Shower Doors — Care and Cleaning
Cleaning frequency recommendations are guidelines only. Actual frequency will depend upon humidity, degree of water hardness, shower temperature and other variables.
- Squeegee the shower door glass and dry the entire shower enclosure including metal clips or hinges after each use.
- Once a week or as needed, clean the shower enclosure with mild soap and water and a soft damp cloth.
- Do not use steel wool or any cleaners containing ammonia or bleach. These can ruin the finishes of the shower door hardware and can scratch the shower glass.
- No abrasive cleansers on glass as this will cause scratching
Kaboom® Shower, Tub & Tile cleaner is recommended for cleaning by many manufacturers and we have had good feedback on the use of this product.
Flat Glass Mirrors
Courtesy of Glass Association of America GANA MD 01-0105
Mirrors provide both functional and aesthetic performance in the interior design for today’s homes, office buildings, schools, medical and institutional facilities. In addition to the function of providing reflected images, mirrors are being use to move natural light further into buildings and enhance the openness of rooms. Proper cleaning procedures must be followed to ensure the long-term performance of mirrors.
Mirrors — Care and Cleaning
Many people are unaware of how to properly care for and clean the mirrors in their homes and offices. Many cleaning products make claims to be the best for mirrors. The truth is the care and cleaning of mirrors is simple and inexpensive. Care should always be taken to avoid getting the edges of the mirror wet with any liquid or substance. This can result in damage to the mirror edges, commonly called “black edge”. Should mirror edges become wet, they should be dried off immediately.
The following are recommendations from manufacturers of quality mirrors:
- The very best and safest cleaner for a mirror is clean, warm water used with a soft, lint-free cloth. Wring all water from the cloth before wiping the mirror. Dry the mirror immediately with a dry lint-free cloth.
- Do use 0000 oil-free steel wool, not solvents, to remove surface marks or stubborn dirt. Use of solvents can attack and damage the edges and backing of mirrors.
- Do use soft, lint and grit free cloths to clean a mirror. This reduces the chances of scratching the mirror surface.
- Don’t use acid or alkali cleaners for mirror cleanup after installation. Either substance can attack the front surface and edges as well as the backing of the mirror. No abrasive cleaners should ever be used on any mirror surface.
- Don’t spray cleaners directly on the mirror. Always apply cleaner directly to a soft, lint-free cloth and then wipe the mirror. This will help prevent the cleaner from contacting the edges of the mirror and damaging them.
- Don’t clean across the face of multiple mirrors at the same time. When cleaning several mirrors installed on a wall, wipe the joints in the same direction as the joints. This will keep the cleaner from collecting in the area where the mirrors join.
- Don’t use commercial mirror cleaners that contain ammonia or vinegar.
The last step to cleaning a mirror is to make sure all joints and edges are dry so that no liquid or cleaner comes into contact with the edges and backing.