11 ways to clean outside glass railings
Outdoor spaces with clear glass deck railings can offer an unparalleled sense of openness. Yet, keeping those glass panels spotless and gleaming is often a challenge. Here are eleven (11) essential tips for cleaning glass railings and ensuring that your deck railing presents unobstructed views of the beautiful surroundings.
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1. Regular maintenance is key
To preserve the brilliance of your glass railing systems, regular maintenance is a must. This not only means cleaning your glass but also inspecting the entire railing system. The key to glass railing cleaning is to wipe down the panels at least once a week to remove dust and dirt.
2. Use a handheld vacuum
Sounds a bit odd and may not be 100% feasible, depending on the location of your glass railings; however, a handheld vacuum can be your best friend when dealing with loose dirt or cobwebs. Before wet-cleaning, run the vacuum over the glass panels and railing system to ensure all loose particles are removed.
3. White vinegar solution
One of the most tried-and-true cleaning solutions for glass panels is a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar. This solution effectively breaks down grease and grime. Spray it onto the glass, let it sit for a minute, and then wipe away with a lint-free cloth.
4. Baking soda for tough spots
For more stubborn spots, like bird droppings or dried rain marks, a paste made from baking soda and water can be applied. Gently scrub the area with the paste using a soft cloth, then rinse and dry.
5. Liquid dish soap for deep cleaning
For a deep cleaning session, especially if it's been a while since the last cleanse, or if the glass railing has been exposed to a particularly dirty environment, using a solution of warm water and a few drops of liquid dish soap can be very effective. It cuts through grease and leaves the glass panels looking sparkling clean.
6. Microfiber cloth for streak-free shine
When wiping down your glass, whether it's for regular maintenance or a deep cleaning, using a microfiber cloth is essential. These cloths don't leave streaks and can effectively remove dirt without scratching the tempered glass.
7. Deal with bird droppings promptly
Bird droppings can be unsightly and, if left for too long, can become a challenge to remove. As soon as you spot them, remove them with the baking soda method or the dish soap solution to ensure your exterior glass railings stay pristine.
8. Clean the sliding glass door rail
One surface area that is often overlooked is the sliding glass door rail. Dirt and debris can accumulate in these rails, making your doors harder to slide. Use a small brush to dislodge any dirt, followed by the white vinegar solution or dish soap mixture to cleanse.
9. Inspect and clean the railing system
While the focus is often on the glass panels, the railing system itself shouldn't be neglected. Dust, rust, or other blemishes can detract from the beauty of your outdoor space. Regularly inspect and clean the rails, ensuring they complement your spotless glass.
10. Use DFI’s Glass Restoration Powder™
For particularly hard water spots caused by sprinklers, salt water near the ocean, and chlorine from pools, Restoration Powder™ is the way to go. The formulated solution is specifically made for removing stains that have etched themselves into the glass. All that’s needed is a little water, a scrubber pad, and some good old elbow grease (depending on how deep the stains are).
11. Protect with DFI’s Clear-Fusion™ V
Finally, after ensuring your glass railings are spotless, protect them with DFI’s Clear-Fusion™ V. This protective treatment is designed specifically for glass, both indoors and outdoors. Not only does it provide a barrier against dirt, dust, and other contaminants, but it also makes future cleaning sessions easier. This means more time enjoying your outdoor space and less time cleaning.
And if you’re looking for an all-in-one glass restoration and protection kit, check out DFI’s Glass Defender™ Kit. It has everything you need to remove unsightly stains from the surface and then protect it with a glass coating, keeping it clean and clear for the long-term.
Having a clear glass deck railing can significantly enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor space, offering unobstructed views of your surroundings. However, to maintain this clarity, one must invest time in proper cleaning and maintenance.
With the right cleaning solutions and techniques, and by giving the glass the protection it needs with glass railing cleaners and protectant products like Clear-Fusion™ V or Glass Defender™ Kit, your exterior glass railings will remain a clear window to the world outside.