How to Maintain and Clean Exterior Glass Railing

May 9th, 2017 | in Panorama Glass Blog

Glass railings are increasingly popular for use around swimming pools, balconies, and as wall barriers. And what’s not to love? They are aesthetically pleasing, with a sleek and modern look, and allow for unobstructed views especially on high rise apartments where sweeping vistas are part of the appeal. Glass railings are also child- and pet-friendly as they have no panels to climb through while promoting safety and leaving the view intact.

Glass railings require very little maintenance. However, water spots, dust, and dirt may accumulate over time. Here are some very easy DIY cleaning tips to maintain that clear glass effect.

  • Dilute a tablespoon or two of liquid dish soap in a quart of warm water. Use this solution to gently scrub the exterior glass railing. For those who need to clean glass on two-story homes, use a squeegee attached to a pole extension for hard to reach spots.
  • White vinegar is a great alternative to dish soap. It has been used to clean glass for centuries and it still works like magic. A 50/50 mix (50 percent vinegar, 50% water) will make a great solution to clean dirty, grimy exterior glass. Soak stubborn dirt or caked on debris, like bird droppings, with undiluted white vinegar to loosen them. Do not scrub, as hardened debris could scratch the glass.
  • Rinse thoroughly, either with a hose or small buckets of warm water. If the water from the tap is hard water, consider using distilled water because it’s devoid of minerals that cause streaking.
  • Air dry the glass railing and use a lint-free cloth to remove any streaks.
  • You can also use newspaper to dry wet glass. Newspapers are lint free, just don’t use the coloured parts or the comics section so you can achieve streak-free glass.

Most likely you’ll only clean your glass railings once in a while. But when you do, it’s easy and inexpensive to make them look like new again.

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