sparkle by adding lemon juice to your cleaning solution. Lemon has acidic properties and is very helpful in cleaning tough stains from glass. It also acts as a deodorizer and leaves a fresh smell.
- Use a Lint-free Cloth or Newspaper
Choosing a cloth for cleaning glass can be a challenge. You need something that is lint-free or it will leave residue. The most efficient way to clean glass is by combining white vinegar with water and using newspaper, without much ink on it, to make your glass railing stain-free.
- Take Advantage of Rain
You can avoid regular cleaning by taking advantage of the rain. Absorb water with a squeegee as soon as the rain ends to prevent the formation of water spots. An old shirt or a clean cloth can also be used to wipe the glass.
- Check Brackets and Supports
Examine the brackets and supports of your glass railings every month to check for corrosion or loose ends. If your glass railings are attached to wood, then be on the lookout for termites as well as mould. Generally, brackets are made of aluminum, so you don’t need to worry about rust or corrosion. However, they may become loose over time. Periodically inspecting brackets will prevent major issues.
Cleaning and maintaining glass railings are easier than it appears. You simply need water, dish soap and a lint-free cloth for cleaning and a monthly inspection for maintenance. With little effort, you can make your glass railings last for decades.