All posts by Richard Gilbert

Glass For Balustrades and More

A modern look for your classy home

Your home is a reflection of your own personal style and taste. If you like clean lines and open space feeling throughout your home then it may be a good idea to add more glass features to your home design. This can be accomplished with some non traditional features that will not only open your space up but also make it feel high class and expensive. Often times glass is used in modern designs but it can be added to contemporary and even industrial designs to give your guest that wow factor. Stairs, balustrade, splashbacks and other home features can be made of glass or incorporate glass to achieve a look that is to die for even if your design isnt strictly modern.

Glass balustrade

A glass balustrade offers an excellent opportunity for more open floor plan. A glass balustrade inside your home is a unique feature that allows light to come in and travel upstairs , downstairs and all over. Gone are the dark corners. They look beautiful framed or frameless and a glass balustrade service can help you choose a style that is right for your home. You’ll also beaboe to choose hardware material which can really tie the whole space together. A glass balustrade service can start at the landing of your stairs and wind all the way down your staircase. A glass balustrade service is a just one way to get more glass features into your home design.

Glass Balcony

If the outside of your home is of modern design then a glass balcony may be a feature you may want to include. On the back of the home with large or just a small sitting area outside of your bedroom a glass balcony gives unobstructed views of the area. It looks so amazing and is the ultimate in outdoor living . even if your home is not designed modern on the outside it still makes for an interesting and eye catching feature for the outside of your home.

Glass Splashbacks

Glass splashbacks in the kitchen are a practical yet beautiful use of glass in your home. Glass splashbacks come in so many shapes and sizes it’s easy to customize to fit the theme or style of your kitchen.the glass splashback is practical as well as functional because it is easy to clean when food gets on it. It protects the wall and possibly any art you may have painted behind it. In kitchens it important that splashbacks to blend seamlessly between the countertops and the cabinets and glass allows you to do that.

Glass is such a versatile material that looks great all over the home. It’s often seen in modern designs and appreciated for its clean lines and its ability to make a space feel more open. But even if you don’t have a modern theme in your home there are still many ways in which you can use glass to create eye catching features.

Most asked questions about a glass balustrade

So you’re wondering if a glass balustrade is the right choice for your home, but you have some questions. Good , that means you are serious about making the right choice for your home or office. Glass balustrades are an amazing addition to any home or office space. They allow for unobstructed views in the space and allow for light and air to flow throughout. They can be customized in a number of different way to fit the space. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about maintenance customization and safety to give you a piece of mind as you make your decisions.

Maintenance

With all that glass what does maintenance for a glass balustrade look like. You’ll see that after your glass balustrade installation indoor or outdoor maintenance is pretty easy. Simple water and a squeegee are really all you need indoors and for an outdoor space you would add white vinegar to the routine. If you have small children or if it’s in a high traffic office space then you may have to clean it once or twice a week to keep fingerprints and smudges to a minimum but it’s not very labor intensive.

Safety

Safety can be a big concern when committing to so much glass in your home or office. But you don’t have to worry because the glass that is used in the glass balustrade installation is solid. You can rest assured that this is not the glass that you see in windows or french doors. This glass is thick and it is securely fastened to the hardware to make it sometimes the safest thing in your home. If your worried about height, building regulation and company standards ensure that the glass is tall enough.

Odd angles

Not all home are created the same. If your worried about the odd angle of stairs or landing in your home, don’t sweat the small stuff. Glass balustrade installation is custom to your space so no matter how many stairs are in a funny shape or angle your glass balustrade will fit seamlessly. Handrails add a level of security in tight angles so that you always have something to hold on to. You can have a cool feature even if your home or office is strangely configured or designed.

