Your Shower Deserves A Treat, Book Your Glass Treatment Today!

Are you sick of the way your shower has water stains on the glass every time you look at it? Don’t want to even think about starting to clean it and given up all hope of it ever looking like the day it was installed? Not to worry, we have a solution!

Ultrashield shower treatment is not only the solution for keeping new shower glass looking new, it is also the solution restoring used shower glass back to it’s former glory and keeping it that way. So whether you are just installing a new shower or you feel it’s long overdue for a restoration, we at Ultrashield can help!

For Used Showers
If your shower is covered in water spots, grime building up in the corners, and generally in need of a good clean, you definitely need our shower treatment. On used shower glass, we apply a glass restoration which will remove all staining, water spots, etching and any other blemishes. This works by our abrasive glass restoration cutting away the contaminants on the glass. It is applied in a similar method to polish on car paint. Once this is done, your shower glass should look like it was just installed. Now it’s time to treat it so that it stays  this way.

Treatment For New And Used Showers
One you have restored your shower, or had your new shower installed, it is time to treat the glass. The treatment is applied to the glass with a microfibre cloth and will not leave any effect on the glass once it is buffed out. You will never know it’s there, aside from the fact that your shower glass will look a million times better than everyone else’s. So what needs to be done after the treatment is applied?

Once treatment is applied, you no longer need to worry about scrubbing your shower clean. Once treated, your shower glass will require minimal maintenance, often just a rinse down with soapy water and a wipe with a cloth. If this is done regularly enough, once a week being the recommended interval, your shower will remain in the condition it was the day it was treated.



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Why Should You Tint Your Glass Windows?


Tinting windows is becoming more and more common these days on homes and commercial buildings alike. But why does everyone so obsessed with tinting their windows?

Building windows, whether commercial or residential can be tinted easily for privacy and safety. When properly installed, window tint can last for years and protects the interior of your home or office from sun damage, excessive glare and heat.

So what benefits do tinted windows provide?

Privacy & Safety

When windows are tinted, you add privacy and protection to any room in your home or office. They work in the same principle as automotive window tint, you can see out but people can’t see in. This protects your privacy and your property. The tint film also protects against injuries from broken glass, since the film holds the glass together in the case of a breakage.  It also ads another layer of strength to the glass, which holds it in place in case of damage. A window with a tint film is harder to break, so acts as a barrier against intruders. Thick security films can add extra protection, particularly useful against strong winds and natural disasters.

Visual Decoration

Window tinting can add visual appeal to the exterior of your building or home. You can even get specialist films such as textured, frosted or sandblasted, which ads a whole other level of decoration. You can even make a picture window with the use of window tint films.

Energy Saving

Glass tint can greatly increase your savings when it comes to energy bills. This works on multiple levels. In the hotter months, window tint blocks out excessive heat from entering through the glass, which means that you don’t need to waste as much energy on cooling your home. In the colder months, the heat is actually retained in the home by the tint, which means that not only do you not have to spend as much energy to upkeep the temperature, you won’t have to heat it up as much in the first place.

Reduction In Glare

Particularly useful for offices where people work on computers, or even in your home where you watch TV, tint reduces glare coming through the glass. Now you can leave blinds and curtains open while watching TV and still see what is going on!

Protecting Your Furniture

One of the most common known benefits is that fact that tint film blocks out the majority of UV rays coming from the sun. The main benefit of this is that it preserves your furniture from fading and getting sun damaged.

Are you looking for window tinting Auckland? We at Ultrashield provide all window  tinting solutions you need to make your home safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient. We only work with top quality films which will last for years and can provide the window tint film you need for your home, office or commercial building, no matter how big or small the job. Talk to us today and let us tint your windows!

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Tips On Cleaning Glass Shower Doors

Every housewife, househusband, person who lives in a house who has to clean the shower hates to clean the shower! Even with the best of cleaning solutions it can be a real struggle to keep your shower looking pristine and super shiny week in and week out. And, let’s face it, we all have better things to do with our time than be stuck in a shower cleaning off human grime.

