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nbriley

10:12AM | 08/04/05
Member Since: 08/03/05
2 lifetime posts
My daughter cleaned our new glass storm door with a TSP solution instead of glass cleaner. Then she allowed it to dry instead of wiping it dry. Now there appears to be an irridescent film that I have been unable to remove with glass cleaner. Any suggestions?

Billhart

10:28AM | 08/04/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
white vinegar.


nbriley

12:40PM | 08/04/05
Member Since: 08/03/05
2 lifetime posts
White vinegar didn't work either. I really scrubbed with it too.

tomh

03:07PM | 08/04/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
Concentrated TSP, or TSP allowed to dry on glass can cause etching. If that has happened the damage may be irreversible. Hydrofluoric and phosphoric acids are better known etching agents, but trisodium phosphate, while slower, can also severely damage glass. If you view the glass surface with a magnifying glass you will see if the surface has etched, or if it is indeed a film.

doug seibert

09:47AM | 08/06/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
I've had good results removing the film using the suggestion on a TSP package......

Prepare a fresh weak solution of TSP and clean rags to clean the glass.......

Re-wash the glass with fresh rags and Clean water.........

Rinse the glass again with clean water and immediately BUFF the glass dry using soft paper toweling.......


BV001611

04:25PM | 07/19/13
I had drip marks from tsp etched into my windows which neither vinegar or dilute tsp would remove. I made a paste of powdered glass and vinegar and rubbed it in a circular motion over the marks then rinsed with clean water. This worked very well.
I would definitely test a small inconspicuous area first.
p.s. The glass powder came from a glass grinder I use to make stained glass windows.

BV002093

02:37PM | 09/15/13
I inadvertently left tsp streaks on window glass. I then tried everything under the sun to remove it: vinegar, a light solution of tsp, window cleaners, glass buffing cloths, etc... Nothing worked.

Finally, I was using a white out product to clear the white film that develops on the inside tempered glass pane on a gas fireplace screen and, lo and behold, it worked perfectly.

Hope this info helps someone out.

BV002854

10:36AM | 12/25/13
Any ceramic stove top cleaner will remove the stains. Be careful on the application as the ceramic cleaner will make swirls that you can see in the light. I recommend using an orbital buffer to apply and then applying Rain X afterward.

BV005006

02:36PM | 07/16/14
For TSP stains on glass, I used Glass cook top cleaner. Put some on a paper towel rubbed in small circles then wipe off immediately with wet towel. Stains are gone! Magic!

AlexMason

08:19AM | 07/17/14
Member Since: 06/23/14
4 lifetime posts
Alex mason
I have used Hydra Glitter to clean my window glass...

BV005447

11:53AM | 08/24/14
OMG! You saved my brand new windows! We had washed the lanai with TSP and it splashed on the windows. I rinsed them off at the time but didn't notice the stains on the windows until much later. Nothing removed the stains until I used the cooktop cleaner! Took some elbow grease and I used it with a Magic Eraser. When it got a little too dry, I added a little vinegar to the Magic Eraser. I was afraid my windows were ruined. Thank you sooo much!!!

BV007952

08:27PM | 05/31/15

Ceramic cook top cleaner worked in seconds and the window is cleaner than it's ever been. Whoever made that suggestion, thank you!!

BV018729

01:22PM | 02/20/19
Be very cautious whenever applying HF acid to glass. HF acid can react with the tin side of the glass (99.9% of modern glass has a tin side and air side due to the way it is manufactured - search float glass manufacturing for more details - you cannot discern the tin or air side with your eye - you need a high intensity UV light, which casts a gray reflection off the tin side of the glass. HF reacts immediately with the tin, and damages that side of the glass. That damage can often be removed with a cerium oxide based polish - get a good grade - not cheap stuff - but not always. Safer acids are acetic (vinegar) oxalic, phoshporic. Never apply to hot glass, and always rinse, rinse rinse well. Most cook top cleaners have either cerium oxide or diatemaceous earth as their particulates to remove stains. I own a professional window cleaning company and deal with glass stains/damage regularly. We do NOT use TSP. We use professional detergent designed for glass cleaning (not dish soap)

BV019645

06:25PM | 06/29/19
I got TSP streak on my window. Tried window cleaner and CLR. Didn’t work. Googled it and saw this information. Went to store and bought the cook top cleaner and a magic eraser. Didn’t really think it would work but was worth a shot. TSP stain cleaned off with no effort.
Thank you very much!

BV019719

04:46PM | 07/08/19
Glass cooktop cleaner worked great You saved the day Thanks


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