Does Your Stained Glass Need Cleaning?
The DIY revolution is here! It seems like almost anything can be done at home these days if you have some time, a budget and the trusty help of Google. Stained glass cleaning is no different. There are so many articles out there about how to clean your stained glass yourself, that it is almost hard to know which one to trust. And you should take it with a grain of salt. But whether or not you should clean your own stained glass really comes down to:
a. exactly what needs to be done and
b. whether or not doing it yourself is good for your health and the health of your stained glass.
To find out when to clean your stained glass yourself and when to hire a professional–keep reading.
When And How To Clean Stained Glass Yourself
Stained glass is a surprisingly durable material, however, you really need to be cautious when touching it or cleaning it. If you simply want to get rid of some dust on your stained glass, then, by all means, use a duster and lightly sweep away cobwebs and other dust. In the case that your stained glass needs a bit more cleaning, you can use a basic dish soap and water to get rid of light grim. Just make sure you are in a solid position, not on a ladder or window sill, so you don’t fall into the glass. Clean by gently rubbing each pane of glass from the inside out with an up and out motion. But BE CAREFUL and never scrub the glass. You likely want to go back through each piece with a wet soapless clothe to “rinse” any residue left on the glass from cleaning too.
When Not To Clean Your Stained Glass Yourself
Like we said above–stained glass can hold up pretty well but caution is important if you want your stained glass to have a long life. The best idea for stained glass cleaning is really, to call a professional like Kansas City Stained Glass. Below are solid reasons you absolutely need to call a professional.
-Your stained glass is more than 50 years old
-Your stained glass shows any signs of sagging, cracks, gaps or other disrepair
-Your stained glass does not come clean with soap and water. *Remember, the chemicals it takes to get rid of extremely tarnished stained glass can be very harmful to you or your family
-Your stained glass is up high or in a hard to reach area
-Your stained glass is visibly very tarnished–soap and water simply won’t work on layers of caked on grime
If you are ready to get your stained glass looking like new but don’t want to deal with the hassle and danger of cleaning it yourself, remember, there are experts to do it for you. Keep in mind also that a simple cleaning is much less expensive than an extensive repair should you damage your stained glass doing it yourself. Contact Stained Glass Kansas City today for a free stained glass cleaning estimate!