So how can you spend less time cleaning your shower and more time doing the things you love to do? First of all, these five tricks will help you to maintain and keep your shower sparkly clean.

1. Squeegee Every Day

Yes. Every day, after every shower, by every person in your family. Without a doubt, this can be a really effective way to keep your shower glass clean. It doesn’t require much time but it can be difficult getting everyone in the house on board to remember to squeegee after their showers. If you leave the water and soap to stay on the glass after even one shower it will be more difficult the next shower to squeegee the glass clean and then you’ll have to move on to actual cleaning.

2. A Magic Eraser

If your shower has yucky residue, soap scum and mineral deposits then you need to try a Magic Eraser. Magic Erasers are fantastic at making quick work of heavily neglected showers. They are also great at giving your taps and hardware a super shine.

3. Dryer Sheet

Often household cleaning items can have multi purposes and dryer sheets are one of these items. If you get a dryer sheet from your laundry, get it slightly damp, and then use it to scrub down the glass shower door, you will find that the soap scum will soften and come right off the glass.

4. Vinegar or Bleach

Just like household cleaning items can have multi purposes, common staple items that you have in your pantry can be used in multiple ways. Vinegar is something that can do wonders for a shower door. It is less intensive than daily – you only need to use it weekly to get some good results. Make a mixture of vinegar and water with 1-part vinegar and 4-parts water. Spray the mixture on the shower doors once a week and then wipe them off. You can also use bleach to do the same thing. These mixtures will help kill germs that live on the shower door and prevent mould or mildew from forming. This is an inexpensive way to clean the shower door and can be very effective if you remember to do it often enough.

5. Baking Soda

Baking Soda serves a dual purpose in your bathroom. It will clean your shower glass but also deodorize your bathroom. To use it you need to wet your shower glass and then put baking soda onto a wet cloth and wipe it over the glass. You will see that the baking soda creates a paste – this is normal. Once you have gone over the glass wash it off with warm water and you will find that your shower glass shines like new.

While these tips will help you keep your shower looking good, you must be asking yourself if there is a better, easier option.  Well, there is. If you want a solution which will stop you from having to regularly clean your shower, you need Ultrashield’s shower glass treatment. You can make the wise decision to have Ultrashield applied to your shower glass and never have to read another “How to keep your shower glass clean” tip list again!

How does it work? Well, Ultrashield uses nanotechnology to provide a water and soap scum repellent surface, by essentially adding a protective layer onto the glass. This means that once you have Ultrashield installed you will find that the shower water just beads and runs away. The same goes for any flamboyantly thrown shampoo or conditioner. The result is the amount of time you have to spend in the shower trying to get the glass looking clean and shining is reduced to almost nothing. A simple wipe down will restore your shower to looking like new. No need for vinegar or baking soda!

What are you waiting for? Call Ultrashield today and find out just how cost effective and simple this solution is for your home. We promise you’ll be amazed!


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Windscreen Treatment By Ultrashield

Winter not only brings cold wet weather but it increases the chances of you experiencing difficult driving conditions. Unless you have a magic wand, when the low winter sun hits your windscreen you can be blinded by any array of dust, dirt or film on your glass. This can put both yourself and your passengers and the vehicles around you traveling on the road at serious danger of accidents occurring.

Winter driving can be marred by foggy conditions – both those that you drive through and having your windscreen fog up making it difficult to see. Many cars have forceful air conditioning units installed which can help burn the fog away but this is subject to many factors and still isn’t 100% guaranteed.

So what can you do? Ultrashield is a revolutionary product that can provide you with added protection against foggy windscreens, stone chips, pitting and cracks and ensures that your vehicles glass stays in pristine condition.

When you are fighting traffic and struggling to see due to the downpours that are common throughout our winters, having Ultrashield applied to your windscreen will make the water bead and slide away. This beading helps to increase your visibility as a driver and increases the safety of both you and your passengers.