A glass balustrade is a unique feature for your home or office space. It doesn’t matter how your space is designed or laid out your glass balustrade installation will be customized to fit all your needs and safety concerns. Maintenance is relatively simple and doesn’t require any special tools you don’t already have in your home or office. You’ll be able to enjoy the open and unobstructed views in your home and office and appreciate the flow of light throughout the space. If you have any more questions about how a glass balustrade will fit into your home or business make sure to contact a company and ask.

Glass balustrade installation

Handrails For Your Glass Balustrade

So you’ve chosen a glass balustrade for your home or business. Congrats and what a good choice you’ve made. A glass balustrade not only adds a unique design feature to your space but it is also a long lasting feature you will love. When you’ve chosen the location and the type of glass balustrade you also have to choose the types of railing and fitting you want to have. The most popular materials to choose from are stainless steel, brass and wood. Each lends something different to your design and allows you to make something special. Continue reading Handrails For Your Glass Balustrade

How to Clean Glass Streak-Free Like A Pro

Follow the five simple tips from professionals to get a lasting shine on your glass and helps in Streak-Free Glass Cleaning

Let’s say you have a huge house, it has many glass work done in many places. You have a beautiful pool with a glass fence, an elegant bathroom with glass showers and huge mirror and a splashback mirror in the kitchen.

All these glass instalments need a good cleaning, either you need to hire a professional to do the job, or you deem to do it yourself. In any case, it will cost you nothing to know some basic and interesting tips as to how it is done the right way; even if you don’t live in a huge house.

Clean Water

Although this might sound mundane, clean water is the most important tool of a trade when it comes to cleaning glass. Of course, everyone knows what a clean water is, but there is more to it than meets the eye. The thing about glass is that you can see everything with it; all the minute details. This means if you are using hard water from the tape, all the particles and minerals will stick to your glass and you will end up with a shiny glass with streaks and lint on it.

Use distilled water, especially if you are diluting your glass cleaner.There are many ways to make distilled water.

Vinegar for Streak-Free Glass Cleaning

Vinegar stands out from the crowd, it is your winning candidate for removing stains from practically anything. The odour may irk you for the first few minutes but it will go away soon. After all its cleaning your glass for almost no price. Just make a vinegar solution, put it in a spray bottle, and sprinkle sparingly on the glass surface. Who needs chemical cleaners, when you can make an organic one yourself.

Don’t be soapy

The common mistakes that most people do, when glass cleaning , and perhaps this is the most commonly misunderstood perception, is to create so much soap on the surface. The fewer suds on glass the lesser streaks. Unless your glass has some deposits on it, coffee, tea or pet-food stains you should add some soap to your solution, but be gentle and go easy. Just make enough for the stains to go away.

Microfibre, not paper towels

Microfibres are life-savers when it comes to glass cleaning . Gone are the days when people used to carry huge rolls, paper and tissues. Microfibre will leave no streaks on your glass while paper towels will; a lot! So save your glass from an unlimited number of streaks and give the microfibre a thumbs-up. If you don’t have microfibre, go for your morning newspaper. It also does the job well, but don’t forget to wear gloves or you will have all the ink on your hands.

Dry Cloth

Last but certainly not the least; buff it clean. Again the microfibre cloth is an ideal, but if you have an old clean rag that should be fine too. This should be a quick job, just the final touches to the job you have done well. Afterall, you don’t want any streaks left behind. This part of the job, if done regularly after a thorough cleaning, can save your glass from accumulating a whole lot streaks and dirt.

So be it your kitchen splashbacks, the mirror and glass shower in your bathroom, pool-fence or the fancy glass balustrade; if you follow these helpful tips to clean them you are doing a wonderful job.

About MaxGlass

At Max Glass, we have extensive experience working on a range of projects of all sizes and complexity. The glass features we create for you will be tailored to your requirements and the style of your home. In other words, they’ll be unique, creating something you will want to show off to every visitor.

You can use our experience and knowledge to get advice about the possible glass features you can install in your home. To speak to a member of our team, please call us today on 021 02687818.

