If you have custom glass in your home, special care and attention is required when cleaning it. This is especially true if the glass covers a surface made of a different material. A common example is a wood dining table topped with glass. If you have this type of custom glass installation in your home, take the time to clean it often and properly with these recommendations from Glass Doctor®.
Why Cover Your Wood Table with Glass?
If you just invested in a new dining room table, don’t you want it to look nice for as long as possible? You could use a tablecloth, but this covers up the beautiful wood grain.
A good compromise is to put a piece of custom glass on your wood table. The grain shows through, but the glass serves as an effective buffer to protect the table from spills, scratches, watermarks, and more. When life happens at your dining room table, a custom glass top is a great solution.
How to Clean Custom Glass Tabletops
When the top of the glass becomes dirty, cleaning it is easy. You can safely use water and soap to remove spills and grime. Then, finish with glass cleaner to leave the surface looking spotless.
While surface cleaning is effective most of the time, the wood table underneath may off-gas and leave a filmy residue that fogs up the glass. The only way to wipe off the underside is to remove the glass from the table. Follow these steps for custom glass cleaning:
- Carefully lift the glass off the table with the help of another person. Depending on the size of your table, the glass could weigh close to 100 lbs.
- Lean the glass against a nearby wall with the underside facing outward. Spray glass cleaner and wipe the surface clean with a microfiber cloth.
- With the glass removed, now’s your chance to clean the exposed table surface. Wipe up crumbs with a damp cloth. Then, mix 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a spray bottle to make your own natural wood cleaner. Shake the solution and spray a liberal amount on the table. Wipe the surface clean with a microfiber cloth. Let the wood dry thoroughly before placing the glass back on the table.
If you decide a custom glass table topper is right for you, keep these precautions in mind:
- Have the glass cut 1/4-inch wider than the tabletop’s dimensions to help prevent crumbs from collecting beneath the surface.
- If crumbs do become trapped under the wood, suck them out with the brush attachment of a vacuum or push them out with a pipe cleaner.
- Use felt or clear plastic spacers to allow air to flow between the glass and wood surfaces. This helps prevent warping or cracking with temperature and humidity changes. If you use plastic spacers, shift the custom glass slab every few months so the spacers don’t bond to the wood finish.
- You may need to use placemats when eating to cut down on the sound of cups and silverware clinking on the glass surface. Placemats also help protect the glass from being scratched.
- When serving hot or cold dishes at the table, place them on insulated trivets. This helps prevent condensation from forming on the underside of the glass, which could damage the wood table surface.
- When cleaning custom glass, take care not to get chemicals on the wood table.
If you’re interested in having a piece of custom glass cut for your dining room table, please contact Glass Doctor to learn more about our services.