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Simple Shower Solutions: How to Re-Caulk Your Shower

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The stained caulk around the shower door or odd puddles outside of the shower are both signs that your shower needs some attention. If you are experiencing extensive leaking issues, it may be time for a new shower door. However, updating the caulking is an inexpensive and fairly simple way to gauge if your shower door needs a quick fix or a total replacement.  

Why Updating Your Shower’s Caulking Is Important

Normal use takes its toll on shower doors in general. The sealant used to hold your door frame steady and to keep water off your floor and walls is put to the test daily by soap, shampoo, and household cleaners.

Products and abrasion cause discoloration and can cause breaches that promote mold growth within your shower. Replacing shower door caulking will leave the stall looking and feeling cleaner, and if done correctly, the new sealant will protect the bathroom walls from leaks and dampness.

Related Read: Is Your Shower Making You Sick?

Where to Start

Begin by examining the caulking around the glass door. Also, check the status of the caulking on the rest of the shower surround and tub. Identify the leaks and get smart about what kind of material the shower is made of and the most appropriate caulk to use.

Next, Gather Supplies:

  • Utility knife to cut away old caulking.
  • Putty knife to scrape away caulking and debris.
  • Sandpaper is optional, but can be used to further clean and smooth the surface.
  • Mold and mildew cleaner (or diluted white vinegar) to clean the seams and gaps and kill the mold and mildew spores.
  • Stiff bristled cleaning brush for scrubbing the seam before reapplying caulking
  • Caulking, particularly a mildew resistant type to prolong its life in your shower  (Make sure you know the difference between grout and caulk, and the different caulking materials and colors available.)
  • Caulking gun which is used to push the caulk from the tube. A helpful hint: try borrowing one because you will need it rarely
  • Dry, lint-free cloth

    Follow These Steps

  1. Use the utility knife and putty knife to cut and clean away the old caulking; be sure to wear a mask to prevent mold inhalation.
  2. Thoroughly clean the seam with anti-mildew cleaner or slightly diluted white distilled vinegar.
  3. Let the area dry completely. Examine the seams, lightly sand any rough areas and use the cloth to wipe the area clean.  
  4. Apply a bead of caulk in one fluid line between joints, each time using a moist finger to remove excess caulk and evenly fill the seam.
  5. Repeat on all seams until the shower is re-sealed.  
  6. Let dry completely, between 12 and 24 hours, then visually check the work as well as wet-test the areas to make sure the leaks are resolved.
  7. Finally, you can admire the fresh clean look.

Watch This: How to Properly Caulk a Shower Stall

 

The experienced home improvement hobbyist can expect to spend between two and four hours doing this project, not including drying time. However, this is not a project for a novice; there is too much at stake. For instance, trapping water behind the caulk or failing to identify the real cause of puddling or mold can lead to more extensive, and expensive, problems.

To have shower caulk replaced correctly, the source of water leakage or puddling must be definitively identified. Only once the source is identified, can homeowners rest easy knowing their bathroom is ready to get back to its daily role of keeping you clean.

Looking to install a new glass shower door? Contact Janssen Glass today, and check out our blog for more helpful tips and tricks to care for the glass in your home!

 

The Prime Time to Wash away Your Pollen Problem

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Springtime brings loads of pollen and dust in the air, leaving that pesky green and yellow film on your outdoor glass and furniture. Many feel the urge to clean these surfaces the moment they start seeing green, but depending on the time of year, cleaning may not be worth it.

Knowing when pollen season starts and ends in your area can save you time and help you avoid useless cleaning. No one needs to waste time cleaning a mess that will reappear the next day, which is why Janssen Glass is explaining the best time to clean pesky pollen and when to wait it out.

 

Pollen Primetime

In general, pollen season typically lasts from early spring to late autumn, but different plants release pollen at different times.

  • Tree Pollen is the first to fall, starting mid-March and continuing until mid-May.
  • Grass Pollen is next, arriving in mid-May and staying into July.
  • Weed Pollen is the last pollen to fall, from the end of June all the way to September.

Helpful Tip: Depending on where you are located, find out which types of pollen are worse in your area to decide on optimal cleaning times.

