While your tempered glass furniture or decorations may look great and add a great deal of personality to wherever you have chosen to place them, they will not look as attractive if they are dirty. Unfortunately, if you have tempered glass for long enough, this is inevitable. Before you clean your tempered glass, you should learn the proper cleaning techniques for this unique material. If you do not, you may accidentally damage it—defeating the purpose of cleaning it in the first place. What follows should give you all that you need to know to clean it safely and effectively.
Step 1 - Preparing the Materials
To begin, you will need to make a cleaning mixture to use on your tempered glass. The best ingredients are ordinary dish soap and water. Mix the soap and water in equal amounts, then pour the mixture into your spray bottle and seal it shut. Mix the soap and water together thoroughly by shaking the spray bottle. When you are done, bring it and the rest of your supplies over to your tempered glass and get ready to begin.
Step 2 - Washing the Glass
Tempered glass is actually very easy to clean, but it is also very easy to damage. Any small particles dragged over tempered glass repeatedly will scratch it, as will any rough surface rubbed against it. Because of this, you need to be very careful as to how you wash your tempered glass, and not take any shortcuts. While shortcuts may save you time now, they may ruin your glass for good.
First, spray your tempered glass with the mixture of dish soap and water. Wait 10 seconds, then wipe the glass clean with your soft sponge. Do not use a scouring pad, because it will be too rough to safely use on your tempered glass. Use the soft side of your sponge instead.
Doing this to the entire piece of glass at once can be tricky, so it is best to spray one section at a time, then clean it with your sponge before spraying the next section, rather than trying to clean all of the glass at once.
Step 3 - Dealing with Difficult Spots
It is possible that some areas on your tempered glass are dirtier than others, and will not respond well to ordinary washing. If you wash all of your glass and find that some of it is still dirty, you will have to give it some special attention. However, you must resist the temptation to use harsher methods, as they will damage your glass. Simply spot clean the dirty sections with soap and water again until they are clean.
Step 4 - Drying the Glass
Use a clean, soft cloth to buff the glass dry. A microfiber cloth is a great way to do this, but any ordinary non-abrasive cloth will do the trick. Be very gentle, as it is possible to scratch tempered glass.
If you perform these steps, your tempered glass should look as good as new when you are done.