by Jessica Gezon
If you're looking for a quick way to update your living room, you might consider adding a glass coffee table. Placing a coffee table in any room is an easy way to add storage space and invites guests to stay and enjoy a beverage. Glass coffee tables are a great choice because they don't weigh down a room; the light-reflective surface can brighten any area. Cleaning a glass coffee table, however, can be somewhat of a challenge. Don't let the fear of a dirty table keep you from choosing glass. Read on for tips on how to clean a glass coffee table, and then choose the table that strikes your fancy.
Clear everything off the tabletop. You can't clean effectively if you're trying to steer your cleaning cloth around magazines or mugs. Set tabletop clutter aside to make sure you get your glass coffee table as clean as possible.
Wipe the tabletop with a clean, dry cloth. Remove any spilled salt, dust and other non-sticky spills before getting the table wet.
Spray water or a glass cleaner on the tabletop. Keep in mind that some cleaning products will leave streaks on glass, so make sure to use one designed specifically for glass or opt for plain hot water. You can either spray your cleaner from a squirt bottle or dip a clean cloth into a bucket full of water or your choice of cleaner.
Wipe the table dry with a clean, dry cloth. If you find yourself with lint or dust sticking to the table, set aside your cloth and grab some old newspaper. Crumple the newspaper into a ball and use it as you would a cloth; scrub spots on the tabletop and wipe repeatedly until dry.
Move on to chemicals. If you've done a once over with water and the tabletop is still dirty, but you don't like the harsh chemicals in commercial cleaners, there's still a good option. Mix a solution of vinegar and water (one part of each) and spray or sprinkle it on your glass coffee table; then wipe clean with a newspaper.
Give your table added shine. Make buffing with a fresh piece of newspaper your final step. This makes sure any and all fluff is removed from the tabletop and makes the glass sparkle.