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Stylish and sleek, glass tables are a beautiful addition to any dining room. But a lot of their charm and appeal rests in looking pristine - and free of smudgy fingerprints - which can seem hard to maintain.

Thankfully, they’re actually incredibly simple to clean, with items that you may already have in your home and pantry.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Soft, lint-free cloths (preferably microfibre!)
  • A cleaning liquid of your choice. We recommend:
    • Vinegar
    • Mild liquid dish detergent
    • A window or glass cleaner
  • Distilled water
  • Newspapers
  • Optional: Plastic spoon or card
  • Optional: Rubbing alcohol

Once you’ve gotten everything ready, remove any objects you might have on the table so you can get a thorough clean. Then wipe the table with a dry, lint-free cloth to get rid of any dust, not forgetting to clean under your glass table top to really get a crystal clear look.

1. Use plastic to scrape off stubborn substances

If you have any stuck-on substances, you can gently scrape them off with either a plastic spoon or card (plastic will not scratch your glass table top) or use hot water and a cloth to try dislodging them. If needed, add a little dish-washing detergent at this point, especially if your table is very greasy.

The process of cleaning a glass table with a cloth and cleaning spray
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2. Clean your glass table top without leaving any streaks

If you’re using a commercial glass cleaner, just follow the instructions on the bottle. If you’d prefer a more homemade, but very effective spin - mix a solution of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. You can start with a 50:50 ratio, and add more vinegar if it isn’t working as well as you’d like, as vinegar can even be used undiluted if need be.

Spray your cleaning liquid onto the surface of your table, and then either use a microfibre cloth to wipe it down, or a crumpled piece of newspaper to really avoid leaving any streaks or dust. You can also use the cloth first, before buffing out any marks left behind with newspaper, if you’d prefer. And importantly, if the table top includes wood or metal features, pay special attention to drying those areas to avoid any rust or rot.

3. Deep cleaning a cloudy glass table top

If your table has acquired a cloudy or filmy look over time, it may need a deeper clean. You can do this by mixing a solution of water (1 cup), rubbing alcohol (1 cup) and white vinegar (about 1 tablespoon or so) in your trusty spray bottle, and wiping your table down as before. This mixture should restore the shine and get rid of the film.

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