Monday, 27 April 2015

Handy Home Tips: How to maintain and care for glass in your home - Part 1

Glass is a beautiful material to use around the home - be it through large windows that let the morning sun poor into your house, or mirrors that add a sense of depth and space. 

The challenge with glass is keeping it clean

Whilst we don’t always notice when glass is clean, we definitely notice when it’s dirty (or covered with little people’s handprints!). 

There are many ways to clean different types of glass, as well as safety precautions to observe when handling and storing glass. 

The experts at Viridian Glass have kindly shared some of their tops tips on cleaning and handling glass with us, which we will share with you in two parts on our blog. 

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.




These tips were kindly shared with us by Viridian. Viridian is Australia’s number one glass provider and the only manufacturer of float glass and hardcoat performance glass products in Australia. Being a part of CSR Building Products, and with a long history of glass making in Australia, Viridian is able to offer comprehensive glass and glazing solutions across Australia and New Zealand. Learn more about what they do here...


How do you clean your glass at home? 
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