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How to Clean Frosted Glass: The Ultimate Guide

Updated: 05/31/2024

Frosted glass offers a beautiful balance of privacy and diffused light in homes and offices – frosted glass windows, shower enclosures, shelves and cabinets, commercial glass, and more. However, its textured surface can trap dust and grime, making cleaning a bit trickier than with regular glass.

So, how to clean frosted glass? This guide from Apex Tempered Glass gives you the knowledge and techniques to keep your frosted glass sparkling clean, without damaging the delicate finish.

Materials Needed

Here are the materials you should gather to clean your glass effectively:

  • Glass cleaner: Use an ammonia-based or alkaline glass cleaner. These formulas cut through grime and evaporate quickly to minimize streaks.
  • Paper towels: Useful for initial cleaning or drying stubborn grime.
  • Soft cloth: Frosted glass might get scratched when you’re wiping it dry. Therefore, microfiber cloths are ideal for their lint-free nature and gentle cleaning power.
  • Mild dish soap: Opt for a gentle, phosphate-free dish soap.
  • Spray bottle: Fill it with your chosen cleaning solution.
  • White vinegar: A natural cleaning powerhouse for tougher grime.
  • Baking soda (optional): A gentle abrasive for stubborn stains.
  • Bucket (optional): Needed when using a large amount of cleaning solution.

The Cleaning Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

The Cleaning Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

Now, let’s delve into the step-by-step cleaning process.

Remove the Dust

Begin by removing loose dust. This prevents the dust from turning into mud when it becomes wet.

Choose Your Cleaning Solution

  • The best option is to use an ammonia-based or alkaline glass cleaner.
  • For regular cleaning, a simple solution of warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap works wonders.
  • For tackling tougher grime, a vinegar solution (equal parts white vinegar and water) is a great natural alternative.

Spray the Frosted Glass

Generously spray the frosted glass surface with your cleaning solution. Ensure even coverage, especially for heavily soiled areas.

Let the Solution Sit

Allow the cleaning solution to sit on the glass for a few minutes. This gives it time to loosen dirt and grime and makes the cleaning process easier.

Gently Wipe the Glass

  • Paper towel power: Start by wiping the surface with a damp paper towel in circular motions. This will remove loosened dirt and grime without scratching the delicate texture.
  • Microfiber finish: Once you’ve removed the bulk of the grime with the paper towel, follow up with a microfiber cloth for a final polish. The microfiber cloth’s gentle touch ensures a streak-free, sparkling clean finish.

Clean the Edges and Frames

Clean the Edges and Frames

Pay attention to the edges and frames of the frosted glass, as these areas tend to accumulate grime. Use a damp microfiber cloth or a cotton swab dipped in your cleaning solution to clean these areas.


If using soap or a cleaner, rinse the glass to remove any residue. With a clean, damp microfiber cloth, wipe away the rinse water.

Dry Thoroughly

  • Microfiber cloth: Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth to buff the glass dry. This prevents streaks and ensures a sparkling finish.
  • Squeegee (for large surfaces): For larger frosted glass surfaces, consider using a squeegee to remove excess water and prevent streaks.

Buff and Shine

Once the glass is clean and dry, buff it with a clean, dry microfiber cloth to achieve a final shine.

Tackling Tougher Grime: Special Techniques

Tackling Tougher Grime: Special Techniques

For particularly stubborn grime, grease, or hard water stains, here are some methods to consider:

  • Vinegar paste: Make a paste with white vinegar and baking soda. Apply the paste to the stained area and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Scrub gently with a soft brush or a damp microfiber cloth, then rinse and dry thoroughly.
  • Baking soda scrub: For light scratches or water stains, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto a damp microfiber cloth and gently scrub the affected area. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
  • Commercial cleaning products: Consider using a commercially available frosted glass cleaner. However, always test the product in an inconspicuous area first to make sure it doesn’t damage the finish.

Things to Avoid When Cleaning Frosted Glass

Things to Avoid When Cleaning Frosted Glass

  • Harsh chemicals: Avoid abrasive and acidic cleaners. They can damage the frosted finish.
  • Steel wool, pumice stone, and scouring pads: These are too harsh and will scratch the delicate surface of frosted glass.
  • Excessive scrubbing: Scrubbing too hard can damage the frosted texture. Always use gentle circular motions and a light touch.
  • Hot water: Avoid using extremely hot water, as it can potentially warp the glass or loosen the frosted film (depending on the application method). Warm water is sufficient for most cleaning tasks.

Additional Tips for Maintaining Frosted Glass

Additional Tips for Maintaining Frosted Glass

Beyond the regular cleaning routine, here are some additional tips to help maintain the beauty and longevity of your frosted glass.

Regular Dusting

Regularly dust your frosted glass with a soft, dry microfiber cloth to prevent dust buildup.

Spot Cleaning

Address spills and splatters quickly to prevent them from staining the frosted surface.


In bathrooms with frosted glass doors or windows, make sure there’s proper ventilation to reduce moisture buildup and prevent mold growth.

Professional Cleaning

For heavily soiled or hard-to-reach frosted glass surfaces, consider hiring a professional cleaning service.

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The Benefits of Cleaning Frosted Glass Regularly

  • Improved aesthetics: Clean frosted glass allows for better light diffusion and enhances the overall aesthetics of your space.
  • Increased longevity: Regular cleaning removes dirt and grime, preventing them from deteriorating the frosted finish over time.
  • Enhanced visibility: Clean frosted glass allows for better visibility through the glass, improving safety and functionality.
  • Reduced maintenance needs: Regular cleaning prevents the need for harsh cleaning methods or professional cleaning services down the line.


By following these simple steps and keeping these tips in mind, you can effectively clean and maintain your frosted glass so it continues to provide privacy, diffused light, and a touch of elegance to your home or office for years to come.

Contact us today and choose your customized frosted glass to upgrade your space. Apex Tempered Glass provides a wide array of glass solutions made to meet your needs in the Illinois and Milwaukee areas. We have over 15 years of experience and pride ourselves on customer satisfaction.

Nina Tsoy

Finance And Operations

Nina leads Apex Tempered Glass, a company specializing in manufacturing all types of glass. Known for her strategic expertise and exceptional operational performance, Nina is committed to providing innovative solutions for any glass-related issue.


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