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How to Clean Tempered Glass: The Ultimate Guide to Sparkling Tempered Glass

Updated: 05/31/2024

At Apex Tempered Glass, we’re passionate about the beauty and functionality of tempered glass. But keeping it spotless can sometimes feel like a chore. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you achieve a streak-free shine effortlessly. Discover the secrets to cleaning tempered glass and enjoy its crystal-clear brilliance.

Choosing the Right Cleaners

Choosing the Right Cleaners

Selecting the appropriate cleaner is crucial for maintaining the shine of tempered glass. Here are your best options:

  • Microfiber cloths: These lint-free cloths are ideal for gently removing dust, fingerprints, and smudges without scratching the surface.
  • Distilled water: This is a safe and effective option for most cleaning needs.
  • Dish soap: A diluted solution of dish soap in water is excellent for tackling greasy fingerprints and light grime. (Mix 2-3 drops of dish soap with a cup of water)
  • Commercial glass cleaners: Opt for a brand specifically formulated for tempered glass to ensure it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals like ammonia or abrasives.

Avoid these tempered glass cleaners:

  • Abrasive cleaners: These can scratch the surface, leaving it dull and prone to future stains.
  • Vinegar or acidic solutions: These can damage the oleophobic coating present on some tempered glass, especially electronics, which repels fingerprints and smudges.
  • Paper towels or tissues: These can leave behind lint and scratches and defeat the purpose of cleaning.

Cleaning Procedures

Cleaning Procedures

These are the general steps for cleaning tempered glass:

  1. Gather your supplies: Microfiber cloth, chosen cleaning solution (distilled water, diluted dish soap, or commercial glass cleaner).
  2. Turn off electronics: If cleaning a phone or TV screen, make sure it’s powered down to avoid accidental activation.
  3. Dust the surface: Use a dry microfiber cloth to gently remove dust particles.
  4. Apply the cleaning solution: Lightly dampen your microfiber cloth with your chosen solution, ensuring it’s not dripping wet.
  5. Wipe the surface: Use gentle, circular motions to clean the entire surface.
  6. Buff dry: Use a clean, dry section of the microfiber cloth to buff the surface until it’s completely dry and streak-free.

Cleaning Solutions Based on Application

Application Recommended Cleaning Solution
Shower doors Diluted dish soap solution or commercial glass cleaner specifically designed for shower doors (prevents water spots)
Furniture and appliances Distilled water, diluted dish soap solution, or commercial glass cleaner
Electronics (phones, tablets, TVs) Distilled water or commercial glass cleaner specifically formulated for electronics

Tempered Glass Cleaning Tips

  • Always work in small sections to ensure even cleaning and prevent streaks.
  • Clean tempered glass regularly to prevent dust and grime buildup.
  • For heavily soiled areas, repeat the cleaning process with a slightly dampened microfiber cloth.
  • Never apply cleaning solutions directly to the tempered glass surface.

Removing Stubborn Stains

For tougher stains like dried food residue or watermarks, follow these steps:

  1. Pre-treat the stain: Apply a small amount of the chosen cleaning solution directly to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
  2. Gently scrub the stain: Use a soft, damp sponge in circular motions to loosen the stain. Avoid using abrasive scrubbers, which can scratch the surface.
  3. Rinse and dry: Rinse the area with clean water and dry thoroughly with a clean microfiber cloth.

Removing Specific Stains

Stain Cleaning Method
Sticky residue Apply rubbing alcohol to a microfiber cloth and wipe the stain gently.
Watermarks Use a vinegar and water solution (equal parts) on a microfiber cloth and buff dry. (Not recommended for electronics)
Hard water stains Apply a commercial glass cleaner formulated for hard water stains and follow the product instructions.



By following these simple steps and recommendations, you can effectively clean your tempered glass surfaces, maintaining their pristine clarity and enhancing their aesthetic appeal.

Ready to enhance your space with Apex Tempered Glass? We’re based in Chicago and we specialize in manufacturing tempered glass. We’re here to provide customized solutions tailored to your needs while prioritizing safety and innovation. Contact us today for a free quote.

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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