How to Polish Glass

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Glass surfaces are everywhere, from windows to table tops. Keeping those surfaces clean and streak free adds to the beauty. While you can purchase any number of cleaning products to polish glass, using regular household products can give you the shine and polish you desire and save you money.

Things You'll Need

  • Lint free cloth
  • Newspaper
  • Ammonia
  • White vinegar
  • 2 empty spray bottles
  • Fill one spray bottle with regular household ammonia. Fill the other with white vinegar.

  • Spray down the glass surface with ammonia. Wipe the surface with the lint free cloth, using even strokes either horizontally or vertically. This will remove grime, dust and smoke from the glass.

  • Crumple several sheets of newspaper. Spray the surface with white vinegar and use the newspaper to polish the surface until it is streak free. Again, use even strokes in the same direction.

  • Wipe the entire surface one last time with a lint free cloth. This should remove any remaining streaks and leave the surface clear and shiny.

Tips & Warnings

  • Open windows in your home when cleaning glass surfaces. The ammonia smell can be overwhelming without fresh air circulating in a room.
  • Old cloth baby diapers make great window and glass cleaning rags.
  • For stubborn stains, such as those found on microwave and oven doors, rub a paste made from baking soda and water on the grime. Allow this to sit for a few minutes and then wash with soapy water and a sponge to remove the grime.
  • Paper towels can be substituted for the cloth or the newspaper. For large surfaces, this might not be the most economical way to go.
  • For large windows like patio doors, start at the top and work down with each process.

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