How to clean your glass shower door?

Keep Glass Tabletops, Mirrors, & Showers Clean for Valentine’s Day!

Streak Free Glass, Glass Cleaning
Streak Free Glass: Glass Cleaning

It’s a special day and you want everything to be perfect! Except you see streaks on your glass windows, glass table and even glass walls? It’s hard to know which side the streaks are on, and constantly cleaning to have the spot free look is time consuming. For business owners and residents who want to try it themselves, these helpful hints will make your Valentine’s Day a little brighter: shower door hardware.

Streaks:

Going in different directions on the front and back of the glass will eliminate those sneaky lines. Side-to-side motions on the front surface and up and down motions for the back surface will show results. Wait for the glass to dry, you’ll see less noticeable streaks.

Rags, newspaper or towels:

Old newspapers will work wonders on glass or microfiber cloths are just as effective when cleaning glass, leaving it sparkling clean. You want to stay away from cotton towels. Leave behind lints are a pain to get rid of!

Chemicals vs. Natural:

Spray glass cleaners from the store are effective, fast and don’t require any special mixing. If you are trying to save money or want to avoid inhaling chemicals that could impede your health, then you can make your own! Use: 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar. (Vinegar and ammonia should never be mixed). Another remedy is to use soapy water to clean glass. Rinse the glass with water afterward to remove soap residue, and give it a lovely shine by adding a little vinegar to the water.

Work quickly:

Drying the cleaner quickly will prevent streaking and allow you to keep moving. Gather all your supplies before you start working, so you can quickly move from one part of the process to the next. Cleaning glass and windows is not necessarily difficult, but it can be time-consuming. It can also be frustrating when you are dealing with windows and have to move between the interior and exterior of your home. You can get the chore done with the right tools and the right attitude. However, it may be worth your time to pay a cleaning service to handle the glass for you. Then you can just sit back and enjoy how great it looks, without having to deal with the frustration and time.

 

 

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Would you like to build your own Glass Houses?

Would you like to build your own Glass Houses?

Glass Houses

Natural sky light
Natural sky light

Have you ever walked into a home of an interior designer or a boss and become overwhelmed with the awe of how spacious the home is? The first thing you notice are the glass walls or big glass windows. glass door hardware manufacturer Glass provides the illusion of more space but also transparency that extends a rooms actual size. The wondrous thing about glass decor is not just walls, windows, tables but it can come in other forms of decor such as glazing, countertops, doors. Glass will help brighten up your home allowing more sunlight and even the moonlight! Whether you enjoy using glass to bring in the morning sun, or a hundred other purposes, glass can be overlooked when customizing home interiors. Here are some ways to let glass brighten your home.

Reflectivity and light:

A well known interior design trick. Let there be light! Light makes a room feel spacious and open which feels more natural. Glass allows light in naturally to your home and it can be used to obscure, brighten, and enhance views. Windows that have mullions or expansive glass that takes advantage of picturesque views, glass is a great fix for reflecting light and illuminating surfaces.

Glass furnishings:

Doors, end tables, chairs… the list can go on with glass furnishings we use daily without noticing the impact compared to wood furnishings. Glass table tops in dining rooms and home offices give a contemporary and minimalistic style to your interiors. Pair glass with rustic wood, leather or rustic metals for an urban industrial interior design or use traditional and ornate lines to bring the materials together beautifully in your furniture.

Modern minimalist dining room
Modern minimalist dining room

One of a kind designs:

Bored of cookie cutter wood tiling on your counter tops – replace it with a glass counter..how about a glass wall in your bathroom? Modern home interiors are starting to use glass in unique ways. If you want to add sleek and modern details, add glass to your wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Consider glass as a divider walls between a master bedroom area and a master bathroom. Glass block can let light through, and keep ample privacy at the same time. Try using different glass materials for all rooms in your home.

Use glass as your exterior material:

In early architecture and interiors, glass was solely used as punched openings in walls to let in light, and to have a visual connection to the outdoor world. Today, the use of glass in exterior sheathing is popular, especially in high rise commercial buildings. In your home if you like to be connected with your exterior, use wide expansive glass and glass furniture interiors to transform the outdoors inside.

Customized rustic glass door
Customized rustic glass door

Be creative:

There are very few limits with glass. Heat and cold variations are the most notable features that need to be thought of when using glass in your interiors. There is always a solution; a thicker pane of glass may need to be used in colder climates, etc… Glass has been used in minimalist areas to bring a sense of light and airiness to a space. See where it can brighten up a space in your interiors.

If you want to use glass in small or large quantities, your space will benefit either way. From reflective glass mosaic tiles in the kitchen backsplash, to glass block stepping stones in your front entry, glass is here to stay. Depending on your style, grab inspiration from modern architecture and interior magazines that love to feature homes with expansive glass. Brighten your home with these tips, and see how glass can give you a whole new way to enjoy your home.

