How To Take Care Of Your Glass: And 6 Other Home Cleaning Tips & Tricks

There’s nothing worse than cleaning a whole house only to look over to see streaks still covering all the glass windows, doors and mirrors. Here are ways to ensure streak free clean glass along with 6 other tips & tricks for a truly clean home.

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Streak Free Glass

  • Say no to paper towel and cotton rags. The best option when cleaning glass is to use either newspaper or microfiber cloths.
  • Make sure to work from the top to the bottom.
  • Use cotton swabs for hard to reach corners.
  • Try making your own glass cleaner formula by mixing 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to work quickly! The longer the cleaner sits the more streaks you will find.

6 Other Cleaning Tips & Tricks

  1. Keep you baseboards clean by taking a dryer sheet to them.
  2. Clean the stove top like never before by using a mixture of Dawn dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Pour vinegar into a plastic bag and secure it over the shower head to unclog it and make it shine like new.
  4. Use a squeegee to get pet hair and lint out of couches and carpets.
  5. Clean window screens by rubbing a lint roller over them.
  6. Use a lemon to remove any hard water stains on faucets and shower fixtures.

With these tips & tricks your home will be cleaner than ever before.

Make a Statement with Glass

When thinking about glass installments, people don’t usually focus on decoration. However, mix things up and bring in custom glass fixtures to take center stage in a room. From redecorating to looking to add value to your home, decorative glass is here to help.

Add curb appeal by switching out your current entry way door with a door with glass windows that allows light to shine through

In the Entry Way

Add curb appeal to your home while lightening up your space by switching out your current solid front door with a door with a window.  

In the Kitchen

Wow your guests by allowing an expert to make your beaten down tabletops new again. Glass table tops allow your table to stand out and stand up to the wear and tear of everyday usage.

In the Bathroom

Renovate your now mundane bathroom by adding custom mirrors, a frameless shower, or even a beautiful skylight to open up the space. Once updated, you’ll never want to leave.

Remodel your living room space by adding custom glass and translucent shades to let in light and keep your privacy

In the Living Room

Tired of dark drapes being the only solution to obtain some privacy within your living space? Switch to translucent shades which allow you to keep your privacy while allowing the sun to shine through simultaneously.

These small improvements can make a big difference in your home and will make a statement that guests will never forget. Call the experts at Glass Express Inc. today to get a free quote!

 

Spice up your Fall with Decorative Glass

 

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Summer’s out and Fall’s in. Now that a new season has arrived, it is time to spice up your home with decorative glass. There are so many fun ways to incorporate glass into your home, from a simple glass separator to glass floors.

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Glass Tabletops 

Add a glass table to any room to instantly brighten it up. Glass tables can be easy to clean and they add a modern touch to your room. There are many ways you can get creative with glass table tops, from textures, size and colors.

Glass Floors

If you are ready to take your decorative glass to the next level, add glass floors to your home. This feature will leave any house guest in awe. This is especially neat when the glass floors opens up to a wine cellar.

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Sky light

One of the best ways to allow natural light into a room is with a sky light. The natural light can warm a room, and instantly make a room feel larger. Sky lights are especially effective in a bedroom or nook. There is nothing like sleeping under the stars!

Glass Separator

A glass separator allows rooms to be separate while remaining connected. Rooms can still flow nicely together, but the room can have its own design. Glass separators are great for dividing family rooms from other busy living spaces in your home.

Mirrors

Does your rooms feel small and stuffy? For a quick fix, add a large mirror. Mirrors can create an illusion that makes smaller rooms appear larger. They also reflect light and can showcase artwork that is hanging in your home.

There are so many ways to bring glass into your home, how are you going to spice up this Fall? Contact your experts at Glass Express to start this season off right!

Enhance Your Master with Custom Glass

Did you know that the master bathroom plays one of the most important roles in selling a house? Simply adding custom shower doors, framing a mirror, or deep cleaning can make a big difference! Regardless if you are selling your house or not, the master bathroom proves to be one of the most significant and judged rooms in a home. So take the time to make your dream master bath…it will pay off in the long run!

