10
Apr

How do you protect glass countertops?

Kitchen Glass Countertops

If you’ve read this blog often enough, you’ve probably learned a lot about glass when used for bathroom and kitchen counters. For example, the glass is thick and durable enough that it won’t buckle under heat and everyday use, even in the kitchen. 

All that said, glass counters can still benefit from precautionary measures, just like any other counter material. What should you do to keep your new glass counters in excellent, usable condition?

Let’s explore.

Keep Counters Clean

Bathroom Glass Countertops

You can set aside the heavy-duty, chemical-laden cleaners, as glass counters don’t require them. It only takes some dish soap and water to lend your glass bathroom or kitchen counters that just-new shine.

You should only clean with microfiber cloths. Anything more abrasive can leave the glass with fine scratches across the surface where you scoured. 

Limit Direct Contact with the Glass

The fewer items you put directly on the glass, the better. That’s not to say glass can’t handle cutting boards, pots and pans, and cooking trays in the kitchen, but a layer between these items and the glass counter is best. 

You might lay out a clean dish cloth or use a cork cover over the glass, especially when you’ll be slicing and dicing. This will ensure that if your cutting hand accidentally slides off the board, you don’t have to worry about slicing the knife into the glass counter. 

Clean Spills Immediately 

Recycled Glass Countertops

Here’s one of glass’s biggest benefits: it’s nonporous and doesn’t stain. Some people take that to mean that if you spill something on the glass, you can come back to it hours or even days later to clean it up. 

Sometimes, you get really busy in the kitchen or bathroom, especially if you’re trying to clean the entire house before company comes over and only have so much time to dedicate to each room. 

However, leaving stains is not a good practice to get into. They might not permanently affect glass, but stains can seep into other nearby surfaces and might discolor those. Plus, depending on what you spilled, the stain can attract ants, fruit flies, and other unwanted critters. 

You can use dish soap and a microfiber cloth to lift most spills on glass surfaces, so cleaning up after a spill is quick and practically effortless. 

Minimize Heat Exposure 

Glass surfaces can withstand temperatures of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperatures should never get that hot in the bathroom, but what about your glass kitchen counters?

If you cook meals or desserts at high temps exceeding 300 degrees, you should always allow the tray or pan to cool on another surface before moving it to the glass counter. For example, you can place the tray on top of your burner. 

You shouldn’t leave the tray or pan in the oven. Even when you turn the oven off, the items within continue to cook. Your meal might be cooked to the peak of doneness, but it can burn with prolonged oven time. It’s also easier for the item to maintain a hot temperature. 

Know How to Buff Out Scratches 

Even if you take great care of glass, sometimes the worst happens, and a few fine scratches may appear on the surface of your counter. You can be crestfallen at the realization, as you’ll feel that the scratches take away from your counter’s beauty. 

Fortunately, you can easily buff out most scratches, whether on the kitchen or bathroom counter. However, be aware that these methods only work for light surface scratches. If your counter has suffered deep gouges, you can’t buff them out as easily.

The first method involves using a common bathroom item, toothpaste. Clean the glass counter, blotting it dry with a clean microfiber cloth or allowing it to air-dry.

Next, dampen a rag (doesn’t have to be microfiber, but it’s better if it is) and squeeze out a dime-sized amount of toothpaste onto the rag. Begin rubbing over the scratch, rotating the rag around and around. 

Apply some pressure, but don’t press down hard. Rub the scratch for 30 seconds, then stop. Clean up the toothpaste residue and assess the state of the scratch. Repeat as needed.

The second method involves mixing warm water with up to two tablespoons of baking soda. The mixture will turn paste-like. Place the paste onto the scratch and then rub with a damp microfiber cloth. Again, go in a circle and apply some pressure. 

Stop after about 30 seconds to see if the baking soda and water paste did the trick. 

Don’t Drop or Slam Items 

While knowing how to remove scratches on glass will go a long way toward increasing your counter’s longevity, being careful to prevent scratches in the first place is helpful. Avoid slamming or dropping items onto the counter, whether on purpose or accidentally.

Make sure the rest of your household knows about this rule, especially the kiddos. You might instruct them to stay away from the counters or how to use items gently around the glass. 

Keep Pets Off

Although harder to enforce, your four-legged friends should know better than to go on the counter. Tall dogs can easily reach a counter, and cats can leap and climb. Keep the bathroom door closed when you’re in there to prevent pets on those counters and train your pets not to touch glass kitchen counters.  

Order Your Glass Counters at CBD Glass 

Glass kitchen and bathroom counters are easy to maintain and take little of your time since they don’t stain or require a specialized cleaner. CBD Glass in Toronto specializes in glass accent items for the office and home, with our glass counters a number-one seller. 

You can configure all design elements of the counters, including the shape, size, color, glass thickness, and whether the glass has LED lights or texturing. Call us today to learn more, or request your quote.