How to Clean Glass Splashbacks

Glass splashbacks add a modern touch of elegance to any space in your home, office, or commercial establishment. Besides its versatile aesthetics – from mirrored to coloured to stunning prints – glass splashbacks stand out for practicality, durability, and easy maintenance.

A popular decorative and functional element for kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and commercial spaces, glass splashbacks are easy to install and require minimal effort for cleaning.

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If you’re after specific tips or tricks for cleaning glass splashbacks, you’ve come to the right place! We’ll walk you through commonly asked questions about how to clean glass splashbacks and share simple but effective pointers on keeping them bright and shiny.

Are Glass Splashbacks Hard to Keep Clean?

In a word, no.

But to keep your glass splashbacks looking their best, you need to use the right cleaning materials, tools, and technique. It’s not hard to keep glass splashbacks clean and glossy when you know how.

How Do You Make a Splashback Shiny?


1. Prevent Streaking

One of the challenges when cleaning glass is preventing streak marks from appearing when the cleaning liquid dries. Here’s a simple but effective hack: don’t clean glass surfaces in direct sunlight. Better yet, clean your glass and mirror splashbacks on a cloudy day.

No, we’re not kidding. On hot days, the cleaning liquid dries before you’ve had a chance to wipe it off completely, which results in unsightly streak marks. Newspapers also help keep those streaks at bay.

2. Use Gentle Cleaning Materials

To maintain the glossy sheen on your glass splashbacks, it’s imperative to use gentle cleaning materials that don’t scratch or leave annoying lint on the surface. Lint-free cloths and a non-abrasive cleaner are your must-haves when cleaning glass splashbacks.

If you prefer natural cleaning agents, white vinegar is your all-purpose natural cleaner that’s gentle yet powerful enough to remove stains without streaking or scuffing the surface.

3. Spray & Wipe

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For light cleaning, spray a non-abrasive cleaning product on the splashback and wipe it off with a clean, damp lint-free cloth. To remove stubborn grease or old stains, spray a small amount of cleaner on the cloth and gently rub it over the stain in circular movements. Leave it for a couple of minutes, then wipe it off with a clean cloth.


1. Use Steel Wool

Even on splashbacks made of toughened glass, steel wool (or any materials made of metal or plastic) will scratch or scuff the glass.

2. Use Paper Towels

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It’s tempting to reach for paper towels when you’re doing a quick clean, but you’ll end up with an even bigger mess to clean up when the paper disintegrates and leaves a trail of lint all over the glass.

What Should You Use to Clean a Glass Splashback?

This simple guide on how to clean glass splashbacks wouldn’t be complete without a section on the specific cleaning materials suited for the task.

1. Microfibre Cloths

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You need a lint-free cloth that’s gentle yet durable enough to enable scrubbing without tarnishing the glass surface. Microfibre cloths are an excellent solution, being highly versatile and suitable for use either wet or dry.

2. Non-Abrasive Cleaning Products

Examples of non-abrasive cleaning products include glass cleaner and methylated spirits. If you get desperate, hot soapy water works too! In contrast, abrasive cleaners are made for heavy duty cleaning, a classic example being bleach.

3. White Vinegar

Natural, non-toxic and highly effective, white vinegar is an affordable substitute to store-bought cleaners. Simply add four parts of water to one part of white vinegar.

How Often Should You Clean Your Glass Splashback?

Even if your glass splashback looks clean, it’s a good idea to give it a quick wipe regularly to get rid of the dust build-up. Stains should be removed immediately, while a thorough cleaning of your splashback is recommended at least once every fortnight for good housekeeping.

Quick tips:

  • Clean off stains when they happen to prevent them from setting.
  • Do a regular clean of your glass splashbacks once every 2 weeks.
  • Use non-abrasive cleaners and lint-free cloths to protect the glossy finish.

The Glass Splashback Cleaner for All Surfaces

Looking for a glass splashback cleaner that’s powerful yet gentle enough on all surfaces? DecoGlaze’s Glass Splashback All-Surface Cleaner is exactly what you need!

Uniquely formulated for cleaning glass splashbacks, this amazing cleaner is also suitable for use on granite benchtops, stainless steel, stone, and timber surfaces. One spray for all surfaces!


A must-have for sleek, shiny, and squeaky-clean surfaces, DecoGlaze’s All-Surface Cleaner is perfect for removing light grease, dirt, grime, dust, food spills, soap scum, and mildew for the following:

  • Windows
  • Mirrors
  • Coloured glass walls
  • Tiles
  • Kitchen splashbacks
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Bathroom splashbacks
  • Shower screens

Visit our blog for more helpful tips and creative inspiration for glass splashback ideas! DecoGlaze is Australia’s quality glass splashback provider for glass feature pieces that impress.

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