Stained Glass Window Cleaning

Stained glass windows are a work of art that has been around for hundreds of years. They’re powerful and evocative, even if they tend to evoke religious imagery. They’re not confined to that, of course, but it’s the part of the human experience they’re most associated with.


It’s not impossible to see beautiful stained glass elsewhere, though. Some old homes might have them on doors or windows. These get dirty like ordinary windows, and that means calling someone to handle the window cleaning Perth.


Of course, you could do it yourself, too. Professionals probably know how to handle things better, but when has that ever stopped people from trying to DIY things?


If you decide to handle it yourself, here are some tips to keep in mind.


First, you’ll need a lot of supplies. A large bowl, at least a gallon of distilled water, a microfiber cloth, and a gentle cleaning product will be necessary. You’ll want to avoid anything with ammonia, abrasives, or vinegar to minimise the risk of damaging the stained glass.


Towels by the windowsills to catch drips are essential. You can probably ignore these if you’re also cleaning the wall and floor at the same time, though.


The cloth you use should be wrung after being soaked. It’s better to clean glass with the cloth damp instead of wet. A wet towel doesn’t make things cleaner, and it just makes more of a mess and increases the risk of streaking and spots.


Rinse the cloth often while cleaning, to make sure you’re not just spreading dirt around.


You want to start at the top and work your way down. This is a logical progression because it lets you clean any drips that come down. Spot-test a tiny area of each new colour, just to make sure things are correctly bonded.


If the glass is leaded, you’ll want to wash each piece separately.


A cotton swab dipped in the soapy water mix is useful for cleaning around edges and corners. Cloth doesn’t do well in those areas, missing a lot of dirt and grime.


Use a soft paper towel to dry areas you’ve already washed. If paper towels aren’t available, a second cloth that’s soft and dry will do the job too.


Do this whole process for both the inside and outside. This makes the most of the effect. However, remember that stained glass tends to be covered by a protective layer on the outside, so you’re only able to clean the inside.