Month: March 2016

Janssen Glass’s Quick Spring Cleaning Guide

spring-cleaning-tipsThe sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming. Spring has finally made its way to Kansas City!

Cue the cleaning supplies and rags, it’s time to freshen up and spring clean your home. Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. The team at Janssen Glass put together a handy checklist to help you spruce things up.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Where to Start:

Work your way from top to the bottom. We recommend starting with the ceiling and making your way down to the floor.

Cleaners to Use:

Today there are so many different types of chemical cleaners used. However, many people are now turning to non-toxic homemade cleaners. They can clean the dust and grime and still leave your house fresh and safe. For those who prefer the chemical-free route, the Janssen Glass team put together a DIY guide for creating your own glass cleaner.

What Materials to Use:

Another tip for cleaning ceilings and walls is to use a sponge mop to help you reach higher areas. As for glass, use a squeegee or a microfiber rag. To clean the glass, use a circular motion, then go back over wiping vertically.

Related Read: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes Caring for Your Glass

Where to Clean:

Think of all the places in your home where dust or dirt can collect. Cleaning these areas will not only look better but by cleaning areas where you don’t necessarily notice dust and dirt, you will help improve the overall quality of your home’s air. We recommend cleaning these areas:

  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Baseboards
  • Floors
  • Windows & window screens
  • Mirrors
  • Light fixtures

Looking for more glass cleaning tips? You can find them in this glass care article. For help with your home’s glass, call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727.

Don’t Make These Common Mistakes Caring For Your Glass

glass-cleaning-mistakesGlass is a beautiful component to a home, whether it is for functional or decorative purposes. Oftentimes, however, homeowners aren’t sure how to properly care for their glass. Knowing how to clean and care for your glass is essential to keeping your class features looking great. Janssen Glass shares our top tips for doing just that!

Glass + Paper Towels = A No No

A common misconception when it comes to cleaning glass windows is that you can use paper towels. Because paper towels are fibrous and delicate, they tend to leave behind a lot of lint, which can leave you with a bigger mess than when you started. While you can use newspaper instead, as it is unlikely to produce any loose fibers, keep in mind that some newspaper inks can leave behind streaks. Your best option for cleaning your glass? A microfiber cloth.

Ditch the Ammonia

A common misconception is that using ammonia is good for glass. However, ammonia can actually leave behind a film that collects dust. We recommend using Sprayway glass cleaner, because it works as a protectant as well as a cleaner. Another option to consider is creating your own glass cleaner using common cleaning supplies. The Janssen Glass team put together a DIY guide for creating your own glass cleaner here.

Mirror Musts

When cleaning mirrors, be sure to never use abrasives. Abrasives, as with glass, can scratch and seriously damage the mirror. Keep in mind that you never want to apply the cleaning solution directly to the mirror itself because it can pool and damage the frame and backing.

Tips for Glass Tabletops

Glass tabletops look beautiful in a home and caring for them is actually quite easy. Remember, they are fragile, so take care not to set heavy or objects with sharp edges on the table. Always use coasters and tablemats to protect your glass tabletop. Don’t forget to clean these tabletops often, as they collect and show off dust and fingerprints more than most surfaces.

Read more glass cleaning tips on our blog here. Looking for help with your home’s glass? Call Janssen Glass & Door for all your glass and mirror needs at (913) 677-5727.