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The Single Most Critical Upgrade to Include When Remodeling a Bathroom

Remodeling A BathroomIf your bathroom is a bit outdated, this one change could bring it into the 21st century – heavy glass shower doors. Shower doors have gone through a style revolution in the last couple of decades. With the creation of heavy glass, old style framed shower doors are a thing of the past!

What Is Heavy Glass?

First, let’s clarify what heavy glass is and then show you what a difference it makes in modernizing the typical bathroom. Showers doors of yesterday were thin and flexible, so they needed a metal frame to give them support when opening and closing so they wouldn’t break. Today’s heavy glass shower doors are 3/8” to ½” thick which allows them to stand alone without the support of a frame. You’ll love the feel of heavy glass shower doors too. No more wiggling when they open and close. They feel solid, sturdy, and upscale.

Framed Shower Doors Look Dated

Almost all of the shower doors we replace are framed doors. That’s all that was available until about a decade ago when heavy glass was created. If you are updating your bathroom, don’t take it back in time with old-school framed shower doors. Sure, they’re cheaper, and they look like it. Heavy glass shower doors don’t need frames so you can get that modern, sleek, look without all the hardware.

Heavy Glass Means Less Hardware

These advances in glass technology have not only given us thicker glass, but also much more design freedom. Heavy glass needs much less hardware so we can attach heavy glass shower doors with simple clips, handles, and channels greatly reducing the visual intrusion of the metal framework. If you have beautiful tile work in your shower, don’t hide it behind obtrusive doors with frames. Show it off.

Frameless Shower Doors Make Bathrooms Feel Bigger

Because frameless doors are so commanding, going frameless will make the biggest impact on updating your bathroom, especially in a smaller bathroom. And, as an added bonus, frameless shower doors will make your bathroom feel exponentially bigger. This will allow guests to focus on more beautiful, important aspects of your bathroom instead of your outdated shower door.

But My Bathroom Has a Tub

Another trend we’ve witnessed in bathroom design is ditching the tub for a larger shower. Many homeowners find that they don’t use their tub for soaking and would rather have a shower enclosure only. If you have a guest room with a bathtub, but you have three other bathrooms with bathtubs as well, do you really need that one to be a tub? Probably not. Deciding to replace the tub with a shower usually gives us room to expand a small shower and can really enhance a bathroom. Our designers can help you visualize a larger shower. Sometimes, the shower becomes the focal point of the entire room!

TIP: Just don’t replace your only tub. They do come in handy for soaking/cleaning large items.

If you have a bathroom that’s looking a little lost in time, let us update it with heavy glass shower doors. Check out our shower door gallery. Call us at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online and let us create the shower of your dreams.

7 Shower Door Cleaning Tips From the Pros

cleaning glass shower door

While glass shower doors are beautiful and practical, they do require regular maintenance to look their best. Are you caring for yours properly? Learn the tips to keep unsightly hard water streaks and marks away and have sparkling clean glass doors. Here are Janssen Glass & Door’s top glass shower door maintenance tips.

1. Squeegee after Showering

Each time you use your shower is another chance for hard water particles to attach themselves to microscopic pores in the glass shower doors. The best way you can actively prevent this problem is by buying and regularly using a squeegee after every shower.

This small action effectively removes water droplets from glass that could create streaks and hard water marks. Always squeegee directly after you shower and start from top to bottom. Also, take care to work around nooks and crannies to ensure you remove all water droplets.

2.  Use Our Favorite Glass Cleaner

We recommend you start with our favorite glass cleaner, which is Sprayway. This awesome cleaner is our favorite because it doesn’t just clean your glass, but it cares for it too.  All Sprayway glass cleaners are ammonia free, which means they won’t taint your window film or tint.

This cleaner can be used for pretty much any glass in your home, too. Sprayway glass cleaner leaves a spotless finish on glass windows, glass shower doors, glass cabinet doors, and more! You can buy bottles of Sprayway at Janssen Glass in Overland Park. Always start cleaning at the top of the windows and work your way down. This will avoid dirtying already cleaned parts of the window.

Insider cleaning tip: Clean your windows on a cloudy day. If you clean them on a sunny day, the sun’s rays will evaporate the cleaning solution before it has a chance to work its magic.

