How to Clean a Glass Staircase

Cleaning fingerprints and grime from your glass staircase balustrade requires a careful cleaner choice, to prevent damage to the stair treads. Learn more below about how to safely clean a glass staircase.

Ammonia-Based Glass Cleaners

Use a standard ammonia glass cleaner such as Windex on your glass staircase only if your wood stair treads have been sealed with polyurethane. Ammonia-based cleaners will leave stains on wood floors and stairs that are waxed only.

Lemon and Vinegar Natural Glass Cleaner

Mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part lemon juice and 1 part water in a 1-quart spray bottle. Spray the solution on a microfiber cleaning cloth, and wipe it over the glass carefully. Polish the glass with a dry soft cloth. Starting at the top of the glass staircase balustrade, clean the outer surface of the glass staircase first, then the side that faces the stairs. On carpeted stairs, cover the steps with a non-absorbent fabric to prevent spotting from the cleaner. Move the fabric cover down the stairs as you clean.

When to Clean Glass Staircases

Vacuum the stairs, and dust objects near the stairs, then clean the glass staircase to remove the dust that settles on the glass balustrade, along with other dirt and grime accumulated during the week.