How to Clean a Black Glass Table – Without Streaks

How to clean a black glass table

Black glass tables are stunning, however, it can be frustrating how quickly they look dirty. The beautiful, reflective nature of black glass means that streaks, lint, and dust stand out. Thankfully, there are a few tricks that make it painless to clean your table. Use a vinegar solution and a microfiber cloth to leave black glass looking streak-free and dustless. To remove dried-on dirt, use a baking soda and water paste to gently agitate the dirt off your table. 

There are also a number of preventative measures that you can take to keep your black glass table looking shiny and new. 

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How to Clean a Black Glass Table

Things You’ll Need: 

Surface Cleaning

  • Microfibre Cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle

Removing Grime

  • ½ cup (90 grams) baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons (44mL) water
  • White vinegar
  • Small bowl
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Squeegee


Part 1: How to Clean a Glass Table Streak-Free

  1. Wipe off any surface dust. Use a microfiber cloth to remove all the loose dust and dirt from the glass. This is most effective when the table is dry. 
  2. Spray vinegar over your table. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and liberally spray it over the glass table top. Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner and will help to break down the grease and grime on the glass. Note that vinegar isn’t suitable for tempered glass. If your table is made from tempered glass, opt for a gentler cleaning method. Read our guide on How to Clean Black Tempered Glass .
  3. Wipe the glass with long, circular strokes. Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe the table. Agitate any hardened dirt first and then finish with long strokes to create a streakless finish. 
  • If you don’t have a microfibre cloth, use newspaper instead. Newspaper is naturally absorbent and doesn’t leave streaks. The inks in the paper can also help to agitate stains off your glass. 
  1. Dry the glass with a clean microfibre cloth. Avoid using paper towels or tissues as these will leave lint on your table. Use long, circular strokes to dry the table. Keep drying and buffing until the glass looks shiny and streakless.
  • Using a squeegee is another effective way of creating a streak-free finish. 
Cleaning black glass table with vinegar

Part 2: Removing Grime and Stains From Your Black Glass Table

  1. Stir 3 tbsp (44mL) water and ½ cup (90g) baking soda into a paste. Measure the ingredients into a small bowl and mix them into a paste. If the mixture looks thick and crumbly, simply add more water until it resembles a paste. 
  • This recipe is enough to cover a medium-sized coffee table. Double the recipe if you are cleaning a dining table. 
  1. Spread the paste over the glass. Use a sponge or your hands to spread the paste thinly over the entire glass surface. If the paste is difficult to spread, add a few extra drops of water and then try again. 
  2. Wipe the paste off the table with a vinegar-soaked cloth. Dip a microfiber into white vinegar and wipe the baking soda off the glass. Don’t squeeze out the excess vinegar from the cloth, as this reacts with the baking soda and helps to break down dried grime. For persistent grime, rub the baking soda paste back and forth with your cloth to agitate it away from the glass. 
  • If you prefer, you can use store-bought glass cleaner instead of vinegar. Liberally spray the glass cleaner onto the cloth and apply it in the same way. 
  1. Run a squeegee over the glass to remove the liquids. Once you have wiped all the baking soda paste off the table, use a squeegee to get rid of any remaining vinegar. Use vertical strokes to create a streakless finish. 
  • You can purchase a squeegee inexpensively from hardware stores or online. 

Prevention Tips:

  • Use coasters to prevent ringed stains from appearing on your table top. 
  • Dust and wipe your table weekly to prevent dust and grime from building up.
  • Clean and dry spills straight away to prevent water marks. 

How Do You Clean A Black Tempered Glass Table?

Avoid using vinegar or baking soda on black tempered glass as these are too abrasive and can leave scratches. These scratches are particularly noticeable on black glass. 

Instead, use alcohol wipes to remove any dust and dirt from the table. These won’t leave scratches or make the glass cloudy.  

Read our guide on How to Clean Black Tempered Glass.

How Do You Keep Dust From Settling on Black Glass? Keeping Your Black Table Dust Free

Make your own dust repellent out of water and fabric softener. This creates a barrier over the glass that helps to prevent dust from settling on your table.

Mix 4 parts water and 1 part liquid fabric softener in a spray bottle and shake vigorously to combine. Spray a microfibre cloth with the solution and wipe the glass surface of your table. Use a clean microfiber to dry the table and buff it clean. 

Reapply the solution once a fortnight to keep your table dust-free. 

Can You Get Scratches Out of Black Glass?

This depends on how deep the scratches are. For superficial scratches, jewellers rouge and clear nail polish are effective ways of masking the scratches. Simply fill the scratches with either jeweller’s rouge or clear nail polish. Then, wipe away any remaining product and leave it to try for 24 hours. 

If the scratches are deep, it is best to consult a glass specialist for an industrial solution. 

How Do You Remove Water Spots From Black Glass?

Spray white vinegar over the area and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then, use a microfiber cloth to wipe it clean. The vinegar helps to break down the water residue and will leave the streakless. 

Why is Black Furniture so Dusty?

Black furniture isn’t any dustier than other coloured furniture. However, the dark colour makes dust easier to spot which gives it the appearance of being dustier. 

Why is My Glass Table Cloudy?

Glass tabletops can easily become cloudy if you clean them with hard water. This causes lime and calcium deposits to accumulate on the glass and gives it a cloudy appearance. 

To remove the cloudiness, simply spray white vinegar on your table and leave it for 15 minutes. Then wipe it off with a microfibre cloth. The vinegar helps to break down the deposits and leaves your table looking fresh and streak-free. 


Keeping your black glass table dust and dirt free doesn’t have to be an arduous process. Simply use a vinegar solution to remove dust and a baking soda and water paste to remove stains and grime. Both these methods will leave your tables streakless and fresh. 

Further Reading:

How to Restore the Shine to Gold Jewelry
– How to Make DIY Eyeglass Cleaner

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