3.  Use The Right Tools

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Next, make sure you are using the right tools to get the job done. While old rags seem logical, they will leave behind lint, tarnishing the beautiful finish you are trying to achieve.

Instead of using a washrag or paper towels, use a lint-free cloth or, even better, use newspaper!

Don’t worry; the ink won’t stain the glass or mirror. It might leave residue on your hands, but it will leave all the glass and mirrors in your Kansas City home perfectly streak-free and shiny as can be.

If you want to be really thorough, do like professional window cleaners do, and use a squeegee to remove all of the cleaning solution from the windows or glass doors.

4.  Remove Stubborn Debris

Lastly, if you have debris or stickers stuck to your windows that just won’t come off, try this: Wet the window and debris with your window cleaner. Then, take a brand new 1″ single razor blade and evenly, and gently scrape the debris.

Be sure to use the flat edge, and not to poke at the window with the pointy corners. That could scratch your window. Make sure your glass is non-coated if you use this technique.

5. Use Glass Coatings for Shower Doors

One way to passively ensure your glass stays clearer is to use one of two glass coatings for shower doors. While both coatings effectively serve the same purpose, one just lasts longer. These coatings seal glass pores and keep minerals like calcium, magnesium, and other elements in hard water from attaching themselves to the glass.

Cardinal 10, or C10, is an aftermarket spray foam that is applied when your glass shower doors are installed, and then buffed off. This comes with a 10-year warranty.

ShowerGuard is a permanent coating that is applied during the manufacturing of your glass shower doors. The ShowerGuard system permanently seals the glass surface with a patented ion beam process. It protects your glass shower doors from hard water, soap, humidity and more. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. This service will help extend the life of your shower doors, and keep them sparkling clean.

6. How to Clean Shower Door Tracks

Dirty door tracks are gross, unappealing, and plain annoying to clean. They’re easily neglected and forgotten. Out of sight, out of mind, right? It must be done, but it doesn’t have to be so tedious. Here’s a quick summary of how you can easily clean all the shower tracks in your home and rest easier.

Tools You’ll Need for the Homemade Shower Track Cleaner

  • Vinegar
  • Paper Towels
  • Old Toothbrush for Scrubbing
  • Q-Tips for Tight Spots
  • Water Spray Bottle for Rinsing

Get Those Shower Tracks Sparkling Clean

Start by pouring vinegar onto a paper towel so that it’s pretty much soaked. Then lay this onto the tracks, and let them sit for 30 minutes. Soak and lay enough paper towels to cover the length of your shower tracks. Turn on your exhaust fan during this process because the smell of vinegar can be strong.

After 30 minutes, remove the paper towels, and take your old toothbrush and run it across the tracks. With a little bit of effort, all the gunk should brush right off. Use the Q-tips to clean tight spots like corners and around screws. When you’re done scrubbing, take the spray bottle and rinse all the vinegar off the tracks. Once you’re done it should look as good as new!

7. Tired of Cleaning Shower Door Tracks? Get Rid of Them

If you’re sick and tired of cleaning shower door tracks, you should consider installing heavy glass shower doors. These types of shower doors typically swing open, and don’t normally require as much hardware including tracks. Check out our gallery of heavy glass shower doors to see the difference.

DIY: Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

Here are a couple of do-it-yourself solutions from your friends at Janssen Glass & Door. These easy mixtures can save you a little money, and are made with all natural everyday ingredients. You can feel safe using these cleaning solutions around your kids and family.

Scented White Vinegar Glass Cleaner

diy shower glass cleaner
This cleaning solution takes a little prep time, but it’s worth it. Vinegar is a natural cleaning and detoxifying agent, but it is known for having a strong scent.

Two weeks before you need the solution, soak citrus peels of your choice in a fourth of a cup of vinegar.

After the two weeks are up, strain the citrus from the vinegar, and pour it into a spray bottle. Mix in a gallon of water and stir. Then, spray away!

Vinegar and Dish Soap Glass Cleaner

This cleaner also uses the super cleaning agent, vinegar, but requires less prep time. Mix one cup of vinegar, a tablespoon of dish soap of your choice, and a gallon of warm water. Mix the liquids together, and pour into a spray bottle. That’s it!

Read more glass cleaning tips on your blog here. Call Janssen Glass & Door for all your glass and mirror needs at (913) 677-5727.