 

Top Tips for Keeping Your Glass Shower Screen Clean

Glass shower screens are superior to curtains in several ways. They look better, they can’t be pulled down like curtains can, and they are better at keeping water inside the shower. They also look cleaner than curtains which can stain, become faded, and generally start to look grubby over time.

It is important to clean your shower screen properly, however, to keep it looking its best.
Not only that, you have to keep the shower screen clean between your formal cleaning sessions. After all, the glass will lose its sparkle after just one shower if you do nothing with it.

So, here are our top tips for not only cleaning your shower screen, but also keeping it looking great all the time.

Choose the Right Cleaning Solution

You can use a purpose made cleaning product to clean your shower screen or you can make up a solution using normal household products. Some people prefer homemade solutions as they don’t contain harmful substances. One of the most common is a vinegar and water solution.

Wipe Down Daily

This is the most important tip on this list as it’s crucial to keeping your glass shower screen clean all the time. After you have a shower, water, soap, shampoo, and conditioner marks remain on the glass. This leaves streaks and smudges and leaves the glass looking far from clean.

The way to deal with this is simple – wipe down the glass once you finish in the shower. You can use an old towel or a cloth – anything to remove the water and soap from the surface of the glass. You don’t have to spend much time doing it – a minute or two after every shower.

Don’t forget to ask other people in your family and anyone else living in the house to do the same.

Buy a Squeegee

Following on from the last point, the best type of cloth you can use to wipe down your glass shower screen after every use is a squeegee. Squeegees are also great when you are doing a proper clean of your shower.

They are quick to use as they very absorbent, plus they leave the glass looking shiny and clean.

Don’t Forget the Rest of Your Shower

Your glass will never look great however clean it is if other parts of the shower are neglected. It is, therefore, important you spend some time on those areas too. This includes:

  • Regularly cleaning and removing mould – your bathroom and shower are the perfect places for mould to form. It looks horrible, though, so clean it regularly. Also, make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated while you’re having a shower to help prevent mould from appearing.
  • Keep the walls and fittings clean – if the walls of your shower and the shower fittings are grubby, a clean and clear shower screen will simply make it easier to see them. In fact, you should wipe down the walls and the fittings after every shower just like you do the shower screen in order to get the best effect.
  • Don’t neglect the door seal – if you have a glass shower screen door, take some time to clean the seal as it can attract dirt and grime too.

By following the above tips, your bathroom, shower, and glass shower screen will always sparkle.

11 Tips for Cleaning Glass and Mirrors

It is easy to spot glass that hasn’t been cleaned in a while. Unfortunately, it’s also easy to spot glass that has been cleaned poorly – just look for the streaks and residue grime and dirt. In fact, cleaning can add streaks and make the glass look just as bad as before you started, depending on how you do it.

So, how do you clean glass to ensure it is streak free and extra shiny? Here are our 11 top tips.

1. Work from the Top Down

If you start at the bottom and work up, you will have drips running from the top onto the part you have just cleaned. So, start at the top of the glass and work your way down to avoid streak-causing drips.

2. Use a Homemade Glass Cleaning Solution

You don’t need an expensive glass cleaner to get the best results – a homemade solution using vinegar and water is just as good. Use one-part vinegar to four-parts water for glass that is relatively clean. For glass that is grubbier, add more vinegar.

3. Add Dishwasher Liquid

If the glass is particularly grimy or has a waxy film, add dishwasher liquid to your vinegar and water solution. Don’t use very much as it will cause streaks, but the addition of dishwasher liquid will clean away the grime. You can then use a vinegar and water solution to finish cleaning the glass.

4. Use a Squeegee

Squeegees give great results plus they make cleaning your glass easy. It is worth investing in one. Microfibre cloths are also good.

5. Don’t Use Paper Towels

Unless you want glass that is streaky, don’t use paper towels.