 

Alamo Glass & Mirror Company

Alamo Glass and Mirror is a full service residential and commercial glass company. We have an extensive inventory of glass and glass related products.

© Alamo Glass & Mirror Company

Residential & Commercial Glass Products & Services in Dallas, TX

Award Winning Service Since 1943.

Contact us by filling out our contact form or call for a Free Quote today – (214) 821-2886

 

Teach you how to Installing a Shower Door

Installing a Shower Door

By Kate Riley December 2, 2014

*This post brought to you in partnership with Delta Shower Doors hardware

We’re making our way room by room through the Las Vegas fixer remodeling as we go which I’ve been blogging about since summer. Last week another DIY project we took on while we were in town was replacing the shower door in the downstairs bathroom.

When we bought the house, we considered ourselves pretty lucky to have a full bath downstairs instead of just a powder room since so many two story homes we looked at didn’t have a full bathroom downstairs. Back in October, we finished the sink and toilet side, but the replacement of the shower door loomed as the final project for the space.

I designed the door with the Delta Shower Doors customization tool on their site providing the measurements and choosing the finish (it was incredibly easy) and the door shipped to the house on a pallet three weeks later.

delta shower design

I chose oil rubbed bronze for the frame finish for the shower door track and knob to coordinate with the existing light fixture and faucet in the bathroom.

delta door order

 

DIYers take note, this is a time consuming project, to do it right it does take a slow and steady approach, but the extra time concentrating on all the details and following the instructions paid off in the end with a perfect pivoting shower door.

We considered hiring a professional but Matt believed he could do it himself and I’m proud to say, he pulled it off! I’ve watched him build and tile over the years, but I was most impressed with this latest accomplishment, he can now add “shower door installation” to his growing list of DIY talents. We kept the old tile since it was in great condition, replaced the shower head, but still need to replace the temperature valve. We also reversed the swing so the shower door opens into the room and not into the bathroom door which was awkward.

Here’s Matt to tell you about the process and the final result!

new delta shower door

“I’ve done a lot of projects over the years, built and remodeled several homes but I’ve never taken on the challenge of a shower door installation. I was a bit stressed in the beginning because I had to both remove the dated swing shower door and then install a modern pivot shower door. Delta declared on their website that it would be “easy” and provided detailed instructions but it wasn’t until I watched their installation video that the stress melted away.

This project will bring you satisfaction when complete but is one that you should not rush. Unless you’re a seasoned pro, expect to spend several hours on the removal of the old door and its caulking and then 6 to 8 hours on the new door installation.

The hardest part of the project was removing the old shower door that was not only screwed to the tile but held in place by formidable 25 year old silicone caulking. The door removal took several hours but finally with a lot of prodding and little help from my friendly neighbor Andre, the door came loose.

matt removing door copy

Be prepared to have a battle with the caulking on your old door! After I scraped clean the surfaces, I washed them with WD40 and cleanser, the WD40 makes the silicon come off easier.

The installation was slow but thankfully the instructions are very thorough.

shower wall jams

 

I spent a lot of time checking my measurements, often three to four times just to be sure since there is no room for mistakes with the cuts. I measured the doorway to make sure it was plumb and as is always the case, it wasn’t. But I was not deterred and plotted along following the excellent instructions.

The amazing thing about the design of the Delta pivot door is how you can make adjustments to make the door strike plumb inside the frame so that even in a non-square doorway, the swing works perfectly.

The only part in the instructions that gave me trouble was when I had to cut the header. The header had to be cut from left to right or right to left depending on the swing. Get this wrong and you are in trouble. They did mention this but I think it should have been given a bigger more important “BE CAREFUL HERE” warning.

new bronze trim for shower door

Fortunately, I cut the header the right way. The other part of the instructions that could use more detail and a warning is in the adjustment phase stating that the door could come loose, which my door almost did and gave me a brief scare that it might break but fortunately that didn’t happen.

matt silicone

The final step was applying new silicone adhesive and allowing it to cure, then carefully aligning the panes of glass so they fit inside the frame. The installation was time consuming and a bit challenging; this project is not for the novice. But for anyone who has a little home improvement experience, it can be done as a DIY project as long as the instructions are followed precisely.

I’m proud to say the door works perfectly and looks much more modern compared to its predecessor. The header is slightly lower than I would like, as I am 6’2” but overall I am very pleased with the outcome. We’re happy the new door trim and knob now coordinate with the existing faucet, hardware, and light fixture.

delta shower head and dial

I installed the shower head but ran out of time on the water temperature valve so I’ll replace that on our return, we also chose a Delta product for those fixtures too.”

We’re so pleased with the result! We both love the contrast between the dark bronze trim and the white tile, and now I can finally finish the wallpaper in this corner.

installing a shower door

 

Thanks so much to Delta Shower Doors for partnering with us on this project! Find out more about the process of customizing and installing your Delta shower sliding or pivoting door on their site.