Ultrashield uses nano technology (think smaller than micro) to form a water repellent molecular bonded layer on glass. It is abrasion resistant so it can withstand the use of cleaning agents, wiping, car wash and other chemical cleaning.

Living in New Zealand, UV rays from our sun are a real issue and products can degrade over time and need to be reapplied. Ultrashield is UV resistant and so is not affected by sunlight.

Unlike silicone or wax products that are applied in layers and then wear off, Ultrashield creates a molecular bond with the glass – this ensures a long life span for the Ultrashield application.

Don’t let winter driving conditions take you by surprise. Put yourself and your passenger’s safety in good hands and get Ultrashield glass treatment applied to your windscreen today. You won’t regret your decision to do so – you will just wonder what took you so long to do it in the first place!

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Ultrasheild – Protecting Yourself Against Graffiti

Very few people have an appreciation for graffiti. Although forms of graffiti have existed since ancient times it is generally viewed as vandalism and associated with a part of society that disregard the property of others.

Some would argue that graffiti is a way of artistically expressing themselves however if it is your property that has been targeted with graffiti it is unlikely you will be appreciating the artistic value of what has been scribbled, scratched or spray painted.

It has been found that one of the best ways to deter recurrent graffiti from appearing on your property is to remove it as quickly as possible. If you have ever had the “pleasure” of trying to remove spray paint from a surface without damaging the original surface or coating, you will know that this is no easy task.

What if graffiti has been etched into your glass? Without the right tools, and usually a lot of time and effort, you are left with an insurance claim and lengthy wait to get your glass replaced.

What if Ultrashield could make this nightmare go away?

Ultrashield has a product that is specifically used in the prevention and easy clean-up of graffiti. Called Graffiti Film, it will protect your surfaces against most scratches, acid, etching, gouges and tagging.

Graffiti glass protection film can be used on vehicle windows, bus shelters, glass walls in office buildings and around your home. Because the film uses nano-technology, it is hard to see and in most cases vandals will not notice that it is in place. Without it being seen, there is minimal attempts to peel it off in order to scratch the underlying surface.

Due to the tensile strength of Graffiti Film, it can be used both on interior and exterior applications.

An added bonus to the Graffiti Film is that once it has been installed, it rejects 99% of UV rays that cause fading, and this helps to extend the life of your display merchandise or furnishings.

Overall, with Ultrashield Graffiti Film applied to your glass surfaces you will save yourself time and money. You will be able to remove graffiti with minimal disruption and have your property looking its best at all times.

If you find that your property is being targeted by vandals with graffiti, call Ultrashield and talk to us about our Graffiti Film. We will advise you on the best way to apply the Graffiti film and you can then get back to doing what you do best, and not worry about graffiti in the future!

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All Surface Protection Available

If you have just stumbled across our blog, or perhaps have found our website you will see that Ultrashield provides surface protection for a range of applications. In fact, you name the surface, we will have a protective coating solution to suit.

Nano technology has been in existence for many decades but with the latest technological advances being applied it is fast becoming the answer turned to for increasing the lifespan of residential and commercial products the world over.

We are contacted most often because people are looking for protection options for glass, tile, metal treatment, splashbacks, concrete, or on marine assets. Did you know that we also can help you with surface restoration, and window tinting for both commercial and residential areas which helps to reduce fading, glare, heat and UV rays?

Our surface protection is a form of liquid glass sealant that is applied to your surfaces to give a long lasting, dust and rust repellent “over surface” to your items. It is applied in a very thin – but super strong – layer. On a nano level (think incredibly microscopic) it fills in all irregularities in the surface and creates a barrier to dirt, grime and moisture. This allows your protected surfaces to experience a longer life span and to look like new for longer.

Not only can you protect your glass and metal surfaces around your home, office or boat but Ultrashield can also be applied to areas that may be prone to attracting graffiti. Once Ultrashield has been applied, the removal of graffiti paints and inks will be a breeze. This is an especially good deterrent to the vandals as they get bored when their work is removed and will stop targeting your property.

