Glass or crystal glass is a transparent and highly reflective material that is often difficult to clean perfectly. The elegance of glass, as well as that of glass, depends on its appearance being flawless and without stains, so cleaning it correctly is very important to take advantage of its beauty at home.
A truly clean crystal or glass is free from traces of grease, traces of moisture, fingerprints and dust. These spots are noticeable right away, making it look dull and lackluster. The problem is that, when trying to clean pieces of glass or glass, you will notice that dirt easily remains on the surface no matter how much you clean. To solve this small daily problem, at UNCOMO we explain how to clean the windows so that they are perfect , as well as the best products and materials to achieve it.You may also be interested in: Tricks to clean windowsIndex
How to clean windows without leaving marks – the best products
On the market there are many products for cleaning glass and crystals. Although effective, most are quite expensive. However, you can make your own homemade window cleaner with things that you already have at home and are in common use. In addition to saving and using less chemicals, these glass cleaners are as effective as commercial ones.
Vinegar and essential oil
- ½ liter of distilled or at least filtered water
- 30 ml or two tablespoons of white vinegar
- 10 drops of essential oil of your choice, better if it is citric or floral
Please apply the following procedure to use it:
- Mix the above products and pour them into a spray bottle.
- Apply to the products to be cleaned.
- Rub with a dry, non-porous cloth or newspaper.
Alcohol and vinegar
In this case, we replace the essential oil with alcohol. The advantage over the previous product is that the alcohol contributes to a rapid evaporation of the product, so it is faster to leave your crystals flawless .
- 250 ml or a cup of alcohol
- 250 ml of water
- 15 ml or a tablespoon of vinegar
The procedure is similar to the one in the previous section:
- Mix in a spray bottle.
- Spray on the glass pieces to be cleaned.
- Dry well with a good glass cleaning cloth or newspaper.
Glass cleaner with cornstarch
Cornstarch is useful for degreasing glass surfaces . In addition, since glass is more porous than glass, it helps to clean small holes where moisture can collect and leave stains. Of course, it is important to remove it very well, otherwise there will be residues. To make this homemade glass cleaner , look for these ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
- 60 ml or ¼ cup of alcohol.
- 60 ml of white vinegar.
- ½ liter or 2 cups of water.
To apply it, you will only have to follow these steps:
- Mix all ingredients.
- Use a spray bottle if it allows small particles to pass through.
- If you think the atomizer can get clogged, then just take a little with a cloth and wipe the surface of the glass.
- Continue rubbing with a very dry cloth to remove all the cornstarch.
How to remove tough stains on glass
Although the cleaners above are great at leaving your glass sparkling, tough water and rust stains may require special treatment. On the other hand, it is important to clean these types of stains carefully, as the glass can be damaged or scratched if they are not cleaned correctly.
When we talk about water stains, we are not referring to the traces that the water leaves on the surface of the crystals due to not drying them well. We refer, instead, to those that are produced by the accumulation of minerals present in water such as calcium and magnesium. It is common to see them at the bottom of glasses or in openings and holes in glass figures. To clean them, use these ingredients:
- 4 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
So that you can easily get rid of these stains, follow these steps:
- Mix the two ingredients of the cleaner to form a paste.
- Rub the surface with quick, gentle movements.
- Start at the edges of the stain and work your way to the center.
- Rinse and apply one of the homemade glass cleaners that we mentioned in the previous section.
There are other options to get rid of these tough stains. For example, you can soak crystal pieces in vinegar or lemon, as well as try washing them with a liquid dishwasher.
Rust stains need slightly stronger products to completely disappear. In this case, removing stains and cleaning glass with ammonia is an excellent option, as long as you take the proper precautions because it is a fairly strong chemical. For example, we recommend doing it outdoors and using masks and gloves. This is what you will need:
- ½ cup of ammonia
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- Rubber gloves
- Mouth cover
To get rid of orange rust stains on your glass, follow these steps:
- Mix all the products very well.
- Dip the tip of a lint-free cloth into the solution.
- Rub the stains gently but firmly.
- Repeat until the stain is completely removed.
- Rinse and dry very well.
If the stain is not very extensive or very concentrated, try soaking it with lemon. You will see that you can clean the crystals so that they are perfect without problems! Lemon, like vinegar, is also an excellent homemade product to remove dirt, visit our article How to clean with lemon to learn more.
Tricks to leave the crystals flawless
Whether it is to clean windows or to clean glass, there are some tips that will always be useful to get rid of stains more easily on these types of materials. No matter what product you use, keep these tricks in mind to make your crystals flawless :
- The best cloth for cleaning windows is the one that is lint-free, as it does not leave traces on the glass.
- You will get the same result with homemade glass cleaner as with commercial products.
- Do not clean glasses, crystal goblets or crystal figures in a breezy or sunny location. The cleaning product will dry very quickly, leaving stubborn marks.
- If there are sticky stains, apply a little oil before washing them.
- When it comes to glass windows, one of the best devices to clean glass is the squeegee. They remove the water without leaving a trace.
- If after cleaning you notice a fingerprint, you don’t need to clean again. Just rub with rubbing alcohol and it will dry on its own.
- If you are washing small glass pieces, line a tub or your sink with a thick towel. Do not put too many to avoid hitting each other and staining or damaging.