Small fixes can go a long way in a master bath. Focus on a few changes to make a big difference!

Shower

Your shower should serve as a mini oasis, so make it look like one! A shower can have a big impact on a bathroom, so add some of your personal style to it. Go with a frameless shower door and waterfall showerhead, or a custom glass door and multiple showerheads. There are so many options, so speak with an expert to get the most out of your space.

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Deep-Clean Tile and Grout

Updating a master bathroom can take a lot of work and money, so save where you can. If the tile and grout is still in style, then deep clean it versus replacing it. You will save a lot of money and have a new appreciation for your old tile…it will almost feel as if it’s new.

Lighting

Lighting can serve a big role in a master bathroom…especially when applying makeup! Interior lighting often gets more attention in other rooms, but don’t dismiss the master. Focus most of your bathroom lighting efforts on the vanity, since this is where you will spend the most time getting ready.

Mirrors

One item that often gets put on the back burner of a master bathroom is the mirrors. Every bathroom has one, but they often lack appeal and uniqueness. A mirror is a big focal point of a master bathroom, so have fun with it! Try framing an existing mirror or bring in an expert to create a custom mirror just for your master.

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Don’t wait to create the master bathroom of your dreams. Call your experts at Glass Express to get started today!

Steps to a Timeless Bathroom Remodel

I see them every weekend at big box home improvement stores. There they are roaming the aisles high from one too many episodes of HGTV and DIY network. They want to remodel their bathroom, and they start in the tile aisle, then they move on to cabinets and then to fixtures. It’s a common remodeling mistake that even your most seasoned DIYer is apt to fall into. In order to avoid starting your bathroom remodel with last things first, here are some simple steps to ensure the order of your process leads you to the bathroom you envisioned on day one.

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First, spend a half hour in your space. Go in the bathroom and sit. Not on the throne, sit on the floor and look for light. Natural light is a must for a great bathroom with a timeless design. Where is the window? Does it allow for the flow of natural light through the whole bath? If there isn’t a window is a skylight and option? Never discount the value of natural light and fresh air in a bathroom. It doesn’t matter if the room is large or small, the starting place is looking for the details of air movement and light. Don’t stop at a window for light, always include elements of glass and mirror. Glass shower enclosure or oversize custom mirror might be the linchpin for movement of natural light through your space. Think long term in order to get the most from your remodel, in ten years it won’t matter if you had cute tile in a dark and muggy bathroom. Start with the light.

Next, function is charm! Whether your style is shabby chic, contemporary art deco, or somewhere in the middle with modern farmhouse, the function of user space is charm. Consider space available, sight lines, as well as, family specific user accommodations. A bathroom that functions is cleaner and adds lifestyle value that is a delight!

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Lastly, delve into all the details of how you want to decorate the space. Pick out color schemes, tile patterns, fixtures and knobs. Pick a balance of items that represent your taste and neutral elements that withstand the test of time. The details do matter, but they matter most when they start with good design.

Although bathrooms are small compared to most of the other rooms in your home, they are among the more important. In order to get the most of the time and money you spend updating yours make a good start to your project. A bathroom remodel should look great in the end but homeowners who follow these simple steps will end with a new room that is more than just a pretty powder room. It will be a room that adds exceptional value because it will be airy, light, and will work for the people who live there for years to come.

Spring Clean – Clean Windows Too!

I don’t know about you, but I love Spring cleaning. I love opening up an overstuffed closet or a cluttered drawer and letting the purge begin. I like looking into dark corners and high spaces that are usually neglected or at least not scrutinized and giving them the deep cleaning attention they deserve. Windows have a tendency to fall into this category of an area of your home that could be overlooked for a season, but all of the sudden the sun is shining a bit more brightly and you notice all the build up they’ve collected now that hibernating season is over. Giving your windows a deep Spring cleaning will make you feel a sense of accomplishment and will leave your house looking great.

