Quick Reference Guide to Cleaning Glass Products

The following are things to Do:

Do clean glass when dirt and residue appear.

Do exercise special care when cleaning glass surfaces.

Do avoid cleaning glass surfaces in direct sunlight.

Do start cleaning at the top of the building and continue to lower levels.

Do soak the glass surface with a clean water and soap solution to loosen dirt and debris. 

Do use a mild, non-abrasive glass cleaner or mild detergent to wash glass.

Do use a squeegee to remove all of the cleaning solution.

Do dry all cleaning solution from window gaskets, sealants and frame.

Do clean one small window and check to see if procedures have caused any damage.

Do be aware of and follow the glass supplier’s specific cleaning recommendations.

Do caution other trades against allowing other materials to contact the glass.

Do watch for and prevent conditions that can damage the glass.

The following are things to Not Do:

Do Not use scrapers or razor blades of any size or type for cleaning glass or to remove sealant compound.

Do Not allow dirt and residue to remain on glass for an extended period of time.

Do Not clean glass in direct sunlight.

Do Not allow water or cleaning residue to remain on the glass or adjacent materials.

Do Not begin cleaning without rinsing excessive dirt and debris.

Do Not use abrasive cleaning solutions or materials including strong solutions.

Do Not allow metal parts of cleaning equipment to contact the glass.

Do Not trap abrasive particles between the cleaning materials and the glass surface.

Do Not allow other trades to lean tools or materials against the glass surface.

Do Not allow splashed materials to dry on the glass surface.

Do Not use any petroleum based cleaners or solvents.

Do Not use a high pressure spray nozzle when rinsing glass.

Certain so called mild detergents contain properties that will cause harm to the insulated glass seal. Check the product to ensure it is not formulated with harmful solutions.