How To Clean Etched Glass

How To Clean Etched Glass

Etched glass is a type of decorative glass. The design can be cut into the surface of the glass in a few ways, such as by using acid, by sandblasting, or even using a glass etching cream.  Although the designs can be beautiful, etched glass can be very difficult to keep clean.  It is vulnerable to grease stains and can harbour a build-up of dirt and grime over time. With a little care and attention though, it is possible to keep it looking its best.

What Can I Use To Clean Etched Glass?

It’s important not to use anything too abrasive when cleaning etched glass, as you don’t want to damage the surface or if you’re cleaning windows or glass shower doors, the framing around it.

You can use –

  • glass cleaner (you could make your own or a ready-made one will also work well)
  • a clean rag, cloth or paper towel
  • lacquer thinner
  • a magic eraser

How To Clean Your Glass

  1. Apply a little lacquer thinner onto your clean rag or paper towel and lightly rub the dirty areas. If you’re cleaning windows, be sure not to make contact with any surrounding wooden frames.
  2. Let the glass dry to help the stain removal process. If the stains have disappeared once dry, then finish off by using glass cleaner.
  3. If there is still dirt or stains visible after the glass has dried, you could use a magic eraser. Wet the magic eraser and gently rub any tough areas. Once the stains have disappeared, finish by cleaning with a glass cleaner.
  4. For very persistent stains, you may need to repeat the process a few times.
  5. Finish by wiping your glass using a soft cloth – one that is lint free.

What Shouldn’t I Use To Clean Etched Glass?

When cleaning etched glass you should not:

  • use aggressive cleaning materials such as steel wool, abrasive, etc.
  • try to remove dirt or stains with a dry or dirty rag or cloth. This can scratch the glass.
  • apply excessive pressure as this may damage the surface of the glass.
  • use products containing hydrofluoric acid, fluorine, chlorine or ammonia derivatives, acidic or alkaline products as these can all damage the surface of the glass.