*This post is sponsored by Delta Shower Doors. We received a complimentary shower door and compensation for featuring this project. All efforts followed by victory dances and opinions are our own.

Why choose us as The Original Frameless Shower Doors

Why choose us as The Original Frameless Shower Doors

We are the original, and nobody does it better.

For over 25 years, The Original Frameless Shower Doors has consistently grown to be one of the nation’s
largest and most respected shower door companies. We are also one of the only companies in existence that owns its own manufacturing facility to ensure the quality product we sell is the quality product you get! The ability to control and maintain the quality of every shower door is the cornerstone to our success. When one of our custom designed and built shower enclosures leaves the facility, we stamp our name on it, to ensure the best quality of craftsmanship is being sold and delivered direct from the manufacturer to you.

Expert installation. In-depth online resources. Unparalleled customer service.

We take great pride in making sure all employees are professional, highly trained and experienced in glass shower industry. Our presentation and appearance is just as important to us as ensuring that your custom made glass shower door is installed correctly, and beautifully the first time. Doing it yourself? We offer several different levels of assistance and consulting to our customers and our do-it-yourselfers! You are guaranteed all the trade secrets to install your new custom glass shower door; from phone consultations and advice, to online videos, and printable resources, such as our measuring and installation guides. We’re always developing better ways to keep our customers happy and stay innovative with the only direct from manufacturer frameless glass shower doors.

Lowest cost. Highest quality. Quickest turnaround.

Your shower door can be ready within about 48 hours from when the custom shower door design is approved to the moment your glass shower door is ready to be scheduled for delivery or installation. We offer direct from the manufacturer pricing and service, since after all that’s who we are. The Original Frameless Shower Doors is the only direct from manufacturer company offering the lowest prices and InstallationEASY product line. We urge you to get another quote from a retail shower door or glass company and compare our price to theirs, frameless glass shower door with installation! In some states (such as New York or Connecticut) your savings could be 50% or more. The price gouging stops here and now! You don’t have to worry about that high priced contractor or glass company to create the shower design you want! Start Designing!

 

Introduce of Glass door hardwares.

Introduce of Glass door hardwares.

Glass Standoff

Glass Standoff

These Premium standoffs are made from 316 stainless steel and are flawlessly finished. Capable of accomidating glass with widths from 8mm to 19mm they are a versitile choice for framless railings curtian walls or signage. Combine these with HD-8013 (handrail brackets) for a great and now affordable glass railing.

2" Standoff

 

This heavy duty glass clamp has a flat back to accommodate a flat post and is constructed from 304 stainless steel. This clamp is ideal for interior or moist areas but can also be used in exterior applications. This product also can accomidate glass with a thickness of 8-12mm and has an optional safety pin.

J79 Small Glass Clamp (Flat Back)

This zinc based Z series glass clamp has a flat back to accommodate a square post and is ideal for glass 6-8mm in thickness.
Finish: Brushed stainless.
Size: 55mm X 33mm X 24mm

 

Glass Connectors

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These stainless steel Frameless shower clamps are designed to fit 3/8″ to 1/2″ ( 10mm to 12mm ) glass and are traditionally used to instal fixed panels of glass to …

These stainless steel Frameless shower clamps are designed to fit 3/8″ to 1/2″ ( 10mm to 12mm ) glass and are traditionally used to instal fixed panels of glass to supporting walls.

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Shower door installation question and answer — www.shower-door-hinges.com

Shower door installation question and answer — www.shower-door-hinges.com

I’m not a shower door glazer (installer), but I actually work at a tempering plant where enclosures like this are made. First, bowing wouldn’t happen from 80+ degree shower temps. We actually have to hear the glass up to about 600* to get it soft before it’s cooked rapidly, which is actually the tempering part of the process. This can cause bowing. There should be a logo on each panel, what does it say?

Something I need clarification on. Is the door chipping the panel on the hinge side or a panel on the handle side? Also, have you checked the gap between the door and the panel on both sides at the top, middle, and bottom of the door?

Also, can you add one more picture of the entire enclosure? Is this an enclosure that came with your new home or a renovation that was done? The glazing contractor has some liability depending on the length of time after the install.

Let me know what you can and I’ll do my best to help

The entire enclosure existing in a house we bought about 6 months ago. Install was 10+ years ago.

When I put a straight edge on the side panel, it is bowed (top and bottom cupped in towards door. The door edge is straight.

No chipping anywhere, and we became aware of the fact that the door was kissing the side panel almost immediately after it started happening so we’ve been careful.

I think I may go ahead and pay Mr. Shower Door as it couldn’t hurt to have the gaskets replaced and the door/panels reset. To be truthful, I was hoping someone would say, “Just give that screw a quarter turn…” or something equally easy and without risk.