20th May 2015

Tips to maintain and care for glass in your home – Part 1

Clean-Sliding-Glass-Doors   The glass in your house is one of the most important features – directly impacting the aesthetic and overall liveability of a home. Therefore it is critical to keep the glass in your home clean, protected and handled with care. Here are some great tips for you to ensure your glass at home is sparkling for years to come. 1. Glass Protection  During any home construction or DIY, it is recommended that glass is protected from any contamination caused by building materials and methods used during construction. Construction dust, leachate from concrete and rusting from steel can contribute to the formation of mild chemicals which can stain or damage glass. 2. Safe glass handling If glass gets damaged or broken during any home DIY or construction, ensure that experienced glaziers are engaged to rectify the situation. Glass can be a safety hazard if not handled properly. 3. Appropriate cleaning tools Glass should be cleaned using only cleaning materials which are free of grit and debris (to avoid scratching and marking). 4. Appropriate cleaning materials  When cleaning glass only use detergents and cleaning solutions that are recommended specifically for glass cleaning. Mild detergents are preferable. 5. Avoid corrosive cleaners When cleaning glass do not use cleaners which contain Hydrofluoric or Phosphoric acid as they are corrosive to the glass surface. 6. Avoid harsh cleaners Do not use any abrasive cleaners, powder based cleaners, scouring pads or other harsh materials to clean windows or other glass products. 7. Avoid tapes or adhesives Avoid using any tapes or adhesives on glass as they can sometimes stain or damage glass surfaces (unless they are known to be easily removed). 8. Careful cleaning method  When cleaning do not allow cleaning solutions to contact the edges of Laminated glass, Insulating Glass Units or Mirrors. 9. Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight  Do not clean the glass when the glass is hot or in direct sunlight. 10. Avoid thermal fracture  Avoid causing extreme temperature changes to the glass as this may lead to thermal fracture of the glass, i.e. do not splash hot water on cold glass or freezing water on hot glass.   Look out for Part 2 of this series to learn even more great ways to care for your glass at home.
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