How To Clean Etched Glass

    etched glass
  • Patterns and designs are sandblasted directly onto the glass giving a subtle accent.
  • glass that has had a pattern cut into its surface, usually by an acid treatment.
  • (aka frosted glass): Shade finish with a "foggy" sort of appearance that reduces glare and softens light.
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  • make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"
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how to clean etched glass
Fleur de Lis Ceiling Detail
Fleur de Lis Ceiling Detail
This is just one of the gorgeous, ceiling details in the lobby of the pre-war apartment building I live in. The building also once had skillfully etched and painted scenes on the entrance windows, but there remains only a hint of color in one of them today. My neighbor Frank who grew up in the neighborhood and who's lived in our building for over 20 years says there used to be chairs and couches and tables in the foyer and like a large communal living room, residents would gather and talk and make good cheer and whatnot. It seemed so civilized when he told me about it, and so shocking, seeing how it is now. The dulled, black and gold marble chip floor tells even more of the space's history -- Near the walls are large, rusty steel eye shanks where the Super. must have chained and locked down the furniture when the neighborhood began to "change." I guess he and the landlord were hopeful and couldn't imagine the possibilities. They couldn't imagine that lovely brass handrails would be stolen and have to be replaced by ugly black spray painted steel ones, or that nearly every week window glass would be shattered, historical architectural details would be stolen, that graffiti would be sprayed on top of fabulous faux painting, and that residents would dump trash and let their dogs piss in the corners and not even attempt to clean up after them.
To those of you who've never lived (visiting doesn't count) in NYC, this detailing of daily living here may seem harsh. I remember the last time my parents visited my Mom innocently made mention of how the streets seemed cleaned up of homeless people, obviously believing the political propaganda of the time. I had to tell her that they are all still here, just swept out of the well-trafficked tourist areas. That they live on street benches and in the parks on the good will of frazzled middle class people and hard-working shop-owners in our residential areas who give and buy them meals, clothing and don't report them when they take shelter from harsh weather under our awnings and in our building lobbies. I don't know if she believed me. I know the strong pull of wanting to live in beauty all the time and I know it's easy to see only beauty when you live in sparkly cookie cutter suburbs and high-rise buildings with doormen, but there is lots that's not pretty about our society and government policies in this country. There is a lack of spirit informing the decisions we and our politicians make. As Former President Bill Clinton implored on Oprah a few days ago, we'd all be better off if we debated not who or what is good or bad, but who and what is right and wrong. So, from here on the soap box of my 'blog, I ask you all, no matter your party leanings, to really start getting down, dirty and relevant with your research and debate on these important issues so that one day we might all live in beauty.
Etched glass
Etched glass
Etched glass on walkway, Tullamarine airport, Victoria.
how to clean etched glass