There are a lot of good reasons why it’s worth taking the time to keep your glass partitions in pristine condition. To begin with, it forms a key part of any first impressions for any visitors to your premises – clean glass partitions can look instantly impressive, but that can be quickly undermined if they’re marked with visible stains, streaks or blemishes.
The good news is that it’s really easy to keep your glass partitions in good condition, as long as you’re prepared with the right materials and knowledge. If it’s not something you’ve tackled before, here are some of our top tips to help you get started!
Preparing to clean your glass partitions
Well before you get started, it’s worth taking particular time to ensure that you use the right tools and materials – you can save yourself a lot of effort and hassle in the long run! So, we’d suggest:
- Use the right cloth. Microfibre cloths are the best choice because they absorb the cleaning fluid as you go, minimising the potential for those annoying streaks.
- Consider a specialist glass cleaner. Glass cleaners are a lot better than regular all-purpose sprays, because they’re much more gentle and less likely to result in scratches to the glass.
- Alternatively, opt for a natural alternative. One effective solution is a combination of white wine vinegar and water. Take one part vinegar and two parts water, and fill a pray bottle with it. Then, use a kitchen towel (or even better, a microfibre cloth), which should help deal with any potential for smears. It works particularly well if you’ve got any stains on cloudy glass partitions.
- Soap and water is another alternative you may want to consider, especially if your glass partitions are already cleaned regularly. Simply fill a bucket with warm water, and add a little soap – but don’t go overboard, as you can end up with streaks on the glass. It’s best to use this solution for the ironmongery, as these are normally made of stainless steel.
- Deal with dust by simply wiping it with a dry paper towel – you might be surprised at how well it works! It easily gets rid of all the buildup, without leaving any streaks on the glass.
Cleaning your glass partitions
It’s one of those deceptively simple jobs that seems like it shouldn’t need that much concentration – but it can be surprisingly easy to make a mistake that costs you just a bit more time to try and make right. So to avoid that, here’s what you can do.
- Start with the framework. It’s quite tricky not to end up smearing the glass when you’re cleaning the framework, so if you start with it then it means you’ll probably be able to save yourself time you’d otherwise spend having to go back over it. Don’t forget to use soap and water for the ironmongery!
- Work from top to bottom. This is another general rule of cleaning, but particularly important when applied to glass partitions, as it ensures that no dirty water can drip onto glass you’ve already cleaned. Ideally wipe in a reverse S-shape, which will help deal with any drips or streaking as you go.
- Make sure that your cleaning supplies are clean themselves. Otherwise if you start cleaning with dirty tools and materials, then yes, your glass partitions will probably not end up looking at their very best
- Always test any new solution before you start using it on the rest of the glass panel. Ideally, in a hard-to-see area, like one of the bottom corners. You’ll always want to ensure that the glass panel doesn’t react badly in any way.
- Don’t be afraid to call in the professionals if you’re struggling with a particular stain. Otherwise, you may find yourself at risk of accidentally damaging the glass, which is everyone’s worst nightmare!
Keeping your glass partitions clean
Cleaning your glass partitions isn’t a massively intensive job, although it can be time-consuming for one person to do alone. Thankfully, it shouldn’t need to be done too often, and establishing good habits amongst your team can help keep these cleaning intervals at a reassuring distance from each other.
- Switch from Blu-tack to White-Tac if you often use your glass partitions as a surface o stick paper or posters onto. Blu-Tack has an irritating habit of leaving greasy marks on surfaces once it’s removed (as many landlords can attest to!).
- Avoid leaning on the glass or touching it unnecessarily if you can avoid it, and encourage your team to try and do the same too. Fingerprints and similar marks are some of the most common blemishes you’ll probably find yourself cleaning from your glass partitions, so if you can minimise contact with it as much as you can, it should help keep them looking pristine for longer.
And speaking of the long-term, if you’re ever looking at replacing any of your glass partitions, or installing some new ones completely, you’re in exactly the right place. With around 20 years of experience behind us here at Altitude Glass, whatever you’ve got in mind for your project, you can trust our team to make it a reality.
You can choose from toughened glass, acoustic glass, or a variety of other options. Find out more about our products and sectors here, or just give us a call on 01254 812112 to get a free quote today. We’re here to help!