Guide to cleaning glass balustrades in winter
Although glass balustrades look incredible all year round, it is important to keep them clean regularly to prevent a build-up off too much dirt.
So here are our top tips for keeping your glass balustrade looking as perfect as the day it was installed, all year round!
How often should you clean a glass balustrade?
We recommend they should be cleaned once a month, to keep them in showroom condition. As with any household task, the longer you leave it, the more difficult it becomes.
Of course, that does mean getting out there in the winter months to keep them clean.
What equipment do you need?
You don’t need much, but a few simple household items will make the job a lot easier and deliver the best results.
We would recommend starting with: a bowl of lukewarm water, a sponge, two microfibre cloths, a spray bottle, glass cleaner (top tip: if you’re working in very cold conditions, then a car windscreen wash that is rated for freezing conditions works really well) and a rubber squeegee.
- Fill the bottle a third full with the windscreen wash, and fill the rest with water.
- Use the bowl of water and the sponge to get rid of the worst of the dirt on the glass.
- Spray your glass cleaner across the surface and wipe down with a microfibre cloth.
- Use the squeegee to get rid of any excess moisture
- Use the second microfibre cloth to rub away any streaks as quickly as possible.
It doesn’t take long once you get into a rhythm!
Clean when the sun isn’t out!
Even in winter, the sun will dry liquids much faster and will make the cleaning much streakier. This is why professional car detailers often arrive at jobs with a portable gazebo, to keep the sun’s rays off the metal and glass when they’re working.
A nice overcast day would be perfect:
How do I prevent streaky glass?
As mentioned above, avoiding the sun and rubbing away streaks asap with a dry, clean cloth is the best way to do it.
A lot of people bought electric window ‘vacuums’ a few years ago, but in reality, you’ll get just as good (if not better) results using the far cheaper equipment we’ve outlined here.