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The Glass Men, Inc - Helpful Tips



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328 Bayou Liberty Rd.
Slidell, LA 70458
985-643-2933

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Friday 8AM-2PM
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Some tips on how to care for your shower and glass properly

Cleaning of your shower:        In addition to keeping your hardware clean, if is of equal importance to keep your glass clean. Glass that in neglected or ignored, will accumulate, water spots which will eventually turn into mineral deposits. The best way to keep your glass free of potentially damaging water spots is to squeegee the glass after every use. A routine of using a squeegee on a daily basis is a great habit to get into. It's a minimal investment in time and will save you a great deal of cleaning at a later date. Using a TPC Surface Protector to protect your glass is a good idea. A TPC surface protector can help to repel water off of the glass, but is not intended to replace the use of a squeegee. Warning: Never use an abrasive cleanser of any kind on your hardware. Many of the components are coated with a clear lacquer, which will be irreparable damaged if subjected to harsh abrasive chemicals or scrubbing devices. Use CRL products, Squeegee, and Glass Cleaner. This can be bought from our show room. We accept CASH , CHECK or CREDIT CARD.


Cardinal 10 Surface Protection is a product that is applied to the glass during it's manufacturing process. It seals the glass to prevent build-up from continued shower use. Unlike spray-on or wipe-on treatments that eventually wear off, the protection provided by Cardinal 10 Surface Protection is part of the glass itself, so it never needs to be reapplied. With just a minimal amount of cleaning, Cardinal 10 Surface Protected Glass will stay beautiful for years to come.

How to Clean Your Mirrors

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Supplies:

The first supply needed in the cleaning of glass is, of course, the cleanser. There are a wide variety of off-the-shelf cleansers to choose from. The simplest homemade recipe is 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water. A more complicated one is:

> ½ cup sudsy ammonia
> 1 pint 70% isopropyl alcohol
> 1 tablespoon dishwashing detergent
> 1 gallon water
 

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Methods:

You will clean mirrors in much the same way you will clean windows. But remember not to use heavy-duty, harsh solutions on mirrors. Remember the three A's-Abrasives, Alkali, and Acids. Stay away from these…they are very harmful to mirrors. There are reflective layers of tin, silver, and copper backed by a layer of paint that solvents can damage and corrode. Any other commercial or household cleansers will do just fine. Mirrors have critical edges where "spillover" solutions attack the backing at its most vulnerable point. You can protect the edges from "spillover" by applying the cleaning solution to the cloth rather than the mirror. Once done cleaning, wipe the edges clean and dry off any "spillover" with a clean, dry cloth. For any further information you may need, refer to ACI Distribution's Technical Bulletin Mirror Cleaning Instructions for appropriate cleaning techniques.

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Tips and Tricks:

> In order to keep your mirrors streak-free, use some old newspapers. They leave no fuzzy lint and they add a polishing effect.
> If using paper towels use a fresh one for each portion of the glass.
> When preparing a washing solution, use as little soap as possible to avoid streaking.
> For hard-to-reach mirrors, you can purchase squeegee extension poles at your local hardware store specifically made for washing mirrors.