 

To Clean or Not To Clean

With steady pollen arriving all spring and summer long,  choosing when to deep clean your windows and outdoor surfaces can feel like a guessing game. However, if you wait all season long to clean, built-up pollen can be a pain to power through. In some cases, pollen buildup can get so bad that it may even require professional cleaning to completely eliminate.

To avoid this issue, we suggest staying on top of pollen problems by cleaning these outdoor surfaces once every month, followed by a deep clean in early September. If the pollen is light, it may be enough to spray it down with a hose, followed by a wipe down with your preferred glass cleaner. However, some pollens are stickier than others and may require more work to remove. For those pesky pollens, check out these alternative home solutions that can make cleaning your windows a breeze.

Pollen season doesn’t have to be a bother. Plan ahead with these tips and regular upkeep to spend less time worrying about pollen, and more time enjoying springtime.

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.

 

3 Cool Ways to Incorporate Glass into Your Pool Area

Summer is right around the corner here in Kansas City, which means those of you with pools are getting them  prepped. If you’re ready to take your pool to the next level this summer, call the glass experts at Janssen Glass & Door. There are a few ways to incorporate glass into your pool area that will transform it into a modern, luxurious, and safer place to spend those sweltering summer days.

Glass Walled PoolGlass Wall Swimming Pool

Installing glass walls in your swimming pool definitely ups the cool factor. It gives your pool an infinity edge, that makes for a great optical illusion. Whether you choose to install custom glass for all your pool’s walls, or just one of them, it creates a one-of-a-kind look that your guests will “oohh and ahh” over.

Use Glass to Fence in Your PoolGlass Gate Around Pool

Another way to incorporate glass into your pool area, is to use custom glass railings to create a fence around your pool. This is great for homeowners with kids. This allows you to keep small children out of  harm’s way, without obstructing your view of your serene pool. Net fences can be distracting, and make your pool area look cluttered, and a rope is not enough to keep kids away from the pool.

Looking for other ways to spruce up your outside living area for the spring and summer? Check out our blog post, 3 Ways to Use Glass to Beautify Your Patio.

Hot Tub Glass WallCreate a Glass Enclosed Hot Tub

If you also have a hot tub connected to your pool, you can create a spectacular view by using glass to enclose the half circumference that’s connected to the pool.  It will look like the water is rising straight out of the pool. You can also do this with standalone hot tubs.

Call Janssen Glass & Door  today at (913) 677-5727 to install custom glass pieces into your pool area before pool season is in full swing.

Why Kansas City Homeowners Are Choosing Heavy Glass Shower Doors

frameless_euro_style_shower_door_brookside_2We predict 2015 is going to be another big year for heavy glass shower doors in Kansas City. In the past few years, we’ve seen a huge upward trend in the installation of these types of shower doors in homes all over the area from Overland Park to Lee’s Summit, and beyond. But why do homeowners prefer heavy glass shower doors to light glass shower doors, shower curtains, or any of the other number of options? Here’s what the glass experts at Janssen Glass & Door have discovered from talking to our large pool of customers.

Related Read: 3 Glass Shower Door Ideas for Your Customized Bathroom in Kansas City

Heavy Glass Shower Doors Are Easier to Care for

Cleaning and caring for heavy glass shower doors is a breeze, and homeowners love anything that makes their myriad tasks around the house shrink. Heavy glass doors are sturdy enough to stand on their own, without the support of a frame. This means there are fewer obstructions when trying to squeegee the shower doors clean after someone bathes. A few swipes is all it takes.

They Show Off Your Beautiful Shower

Less hardware means less distraction when it comes to heavy glass shower doors. Your focus is no longer on the shower doors themselves, but on the beauty of the shower behind them. You have the ability to show off the beautiful tile work inside your shower oasis.

They Are Not Obtrusive

Another great advantage to heavy glass shower doors is their beauty. Without the need of a frame, heavy glass shower doors have a crisp and clean look. They do not obstruct your view of the rest of the bathroom. It makes your room seem even more spacious, which is always a plus. Also, you don’t feel claustrophobic behind hardware or darkening curtains.

Call Janssen Glass & Door today at (913) 677-5727 or  (816) 472-5330 to install heavy glass doors in your Kansas City Shower.