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Rain itself does not make windows dirty. Windows get dirty from dirt. Dirt, pollen, and dust build up on your windows and the rain splatters it around making spots. The best way to clean windows is with lukewarm soapy water and a squeegee. The fewer bubbles the better. Wash the windows and immediately use the squeegee in the top corner pulling down in an S pattern to remove the soapy residue. Clean the squeegee after every swipe with a dry cloth. After removing most of the soap solution, go over the corners of your window with another dry microfiber cloth. It’s best to wash windows on an overcast day. If the sun is too hot, the suds have a tendency to dry quicker than you can clean them off, leaving streak marks.

For those of you who don’t have the time to do the cleaning yourself, there are professional window cleaners out there. Make the call and schedule an appointment to have the work done for you. If you can afford this route, all the more power to you. For those of you who will be doing the work yourself, set realistic goals. There are a lot of windows in your home. Keeping the workload manageable by deciding to do the inside windows on one occasion and the outside windows on another. Or break up your home by sides, do the entire front of the house windows inside and out, before you move to the sides and rear of your home.

When cleaning your windows this year for Spring, remember there’s nothing like being completely at ease with your living space and even a little proud of what you’ve done to beautify your home. Satisfaction from a job well done is a great feeling. Now’s the time to throw off whatever clings to you and your home from winter and move into a brighter cleaner Spring!

Custom Glass Mirrors – Decorator’s Dream Tool

Whether you’re the type of homeowner that is aware of every aesthetically pleasing nuance of your home’s space and decorates to the detail or you have a more hands off approach to decorating with a ‘show me what works’ attitude, having mirrors in your space is a must. Custom glass mirrors are a dynamic tool that tends to give much more than they get. A well placed mirror gets lots of attention without us even noticing that it’s there or much less working overtime for our pleasure. A mirror can brighten, elongate, give depth to, or show off any space in need of a little help.

MIRRORS MADE TO LOOK IN

Certain mirrors are made to be looked in. Checking to see how you look is an everyday part of our lives. Having the right mirror in practical spaces of self-reflection defines the room as much as it decorates it. The bathroom, for instance, needs one or two pragmatic mirrors, each with a different purpose for inspection. Do not be afraid to go big. A large custom mirror in a small space works. In this case, the more of yourself you see, the better you’re bound to look.

custom glass mirrorsMIRRORS WHOSE FUNCTION IS FOCAL POINT

If you’ve just spent a good deal on a showcase piece of furniture or even a piece of art, placing a mirror on the opposing wall is an excellent way to reflect the piece giving it even more angles at which to be observed and therefore more importance in the room. Selecting a custom mirror is the best way to ensure all your spatial and aesthetic needs are met.

A well designed custom mirror is one of the best definitions of ‘fashion meets function’ for a home. These versatile masterpieces have the ability to lighten a dark room, broaden a narrow one, or trick the eye into noticing that new piece of art, all the while being art itself. Stop the endless looking for the perfect mirror to go in your home. Contact Glass Express to find out more about creating the mirror that you and your space deserve.

How to Properly Clean Glass Windows

Cleaning glass windows – a task no one really likes to do but must be done. But how do you clean glass windows correctly and without streaks? Glass Express has the answers for you. Check out these tips we found on TLC on how to properly clean glass windows:

1. Use Distilled Water
Do you know what’s in your water? Neither do most people, but most times it doesn’t matter. When it comes to cleaning your windows, you should be concerned. Using hard water can leave streaks on your glass windows and mirrors.

2.  Vinegar can Help
Vinegar is one of those all-purpose ingredients that’s tough to live without. It’s as great on a salad as it is on your mirrors. Vinegar can do wonders for your windows and mirrors. A vinegar-water solution (50/50) work great. Just spray and wipe it away as you would with any other cleaner.

3. Minimize Suds
Cleaning with a bunch of suds will leave your glass full of streaks. If you are using vinegar, this shouldn’t be much of a problem; however, if you have a really dirty mirror and you want use soap to clean it, use very little.

4. Stay Away From Paper Towels
Paper towels should never be used to clean windows, mirrors, tabletops, or any type of glass at all. Paper towels leave behind dreadful, linty streaks. A microfiber cloth should be used instead.

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