Stained glass windows are different from typical windows; they generally require minimal cleaning. A simple dusting now and then will do, or, when needed, they can be wiped clean using distilled water on a soft cloth. Distilled water should be used because hard water can spot the glass. Meanwhile, apply the distilled water to the soft cloth rather than spraying the glass. A damp cloth is best; don’t use an overly wet one. Even though you may be tempted to use ammonia or vinegar or steel wool or scouring pads to clean stained glass windows, these are all things that can overwhelm the glass and could easily ruin it. Keep it simple and delicate.
Take Your Time Cleaning Stained Glass Windows
Cleaning stained glass takes time. You can do each piece of glass separately and then dry them off with a dry rag dabbed with a small amount of a substance called “dry whiting.” Use Q-tips to get into corners, and if the glass is textured, use an old, soft toothbrush for the cleaner, followed by another toothbrush with the whiting. If you notice that the lead or zinc cames look dull gray or black, this is normal– they are supposed to look like that. While cleaning, it’s also a good time to pay attention to the glazing putty to make sure it’s all intact or if it needs repairs.
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