Glass is delicate; there is no doubt about that. But think about it for a while – there are glass items that have been in use for decades yet they still exude the kind of magnificence that is synonymous with glass. So just what makes such artifacts special? You guessed it right, maintenance! It all boils down to maintenance. That is, how often do you clean your glass items? What do you place on them and how often do you have them inspected? That may sound like a lot, but like anyone with a home full of glass fittings will tell you, it is worth it.
At the end of the day, maintaining your glass door, for instance, is much more affordable than replacing it with a new one simply because you ignored how important it is to have the glass door cleaned with the right detergent. With that in mind, consider the following maintenance do’s and don’ts for glass fittings.
Don’t use chemical cleaners
This applies mostly to patio glass. There is no need really to use chemical based glass detergents. It gets worse if you have pets or kids at home. Just don’t use chemical based glass detergents. A solution of lukewarm water and vinegar should be enough to keep your patio glass sparkling clean. The best thing about this home remedy is the fact that unlike soap and other powder detergents, it never streaks after you wipe it. All you need is a soft cloth and a sponge to clean the glass. Then give it a few minutes to dry.
Steam for stubborn stains
If you have glass doors for kitchens, then you know what it means to deal with stubborn glass stains. You scrub them off for hours, only to have them sparkling. It’s frustrating and sometimes even depressing. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with the said stains. Simply steam them! The method has been used for long and is proven to get rid of the most stubborn kitchen stains. You only need to hire a steam cleaner for a weekend. You can have your glass patio, glass fronts and even glass shelves steamed.
Don’t forget tracks
A surprising amount of disgusting grime and dirt can hide on the tracks of your glass shelves. This happens mostly in the kitchen and the office. Unfortunately, the very act of cleaning can also harm and eventually take a toll on the structural integrity of your glass fittings. There is an easy way around cleaning the tracks though. Simply refer to the manual that came along with your glass fittings or consider hiring professional cleaners. They know what it takes to clean even the most delicate glass edges and tracks.
Don’t ignore any side of the glass
It is easy to clean only one side of a glass fitting – the visible part. Clean both sides first to maintain the allure of the glass fitting in question and secondly to make sure it lasts for long. For glass closet doors, treat the outer part of the frame with side effect free antifungal preparation. That way, you can easily keep mold and mildew at bay. Clean the inside as well with antifungal cleaning solutions.
Don’t ignore the handles
Greasy finger prints, dirt and dust are great turn offs on glass doors. While dust and dirt can be easily removed, grease on door handles often take time and is sometimes resistant to conventional glass cleaning solutions. Invest in a good cleaner. Then wipe the handles as often as possible. Do this if you have a glass door or a patio used by guests regularly. The handle creates a first impression which is extremely important in both formal and informal settings. Cleaning the handles will also keep off germs that can easily cause diseases at home or at the office.
Don’t oil locks on the glass fittings
You can use oil or graphite to lubricate locks on your glass fittings. But like any glass fitting expert will tell you, this is wrong. Lubricating locks on your glass fitting attracts dust and other forms of grime. This eventually weakens the glass fitting and harms its aesthetic appeal. You actually don’t need to lubricate the locks of your glass fittings. The best you can do is to wipe the locks and ensure they are always dry.
Don’t stress the glass shelves
This mostly applies to glass shelves. Each glass shelf always comes with the maximum amount of weight it can hold. This is always indicated on the glass shelf packaging, so be sure to read the packaging as well as the instruction manual and stick to the instructions. An overload on your glass shelf will definitely weaken it and eventually shorten its lifespan. So be careful with the vases, books, cutlery or any other items that go onto your glass shelf.