How to Clean the Glass in a Picture Frame

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Handle the glass carefully, or it may break.
Handle the glass carefully, or it may break. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Over time, picture frames collect dust. They also can become smudged with fingerprints if handled frequently. No one wants to look at their favorite picture through a haze of dust, dirt and smudges. Clean the glass in your picture frames on a regular basis. In fact, it's a good idea to clean your picture frames every time you dust. Don't just wipe your dust rag over the glass, however. Use a glass cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water to make them really sparkle.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean rag
  • Spray bottle
  • Commercial glass cleaner or vinegar and water
  • Liquid dish soap

Turn the picture frame upside down on a soft surface. Remove the back, photo and glass. Some frames have little metal tabs that you will have to bend back in order to remove the backing.

Clean both sides of the glass with a soft rag, not a paper towel, which can leave fibers and even scratch the glass. Use a commercial glass-cleaning product or a solution made of 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar and a squirt of liquid dish soap.

Handle the glass by the edges while it dries. Then, place it back into the frame. Add the photo and close it up securely by bending the tabs back into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not spray your cleaning solution directly on the glass if it is still in the frame. Moisture may drip down into the frame, causing damage.
  • Ensure that the glass is dry on both sides before replacing it in the frame, or you can damage your art or photo.

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