NORTHERN NEVADA & THE LAKE TAHOE REGION; HARDWATER AND YOUR GLASS
Water spots created by the hardwater in our area cause a lot of frustration for our customers. Hard water has a high concentration of minerals that over time can leave water spots on your shower enclosures and windows. If not cleaned on a regular basis these minerals (water spots) can cause permanent damage referred to as water etching. Water etching can leave the glass cloudy and rough.
If you are considering installing a new shower enclosure or you have an existing enclosure that you would like to take steps to protect, the following options and information can be utilized to restore your existing enclosure as well as glass products available to prevent this problem with a new shower enclosure.
When considering a new enclosure manufactures offer different types of applied glass protectants. Applied glass protectants are a coating that protects the glass from the Heavy Minerals and makes it easier to clean. These glass protectants applied by the manufacturer have been found to reduce water etching, and in some manufacturers, they have a higher impact and scratch tolerance. These products do add expense to your purchase but protect your investment.
We work with two different types off manufacturer applied glass protectants.
Product category: Hydro – Phobic water repelling
Supporters claim that by repelling water and the minerals that it carries, fewer drops remain to dry on the glass leaving less spots that do not adhere as strongly to the smooth glass surface. This method creates a more hygienic atmosphere that is easier to clean.
The Manufacturer that we use is Diamond Fusion International this is a Hydro – Phobic product
In testing it was found that glass with this coating is more impact and scratch tolerant and can be applied with much greater flexibility allowing repairs and application in the field. This product offers a great value for the performance.
Product category: Hydro – Philic water attracting
Supporters claim That by attracting the water to the glass it falls in sheets carrying away loose materials and the remaining water and mineral deposits are spread broadly making the staining not as immediately noticeable.
The manufacturer that we use is Clarvista Vitro Glass Co this is a Hydro – Philic product
This product needs ample sun light to work to its full potential creating an oxidizing effect on build up and in proper conditions has been likened to self-cleaning. This product does not increase your impact tolerance and scratches very easily. A scratch cannot be repaired, and product cannot be re applied if needed.
Please always refer to your manufactures instructions for cleaning and maintenance. Here are some suggestions.
1. Always use non-abrasive cleaning mediums such as a buff cloth, shower squeegee, or Magic Eraser.
2. Use only ammonia free products like Windex ammonia free, Sprayway or a simple 50% water & 50% white vinegar solution.
3. Using your choice of cleaning medium and cleaning product work in a circular motion to clean the glass. Continue until you can no longer feel rough spots and the glass is smooth.
4. After cleaning the glass rinse with low pressure warm water. High pressure cleaning can damage the applied glass protectant.
5. Some say that keeping a shower squeegee hanging in enclosure and using it to remove excess water from glass after use can further limit the hassle when its time to clean.
Most manufactures state that you should clean your showers monthly using one of the methods above and by doing so these applied glass protectants can last a lifetime.
Existing enclosures that have water spots that are difficult to remove and there are no signs of water etching these same cleaning steps, determination and little elbow grease should get the desired result. If you are considering using a product such as CLR we recommend that you contact your glass company to make sure that it safe to use on your glass and will not cause additional damage.
Image shows (left) before cleaning to remove the hard water spots and image (right) after cleaning
When you have removed the water spots from your existing enclosure you can look into the many DIY products for applied glass protectants. Spend some time researching the products to find the one that you feel comfortable applying and fits your needs. When working with these applications it is very important to start with clean dry glass Follow the manufacturers instructions for the best results.
When choosing a glass company for your new shower installation we recommend that you request information on their manufactures, products and warranty’s that are available to you. It is also very helpful to look at photos for shower configuration and styles, glass samples and hardware options. This helps with new design or complimenting your existing design. I know that I sound like a broken record but do your research!! With the knowledge behind your choices you will be happy with the outcome.
These cleaning methods and applied glass protectants can also be used on your windows, remember to confirm with your glass company to ensure that they are compatible to use with your glass type.
For more tips or if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
ACME GLASS LLC
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Ray Wood Owner Sheila Gillmore Owner