Wednesday, September 30, 2020

How to Keep Your Glass Shower Door Clean

Keeping your bathroom clean can seem like a never-ending task. Though the bathroom is one of the most frequently used areas of your home, cleaning your glass shower door shouldn't add too much time to your weekly chores. Here's some advice for keeping your shower clean.

Create a Schedule

A large shower with a glass goor

Once the last person has showered for the day, grab your supplies and start wiping down the door. Hot water will help loosen any buildup on the glass, making it easier to scrub off grime. Use a sponge or cleaning pad instead of paper towels to help avoid streaks on the glass. You don't have to do this every night, but consistency is key.

Use Store-Bought or Homemade Products

There are many products that will effectively clean your shower. But if you want to use something with natural ingredients, mix water and white vinegar. This environmentally friendly cleaning solution fights grime and other stains just as well as brand-name shower cleaners. Pour one part vinegar and three parts water into a bottle. Spray your glass shower door enclosure and let it sit for about five minutes. Then, use a warm sponge to wipe off the solution.

Keeping It Clean

Using a squeegee can help keep your glass shower door in tip-top shape. After every shower, do a quick wipe down to remove excess water. When you're not using the bathroom, leave the door open to give the water time to evaporate. If you have a ventilation fan, let it run while you're showering and for several minutes after you finish. This prevents mildew from growing in the shower.

With a little upkeep, you can keep your shower enclosure clean and transparent. If you need to repair or replace a damaged glass shower door, contact the professionals at Macc's Glass Inc. We've worked with customers in the Jacksonville area for years and offer a wide variety of different glass shower door styles. To see how we can help you, call 904-259-6070 or contact us online.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

What Keeps Windshields and Car Windows Safe Upon Impact?

The glass used in automobiles has come a long way since cars first hit the road. Today, windshield and passenger window glass is designed to present a minimal risk of injury if broken in a crash. Here's a look at what keeps windshields and other car windows safe upon impact.

The Dangers of Plate Glass

In non-automotive applications, plate glass generally has a low risk of experiencing high-speed impacts, making it safe for domestic and commercial uses. Windshields and passenger windows, however, can be severely damaged or broken in seconds, either by projectiles or in an accident. The high-risk nature of driving led to plate glass being replaced by safer alternatives in vehicles in the mid-20th century.

Shatterproof Windshields

Today, windshields are made from three-layer, shatterproof safety glass, which is made by binding two layers of strong tempered glass together with an inner layer of polyvinyl butyral, a plastic-based resin. Instead of breaking into thousands of loose pieces upon impact, windshield safety glass will crack but remain in one large sheet, significantly improving the safety of drivers and passengers.

Safer Passenger Windows

Passenger windows are sometimes made with the same safety glass as windshields, but they may also be made with simple tempered glass. Tempered glass is heated and cooled in a specific way during manufacturing to enhance its strength and make it safer when shattered. Instead of breaking into sharp shards, tempered glass shatters into smaller, less dangerous pieces.

Windshields may not shatter upon impact, but a damaged one can impair your vision and prevent you from driving safely. In addition to our residential and commercial services, Macc's Glass Inc. offers full windshield replacements to get Macclenny-area drivers back on the road quickly and safely. To learn more about our windshield services, contact us today by calling 904-259-6070.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for Large Commercial Glass Displays

Your glass displays tell a story about your business. When your displays are well-maintained, that's a sign of how seriously you take your work. Here are a few tips on how to care for large glass displays.

Proper Cleaning

When cleaning your displays, make sure you're using the right techniques and materials, most importantly a cleaning solution that's designed for glass. Some general cleaning products can cause damage. If the cleaning solution needs to be mixed, be sure to use the proper ratio of solution to water. Then, spray the cleaner on the display and start at the top, wiping from left to right with a squeegee. Make sure you clean the edge of the squeegee's rubber blade with a towel after each wipe. As you work your way down, you should have a little overlap with the previous section during each wipe. This should provide a streak-free look that will keep people focused on what's inside of the display case.

Keep a Schedule

Make sure that you're cleaning your commercial glass displays regularly to reduce the time it takes to finish the job. A quick wipe down once or twice a week is usually enough. But if your display is in a high-traffic area, you may need to clean it more often.

Find a Good Location

As mentioned above, if your customers can easily touch your display, the glass will get dirty more quickly. If possible, try to put your display somewhere that's highly visible but slightly out of reach. However, this might not be feasible, especially if you own a bakery or jewelry store.

By developing a routine, you can keep your glass displays clean and give off an extra sense of professionalism to your customers. If you're looking for a new glass display or need to repair an existing one, Macc's Glass Inc. can help. We're a family-owned business that has served North Central Florida for years. To see how we can work with you, call 904-259-6070 or fill out our online form.