School’s out and kids are home for the summer. Chances are they’re running outdoors having a blast with their friends in the warm weather. But if you own a glass sliding door, then you know you’re in for a bit of trouble. From running in and out of the house, your glass is bound to get marked up with fingerprints from your little loved ones. Don’t fret! We’ve got your simple cleanup steps:

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Step 1. Prep the screen door
Before erasing fingerprints for your glass sliding doors, attack the dust on your screen door. We recommend you use a feather duster to carefully wipe away dust and dirt. This will also help avoid dust from getting stuck to your glass doors after taking the time to clean them.

Step 2. Start with water
Once you dust off your screen door, apply water to your glass doors. Sometimes smudges can be cleaned by soaking a sponge or washcloth in cold water and wiping it away. Feel free to mix ¼ teaspoon of mild soap in the water. If you still spy fingerprints, try this next method.

Step 3. Apply vinegar
Vinegar is a natural cleaner that you probably already have in your cupboard. It’s also chemical free and doesn’t give off a harsh odor. Mix ¼ cup of white wine vinegar with one gallon of water, soak a sponge or cloth in the mixture, and wipe away those stubborn prints.

Step 4. Try Windex
If all else fails, turn to your commercial cleaner. Windex tends to eliminate fingerprints and dust better than other cleaners on the market, but it can also leave a film if you don’t swipe the glass properly. That being said, we recommend using a squeegee at the end of the cleanup process.

Keeping your glass sliding doors clean is important, but so is choosing quality glass. At Action Glass, we are a full service glass company with over 45 years of experience with installations and repairs. We offer mirrors, windows, sliding glass doors, skylights, table tops, and more! For more information on our services, call 800-24-GLASS or visit us on the web.