Scouring and scrubbing is one of the key tasks to keep an office or home equipment or a surface made of glass clean, right? Although you might be having the best intentions of maintaining tidiness, some cleaning procedures are blunders, which can actually end up with more harm than good. Take for an example, washing glass internal glass on a sunny day may be one of the major reasons as to why we have stubborn streaks you occasionally see on a glass. Nevertheless, if you are aware of some common internal glass cleaning mistakes can really help protect your investment in your office or home. As the saying goes, it is far much better to prevent damage than trying to repair it latter after the occurrence of a foreseen incident. But, what are some the common mistakes you need to avoid on internal glass cleaning?
11 mistakes to avoid on internal glass cleaning
The following are the top 11 mistakes that you need to avoid as much as possible when cleaning an internal glass surface:
#1. Scrubbing a glass with a steel wool
In most cases, steel wool is one the most common washing material in many homes. It is quite unfortunate to note that some people might think that they can as well use it remove stubborn spots on a glass surface. In this regard, be warned that the use of a steel wool will probably scratch your glass and leave it unpleasant marks. Instead, you are required to use vinyl sponge if you need to get rid of hard-to-remove dirt.
#2. Using paper towels to shine
Normally, after you have removed grease or stains on any other surface, you can make it shine better with the aid of cleaner dipped with ammonia or vinegar. However, power towel should not be used to wipe off the above cleaners if the surface in question is made of glass. This is because paper towels breaks down leaving lint all over. In essence, you need to use something that is exceedingly absorbent but does not break down easily. Some of the recommended options to consider include microfiber cloths, newspapers, and many more.
#3. Forgetting to buff
Once your glass surface is clean and shiny, it is the right time to bluff it. However, most people forget this awesome procedure. Bluffing is simply wiping the internal glass surface again with a lint-free material (cloth) or special polishing cloth. As a matter of fact, this last stage wipes off all lint and minimizes streaks.
#4. Cleaning a glass surface on a sunny environment
As stated in the introductory section, cleaning a surface made of a glass increases the chances of damaging it. Similarly, if you clean an internal glass on a sunny day, due to the excessive heat of the sun, the cleaning solutions that you have used will dry too fast and leaves streaks on the glass. Therefore, avoid cleaning glasses during a weather conditions.
#5. The use of lemon and vinegar juice when cleaning everything
Nowadays, there is a great emphasis that organic cleaning products offer mild results. The truth of the matter is that concentrated juices from the above fruits are acidic in nature can there is higher chances that will damage surfaces made of marble, onyx/glass, travertine, and limestone. Indeed, they usual make glass surfaces appear permanently dull. However, you can use vinegar solution (preferably 1 tablespoon vinegar mixed with about 1 gallon of water) to remove water scales and soap scum from glass surfaces.
#6. Thinking that every cleaner is a disinfectant
Most people think that all cleaning solutions available in the market are created equally. If have this mind, you will end up cleaning any glass surface with any available cleaner, exposing to it damages. However, the truth of the matter is that there are specific disinfectant and cleaners for cleaning a glass surface.
#7. Using glass cleaning products without reading the label
One of the most common mistakes when using any cleaning product is to assume you know how to use it. In a similar way, some people go the market to shop for the latest glass cleaning products, and when back home/office, they start using without reading even the first sentence of the intrusion manual. In fact, at the back of their minds, they assume that, the same procedure as the previous product is followed. The truth of the matter is that even the simplest cleaning products come with an instruction manual and hazard warnings. Therefore, you are advised to read and understand the labels so that you can know how the product works.
#8. Excessive use of glass cleaners
As stated in the previous section, some people think that every cleaner does well on every surface. But, there are some people who know that. However, there is one common mistake: excessive use of glass cleaners thinking that it will clean faster as well as able to remove all the dirt. The truth of the matter is that a little bit of the recommended glass cleaner does it all!
#9. Cleaning using hard water
The use of hard water to clean office and home surfaces is very common in Singapore. Similarly, cleaning a surface made of glass would result into a messy work! Actually, using distilled water is the key. Generally, distilled water is considered soft water and it does not have minerals and other impurities that usually leave behind streaky deposits.
#10. Cleaning while in hurry
Another mistake that most people commit is doing things while in hurry. Bearing in mind the fragility of a glass surface, it is highly advisable that you take your time as well as demonstrating high level carefulness while cleaning.
#11. Thinking that you can clean better a glass cleaning expert
It is common knowledge that most people in Singapore engaging in DIY tasks, probably because they want to save money that would have otherwise spend on hiring a professional glass cleaner. Yes, you will save a lot, but there some glass cleaning tasks that seem quite challenging to be undertaken by just anyone with the enough cleaning energy! Nowadays, there are tens and hundreds of glass cleaning companies offering state-of-the-heart cleaning services.
From the aforementioned, it is clear that cleaning an internal glass requires a high level of preparedness. Otherwise, if you commit any of the above mistakes, there are high chances that you are going to damage it.