6. Rub the Right Way

Start rubbing the glass in a circular motion to clean it. Once you’ve covered the entire surface with this motion, go over it again with vertical wipes followed by horizontal. This will make sure it is shiny and helps to remove streaks. Also, it helps if you mix the horizontal and vertical wipes on glass that you clean on both sides. For example, on one side, rub vertically then horizontally and on the other, do the opposite – horizontally then vertically. This helps you spot streaks.

7. Dry the Glass

Streaks appear on glass that is not dried after being cleaned so make sure you dry and buff the glass. Also, try to dry the glass immediately after you clean it.

8. Get the Corners

Use a smaller tool to get into the corners of the glass. A cotton bud is ideal.

9. Finish with Newspaper

If you still get newspapers in your home, they are a great tool for cleaning glass. Use a scrunched-up piece at the very end and rub it over the surface of the glass. The ink on the newspaper removes any remaining streaks and leaves the glass ultra-shiny.

10. Try to Clean Glass on a Cloudy Day

Streaks appear on cleaned glass when the cleaning solution dries too quickly. This happens most often when you clean the glass on a sunny day. Cloudy days are, therefore, best.

11. Avoid the Frames

Do your best to keep the cleaning solution away from any frames on your glass, particularly if its wood.

Finally, the more you clean your glass, the easier it is to keep clean. Plus, glass that is always clean looks better in your home.

The Best Ways to Use Mirrors in Your Home

Mirrors have a functional purpose, but they are also a great design feature that you can use to enhance your home. Try these ideas.

Make a Mirror the Room’s Focal Point

Mirrors work great in rooms where they are the focal point and/or main feature. There are other ways to use mirrors, of course, but you can really change the look of a room by using a mirror rather than artwork or a television as the room’s focal point.

Use Mirrors to Reflect Views

Do you have a fantastic view out of your window? You can enhance this by using a mirror to reflect the view. It can take time to get the position right, but it’s worth it. The obvious place to position the mirror is on a wall that is opposite the window but try walls that are perpendicular too.

Use Mirrors to Reflect Light

Even if you don’t have a great view, a mirror in a room can also be used to maximise natural light. Usually, the best position for a mirror when this is one of your objectives is adjacent to the windows.

Spread Soft Light

You can also use mirrors to subtly and gently spread soft light in your rooms without adding additional artificial lighting. This is particularly beneficial in bedrooms where you use a mirror positioned close to a lamp to maximise the impact of its light.

Add Space to Rooms with Mirrors

One of the biggest advantages of using mirrors in your home is they make rooms look bigger. You will need a mirror that is a decent size but when you do, the room will instantly appear more spacious.

Go with a Big Mirror in a Small Room

Following on from the last point, the bigger the better. This applies to small rooms too, so don’t be afraid of adding a big mirror – even something that is floor to ceiling. In fact, the bigger the mirror you use in a small room, the more spacious it will feel.

Be Aware of What is Being Reflected

Some of the points above highlight the benefits of reflecting nice views and light into your room. It is also possible, however, to reflect something into the room which is not as nice. So, before you decide on a position for your mirror, make sure you check what you will be able to see from different angles in the room.

Use Mirrors to Add Texture

The easiest way to do this is with a mirror frame. You have much more creative freedom with a mirror frame than you do with a picture frame which enables you to add texture to the room. Unique frames that are 3D will help you achieve this.

Use Mirrors to Enhance Decor

The style of mirror you choose can also add to the room’s style and can finish the room.

Place Mirrors with a Purpose

Make sure you place mirrors around your home strategically as it is possible to go overboard. Also, don’t simply add a mirror to fill a space on a wall. Instead, place them carefully and think about what is being reflected.

Use Mirrors Outdoors

Mirrors can have effects that are just as dramatic outdoors as indoors. You can add a sense of space to outside areas, create optical illusions, add design features, and more.

Finally, don’t limit yourself to the mirrors you see for sale in shops. When you use custom mirror design, your options with mirrors are almost endless.