If you are looking for a brand you can trust and products that will protect your investments for longer and make them look better, Ultrashield is what you need. When you choose Ultrashield you have the reassurance of our quality and service as we are New Zealand based. This means that we have a close relationship with our suppliers, and we choose to work with suppliers who are innovative in creating new products and services.

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Insulation Your Windows With Penjerex Film

Does your house feel too cold in winter? Maybe you’ve insulated your roof but you still feel the chill? The Penjerex window insulation film could be your solution.

Double glazed windows are now the standard, but often it can be very costly to retrofit them into an older home or building. Sometimes it is not even possible to do the retrofit, due to the frames not being designed to take the extra weight of the double glazing. So if you are in this situation, what can you do?

Insulation window film is your answer! Penjerex glass insulation film is 95% as effective as double glazed windows, but at around half the cost. BRANZ research shows that your rate of heating loss can be as high as 48% through single pane windows during winter periods. This means that you can save more than 20% on heating just by insulating your windows.

It also blocks 99% of UV light, keeping your furnishings protected against fading. It also keeps the glass together in the case of a broken window, making your home even safer.

Another benefit of Penjerex insulation film is that it is very easy to install, and it’s virtually transparent, so it won’t effect the look of your windows or sliders. You won’t even notice it’s there.

Because it’s visually undetectable from normal windows without film, you can pick to insulate only hot or cold areas in your home, saving you a great deal in cost. No need to do the lot if it won’t benefit you.

Penjerex insulation film is manufactured by Nitto Denko in Japan who is a global manufacturer of advanced film and adhesive products with almost 100 years’ experience.
Penjerex is the highest performing window insulation film available on the market today and comes with a 10 year replacement warranty so you can be sure you’re installing the best product in your home. To read more about the Penjerex window insulation film, see our insulation films page.

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How To Clean Windows

Washing windows is no ones idea of fun. In fact, if you’re like most home owners, its the last thing on the housework list you ever look at. First of all it always seems to take forever, and secondly it’s a bit of a messy job. It’s also has a short lived appreciation time for, as soon as you have cleaned the windows, undoubtedly a child will want to touch them, or lick them! A pet will put their nose on them or there’ll be some snap storm that sends dust, dirt and debris to stick to your once clean windows.how_to_clean_windows

Ideally, windows should be washed twice a year, but it’s a task most people don’t look forward to. Part of what makes window washing such a chore is that homeowners insist on doing it with wadded-up paper towels or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease.

But, all that rubbing isn’t a good idea. You jhow_to_clean_car_windowsust end up moving dirt around from one spot to another and putting a static charge on the glass, which attracts yet more dust and dirt. As soon as you finish, the window looks dirty again.

The best techniques doesn’t require hours of time, or a lot of elbow grease and certainly no wadded up newspaper.

Whow_to_clean_shower_glasshen starting (if time is of the essence) you should allow around 5-10 minutes per window pane (more if you have multipane windows).

The hardest part: Getting started.

The easiest part: Standing back and admiring your work.

What to do:

If you have large picture window then there is no point using tiny tools. You need large. The easiest washing solution is simply a bucket full of warm water with a squirt of dishwash in it. Don’t mix it around – the best solution has least bubbles. The best tool for this part is a fluffy squeegee. For large windows you are best to use a large one. They soak up lots of soapy water and knock the dirt loose without scratching the glass. Make sure you push the squeegee all over the window pane. Leave no part dry!

Starting at the top left, take a dry squeegee (this has to be a rubber lipped one, no fluff on this squeegee!)  and pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (left-handers would start at the top right). At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee’s blade clean with dry cloth. Lint-free is preferable like old cloth nappies.

Remove any water remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois. Chamois are great for soaking up wetness but don’t leave streaks. Don’t forget to dry the windowsill with a rag.

