London glass merchants, suppliers and stockists of glass & mirrors
Osborn Glass, 33/34 High Street,
South Norwood, London, SE25 6HA
Call Osborn Glass, London Double Glazing
020 8653 2200

Cleaning Your Glass Splashback

Osborn Glass > Interior > Cleaning Your Glass Splashback

So you’re cooking in a hurry, or the lid wasn’t entirely on when you started blending, it’s fine these things happen. But now you’ve splattered all sorts over your glass splashback. Well, that is why it’s there.  When you come to clean said splashback, there are some useful things to know so you can avoid…

Glass splashback in a modern kitchen

So you’re cooking in a hurry, or the lid wasn’t entirely on when you started blending, it’s fine these things happen. But now you’ve splattered all sorts over your glass splashback. Well, that is why it’s there. 

When you come to clean said splashback, there are some useful things to know so you can avoid leaving behind streaks or irritating stains. There’s nothing worse than coming across that mark later and realising it’s much harder to get off. That might also be why you’re here, and we have some tips for the more stubborn marks too. 

You can apply these tips to other glass appliances in your kitchen too, such as your cooktop. 

How To Clean Your Glass Splashback Without Leaving Streaks 

 

Tip #1 Clean it Up Straight Away

Don’t be that person who makes a mess, looks at it and then decides to leave it, and even if you’re really busy, tackling the spill as quickly as possible will get you the best results. 

It will stop the likelihood of stains and more stubborn solids you might try to scrape off later.

Tip #2 Use a Good Quality Glass Cleaner or a White Vinegar Solution

For more stubborn stains and grit that has been left to harden over a longer time, you’re going to need to some stronger stuff. Glass cleaners such as Windex will prove their worth here. 

If you’re looking to make your own cleaner for a streak-free finish, then we’d suggest mixing one part white vinegar and three parts water and popping them into a spray bottle. You don’t need a spray bottle though; you can manually apply the liquid too. 

Extra greasy? If you’re trying to get some tough grease off of your splashback, then try baking powder with water until you get a light pasty consistency. Apply the mix over the surface, leave it half an hour and wipe off with a damp cloth, tackle residue with another application. 

Tip #3 Micro-fibre Cloths are the Tool of the Job

For your splashback, this type of cloth is going to do the job better than any other. The cloth’s vastly increased point of contact with the surface works wonders and will give you that streak-free finish. 

Tip #4 Wipe The Surface Down Post-Clean

The best things to use here are a dry lint-free cloth or if you have any newspaper lying around. Newspaper is excellent for wiping down glass surfaces and not leaving streaks, make sure to wear gloves, so the print doesn’t stain your hand. 

Tip #5 Don’t Work in Direct Sunlight

When the sun shines, it can be more tempting to clean, mostly because the sun reveals the dirt better. But don’t be too hasty with your glass splashback, cleaning in direct heat won’t give you the best results. 

The heat will dry out your surface, and if you’re using cleaning products on a hot surface, then you are going to get stains and streaks. So, try to wait until the sun goes in to get the rubber gloves on.  

Tip #6 Still Getting Streaks? Swap to Distilled Water

It could be your taps holding you back. Some tap water will have minerals that will cause streaks to appear after cleaning. Swap to distilled water and see the difference. 

Tip #7 Don’t use Abrasive Cloths

As tempting as it may be to pull out a scourer or another form of abrasive so clean away stains, don’t do it. Surface scratching, or worse, will ensure you can never get your splashback looking perfect. Stick to our above cloth tips.

Homemade cleaner made with lemons in a bottle.

How To Remove Burn Marks from a Glass Splashback 

 

  1. Scrape any excess burn off your glass splashback with a razor blade scraper. Hold the tool at a 45-degree angle to avoid scratching the surface. Remove as much of the scorch mark as possible.
  2. Then, mix up one part white vinegar with one part lemon juice in a spray bottle. You can add this to a spray bottle, or you can simply apply it manually. 
  3. Next, leave the solution for ten minutes before taking your moist microfiber washcloth and wiping the area down. 
  4. If that doesn’t do the trick, similar to our tough grease stain advice, we’re going back to the baking soda. Dampen the burned area before sprinkling a layer of baking soda over the mark. Let the baking soda sit for five minutes and then remove it with a sponge.

 

If You Reveal Scratch Marks or Discolouration, It Is Time for a Sealant Change

 

Should you find that cleaning reveals damage to your glass splashback, such as surface scratching or even chips, there’s no cleaning tip to help that. It may be that your sealant needs replacing, each splashback has a sealant over it which tends to need replacing around every five years. We’re always happy to help though, so if you need replacing your glass splashback, give our small and friendly team a call.