Cleaning glass sliding doors

Fingerprints and dust are quickly visible on glass. Find out here how best to clean glass doors and what to bear in mind when caring for a sliding glass door.

Cleaning glass doors

On clear glass, impurities are clearly visible. Clear glass must often be cleaned to remove dirt. Fingerprints collect quickly, especially around the area of the door handle. Large sliding glass doors, such as the outside of the balcony door, require more intensive care to remove water stains and dirt. To remove dirt well from the glass door, glass doors should always be wiped with a damp cloth. Rubbing dirt without water could otherwise cause small scratches on the glass pane. The water should be cold to lukewarm. The warmer the water, the faster it dries. This causes streaks. Therefore, when cleaning the sliding glass door on the balcony, it is better to avoid cleaning in direct sunlight. It is better not to clean the glass pane in the blazing midday sun. Also: Do not clean too wet. If the cleaning cloth is too wet, the water can run into the frame of the sliding glass door. Depending on the material, this can cause damage that can also affect the mechanism of the sliding glass door and cause problems.

Cleaning cloth

Use a lint-free and soft cleaning cloth or sponge. Therefore, do not use scratchy sponges or paper towels. After cleaning: Use a polishing cloth for glass to re-polish the glass pane.

Our recommendation: Basically, we recommend our uniquely soft and caring GRIFFWERK cleaning sponge for every cleaning of your glass door or sliding glass door.


You can use common glass cleaners to clean the glass pane. Acetic acid essence diluted with water is just as helpful as a vinegar cleaner. Important: The cleaning agent must not contain any additional small particles, as is the case with scouring agents. This would scratch the window pane. Squeeze the cloth well so that it no longer drips. Clean the entire glass door with the cleaning agent in circular motions. Then wipe the glass with clean water. Cleaning window panes with detergent alone, without polishing them afterwards, rarely works. Polishing is very important to remove streaks on the pane. Use a dry towel or a special polishing cloth for glass. Another way to minimise water streaks is to clean the glass with distilled water. Avoid rust on door fittings: Take special care that no water runs into the door fittings.

Cleaning satin glass doors

Frosted glass doors: Matt satin glass is produced by two different processes. One possibility is to laser the glass pane. Alternatively, the glass door can be sandblasted - in both cases, the surface of the glass pane is roughened to create frosted glass. This effect can also be achieved by etching the entire surface. Glass doors made of frosted glass are best cleaned with a mild cleaning agent so as not to destroy the surface seal. Acidic cleaners should not be used on frosted glass. When cleaning frosted glass, never press too hard with a cloth.

Cleaning Foiled Glass Doors

Some glass doors are covered with foils. In order not to damage and loosen the foils, it is very important not to clean too wet. It is sufficient if the cleaning cloth is only damp. For foils: Do not press too hard with the cleaning cloth and carefully wipe dry with a towel.