Now stand back and enjoy your handywork!

If that sounds like window washing just needs to remain in the “get round to it” and “never never” basket at your place then are there other choices? Of course there are! Ultrashield can be used to protect your glass windows from acid rain, salt spray, chlorine, grime, residue and other contaminants. One single treatment is an easy way to reduce cleaning time and keep your windows looking brand new. If you are sick of cleaning your windows and glass, glass treatment is for you. Ultrasheild gives you all the benefits of a non-toxic and environmentally friendly product, a glass coating that repels water, oil and other liquids effectively, it preserves your view by repelling water effectively, it reduces dirt and grime build up, it reduces cleaning time by up to 90%, it eliminates the need for harsh cleaning chemicals and best of all it is scratch resistant (regular wiping will not remove the coating).

Of course, there is no miracle that will stop you from having to clean your windows completely but with Ultrashield applied to your windows you can spend your valuable time doing something you love and not something you dread!

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Ultrashield’s Digital Glass Film Wrap

Whether you like it or not the long hot days of summer are just around the corner. While some of us bask in the heat, no one wants to deal with the glare that comes with sunlight that streams into our homes or workplaces. Sun glare can be a real problem. It interferes with everyday life – making watching TV or working on a computer a nightmare and everyone has experienced trying to have a conversation with someone and having to change position because the sun keeps catching you square in the eye.

Ultrashield can provide you with the answer to this dilemma! Whether it is the high placed summer sun or low lying winter sun, Ultrashield can provide an application of anti-glare window film to your windows. Window film will cut out a large proportion of unwanted glare, whilst still allowing natural light to pass through the glass. Anti-glare window films are effective as soon as they are installed, and can reduce the glare by up to 75%.Ultrashield_Film_Wrap_Digital_Glass

Traditional methods of blocking sunlight and glare such as blinds and curtains, require constant cleaning and block any chance of you looking out the window. In contrast, anti-glare window film requires no additional cleaning and can be installed at a fraction of the cost. It has no maintenance requirements and allows you to still look out  – unless you opt for privacy screening in which case the film will be opaque allowing little light through.

Ultrashield was able to provide a solution for their client Pharmacy on Dominion Rd. They required a glare solution to their upper level and so Ultrasheild applied Johnson’s SS20 window film to the top windows. This resulted in heat and glare reduction from the afternoon sun by 75%. Does this make your space dark and uninviting? No! You only lose up to 10% natural light compared to bare windows. The window film provides a 99% reduction in UV rays. UV is one of the main contributing factors to fading and can also be damaging to skin, so by blocking these potentially harmful rays it is possible to protect upholstery and furnishings, as well as providing a valuable barrier for sensitive skin.

What if you aren’t looking for anti-glare film but have a business that could do with a better market presence? Ultrashield can help you here too. Utilising building spaces and/or vehicles in your business can increase your business profile and make you stand out from the crowd. Ultrashield can apply wrap to your building or vehicle and make it essentially a mobile billboard. Using a wrap on your building or vehicle is a great way to advertise and seeing as the wraps can be removed with reasonable ease – you can choose to change your advertising and not have the large costs usually involved.

Ultrashield was approached by a Charter Vessel operator who wanted to make their boat stand out at the Marina and out on the sea. Ultrashield were able to tint the windows using a NS15 Black Johnson’s film and then applied new signage onto 3M Matt Black Car Wrap.

Signage can be created using any font and any wording. It can be used to enhance an area, get your marketing slogans across or to provide information for visitors.

Have you ever heard the proverb, “First Impressions are the most lasting”? Let Ultrashield improve your business entrance by providing digitally printed glass options. Digital printed glass offers you a range of privacy, advertising and design choices to make your customers first impressions lasting.

Digital printing on glass allows for high levels of customization and your own unique designs. Digital glass printing can be used on glass for both exterior and interior applications. Most commonly it is used on Commercial and Residential building facades, Storefronts, on cabinets and shower enclosures, on kitchen backsplashes and on room and office partitions.

