Dr. Shower Door & Mirror, LLC
How to Care For Hardware-Hinges, Clamps, Pulls, Towel Bars, etc.
- Most high-end shower door hardware is made of solid brass. The brass is then plated with a variety of other finishes. Sometimes a layer of clear lacquer is applied as a final coat to protect the hardware. The best way to maintain these hardware components is to use a dry towel and wipe them down after every use. If these components are wiped dry after every use, they will not collect mineral deposits that require the use of soap solution.
- If you are unable to dry your hinges after every use, a weekly cleaning is suggested. The correct method to be used in cleaning your hardware is mild soap and warm water mixture. Mix a couple of drops of mild liquid soap, such as Ivory or a similar product, into a cup of warm water. Using a soft non-abrasive cloth, proceed to clean you hardware. After you have cleaned your hardware, rinse thoroughly with clean, warm water and dry.
- WARNING: Never use cleanser of any kind on your hardware. Many of the components can be irreparably damaged if subjected to chemicals or scrubbing devices.
How to Care For Framework-Frames, Metals, Tracks, Channels, etc.
- Most shower door metals are anodized aluminum. Aluminum is a lightweight, non-rusting metal. Anodizing is basically a chemical process which gives the aluminum a shine and seals corrosion and pitting, to obtain gold, chrome or any one of many other finishes, the aluminum is essentially dyed.
- Damage can occur if an improper cleanser is used. When the use of a cleanser is necessary, immediately rinse thoroughly with clean water.
- WARNING: DO NOT USE vinegar or vinegar based products, abrasive or soft abrasive powders and liquids, bleach or bleach based cleaners, products containing alkaline or phosphoric acids. Additionally dry wall compound and tile grout also contain lime, which will damage aluminum.
How to Care For Glass-Doors, Panels, Transoms, etc.
- Most shower door glass is tempered safety glass. The best way to keep your glass free of potentially damaging water spots is to squeegee the glass after every use. The routine use of 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. Glass that is neglected or ignored will accumulate water spots that will eventually turn into mineral deposits.
- Use of Transparent Polymer Coating Surface Protector to protect your glass is a good idea. A TPC Surface Protector can help to repel water off the glass, but is not intended to replace the use of a squeegee.
How to Effectively Remove Problem Water Spots
- Bio-Clean effectively removes water and mineral stains, soap scum and mildew from glass and other surfaces. This professional strength cleaner is applied to a surface with a dry cloth, sponge, brush or buffer. Press firmly to loosen stain with a rubbing action, and then just rinse with water until residue free. Can be reapplied, as needed until surface is clean.
- Bio-Clean removes Stage I Corrosion quickly. Stage I Corrosion is defined as glass with light corrosion, with little or no damage to the glass. Stage II Corrosion occurs when the deposits are no longer on the surface of the glass, but have started to break down the molecular structure of the glass, leaving an etched or white haze on the glass after the stain has been removed. Bio-Clean will not repair glass with Stage II Corrosion.
If Your Glass Should Break-Tempered Safety Glass
- Most shower door glass is tempered safety glass, manufactured in accordance with federal standards, (Consumer Product Safety Code 16FR1201II). Tempered glass is much stronger than regular, (annealed) glass; however it is still breakable. Avoid striking with any sharp or hard objects, particularly on the very edge of the glass. Such damage can cause either immediate or delayed breakage (usually at a time of temperature change).If your glass shower breaks, it will break instantly into countless small pieces. This is loud and somewhat startling, but substantially safer then when annealed glass breaks. These small pieces sometimes cause superficial cuts, but never cause severe injury that can occur with regular glass.