Why consider using Digitally Printed Glass? Well besides looking pretty it can make your business stand out. No one wants their business to be ignored. Be loud, Be proud and shout from every corner that you are there.
Ultrashield were brought on board by Lion Breweries to help redesign their reception area using digitally printed glass. The results speak for themselves. Their reception is bold. It is unique. And it screams Lion’s brand.

Films, Wraps and Digitally printed glass has a number of uses and applications. Why not consider how your business could benefit from this technology and give Ultrashield a call. We would be happy to explore your options with you and help you enhance your business with unique film, wrap or printed glass

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Keep Your Eyes On The Road With Windscreen Treatment

We’ve all experienced it at some point: you’re driving down the road and make a turn or come over a rise and you are blinded by the setting or rising sun. Your windscreen turns from an item of protection to a creation of chaos! The suns blinding glare can make it nearly impossible to see. Not only is this situation incredibly frustrating, it’s also very dangerous.

ultrashield_windscreen_treatmentThe clarity of your vision behind the wheel is crucial so you can avoid accidents and injuries. Your windshield allows you to see what is ahead of you. Putting your total attention on the road rather than squinting is the difference between your safety and a collision.

But what can you do to enhance your visibility and prevent sun glare on your windshield? This is where Ultrashield is your friend. Ultrashield is a professionally applied glass treatment that creates a ‘hydrophobic’ effect on automotive glass. A hydrophobic effect is where water is repelled – it doesn’t stick to the glass it simply sheers off.

Ultrashield is a revolutionary glass treatment  that keeps glass as it should be – see through. Ultrashield repels both water and dirt. Rain, sleet and snow simply beads, sheds and rolls off and ice does not stick. Ultrashield makes your windscreen, side glass or rear glass cleaner and clearer for far longer and if it does need cleaning, Ultrashield makes your glass a whole lot easier to clean.

Ultrashield on your windscreen will vastly improve the quality of your vision by reducing unwanted reflections from the windshield surface. In the summer sun it helps to reduce any eye fatigue that starts to set in from glare and reduces the haloes that appear around lights.

Ultrashield also allows more light through the windshield and improves the quality of your night vision.

During summer, when the ground is dry and dirt and dust are easily stirred up by passing cars, having Ultrashield on your windscreen allows dirt to be easily wiped off ensuring clear visibility.

Driving can be perilous at the best of times and driving in the heavy sub-tropical rain that New Zealand gets puts your powers of sight to extreme test! An Ultrashield treatment greatly improves safety when driving in pouring rain especially at night.

Driving slowly in rain isn’t much of an issue when you’re trying to get from point A to point B. If you have Ultrashield applied to your windscreen then any time you find yourself driving over 60km/h, rain water will be blown straight off the glass:  no need for wipers! Research has shown that visibility is improved by 35% when driving in pouring rain. With increased visibility, a driver’s ability to identify a small object when driving in awful conditions is improved by 25%.

With an Ultrashield application to your windscreen you will also find that in wintertime ice will either not stick to the glass or will be much easier to remove (depending on how low the temperatures get!)

Some of the great benefits that Ultrashield can provide to you once applied to your windscreen:

  • ultrashield_windscreen_treatment_2Improves visibility in wet conditions
  • Glass remains clean with simple wipe of the blades
  • Anti-dust component prevents dust and dirt from sticking to surface
  • 85% function after 80,000 wipes Can be re-applied as needed
  • Hard water and salt deposits won’t stick to surface, so a simple rinse and wipe is all that’s needed to keep it sparkling
  • Oils and grime won’t stick to the surface so they are easily removed
  • Durable coating is not affected by UV or normal household chemicals

So don’t throw caution to the wind – Summer is here and sunstrike is a known hazard on our roads. Let Ultrashield keep you and your family safe this summer and contact us today for a quote on your car. You’ll be surprised at how effective Ultrashield is!

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