Shower Glass Treatment – Whats And Hows

Keeping a shower clean is one of the harder jobs around the home. It’s no secret that maintaining a shower that looks like new is a lot of work, and it can almost seem impossible if you don’t know the tricks.

Showers get so dirty because the water carries certain minerals, soap contents and dirt it picks up on the way and from the person showering, and when this water evaporates, it leaves behind these stains on the glass. Over time, these stains build up and it can be extremely difficult to get rid of them. Soaps contain a range of chemicals in them that get left behind when the water rinses away, which also leave behind stains.

What are some common ways to clean a shower?
People come up with all kinds of tricks to cleaning your shower, from using vinegar to lemon and everything in between. Here are some popular tips:

  • Use a scotch brite page dipped in equal parts vinegar and dishwashing detergent. This is help eat past the water stains and bring your glass and tiles to a much cleaner state.
  • Keep an inexpensive squeegee in the shower and and use it on the glass every time you shower. The few seconds it takes you to do will greatly reduce the amount of soap scum that builds up on the glass.
  • Use an automotive rain repellent on the glass to help repel water and thus stains as well as dirt and grime build up.
  • Fabric softener mixed with warm water can be used to clean off residue and soap scum on shower glass. Simply wipe the mixture on the door and then rinse it off with warm water from the shower. Using a dryer and dryer sheets to wiper the door down will help even further.

However, we have a better way to ensure that your glass stays looking new.

Ultrashield’s Shower Glass Treatment is the solution for ensuring that your shower stays looking new right from the beginning. By applying the treatment when the glass is new, you don’t give dirt and stains a chance to start building up on the glass. The treatment then helps prevent the stains, dirt, grime and soap scum from building up and sitting on the glass. It also prevents the water from etching the glass.

If you already have your shower glass installed and you can see some stains, it is possible to restore the glass to like new condition and then apply treatment, which will help you maintain it from this point on. This will involve buffing the glass to remove any hard stains and water spots etc, to leave you with glass that looks like new and completely clean. Then the treatment can be applied.

Once the treatment has been applied, next to no maintenance is needed to keep your shower glass looking like new.  To ensure the life of shower glass treatment, all you need to do is wipe the surface down with a clean micro fibre damp cloth once a week and then dry it with a soft cloth. If you do notice a slight build up of grime, get a bucket of warm water with some light detergent and wipe over with a non abrasive pad. This will make quick work of the grime. Then rinse with cold water and dry.

Shower glass treatment really is the solution if you want to keep your shower looking like the day it was installed. If you would like to inquire about having shower glass treatment installed on your shower, contact us today.

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What Are The Uses Of Glass Film?

Usually when people think of glass film they think of window tint. While window tint is a very common form of glass film, there are many more purposes which glass film serves. Window films come in various types that serve many different purposes, from blocking UV to thermal insulation.

So what are the main types of window film? They include:

  • Tint film
  • Window protection/security film
  • Thermal insulation

Window films are generally a retrofit upgrade to glass and windows to fix common problems such as:

  • Glare
  • Sunstrike
  • UV damage
  • Heat
  • Privacy
  • Graffiti Protection
  • Safety and security

Which of these the film does will depend of the type of film you choose and whether it’s external or internal.

Window tint film
Window tint film is designed to darken the appearance of windows from the outside, which makes it harder to see in through the glass. Along with this, it’s main purpose is to block UV rays and reduce heat inside the building. This not only makes living conditions inside the building better due to privacy and comfortable temperatures, but it preserves the condition of the carpets and furniture in the building, preventing fading and degradation. Tint films come in a range of colors, shades, opacities and thicknesses.

Window protection/security film
Security film is applied to glass so that when it is broken it holds together, which prevents dangerous shards from flying and makes it more difficult for intruders to gain entry. It’s typically used in commercial applications and these films are made of heavy gauge plastic and are intended to maintain the integrity of the glass upon heavy impact. They will also prevent against vandalism such as graffiti, as they act as a sacrificial layer on top of the glass.

Thermal insulation films
These films are used to improve insulation in the home when double glazing is not suitable. Sometimes double glazing isn’t a suitable option due to restrictions in design, budgets or other constraints, so another options is required. The benefits of thermal insulation films are that they are super easy to install, yet provide insulation just shy of that which you’d expect from double glazing. With thermal window film, you can expect:

  • to save money on heating and cooling, due to better temperature control and insulation
  • no difference in the appearance of the glass
  • big savings compared to installed double glazed glass

If you are looking for window films for your home, talk to us today. We at Ultrashield supply and install a wide range of security and protection films and tint and insulation films for all windows. Tell us your requirements and we will recommend a window film perfect for your needs.

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Treating Marine Windows Or Glass

If you have a boat, yacht or other sea vessel, you are no doubt familiar with the struggle to keep glass clean and clear. Salt stains, etching and grime are all very well known pests which boat owners need to battle against. However, we at Ultrashield have a solution to aid you in this battle.

Our marine window and glass treatment has been specifically designed to work in the harsh conditions of sea life, battling against salt water, UV and other contaminants. The sea environment is particularly harsh on surfaces such as glass, more so than a house inland would be exposed to. Because of this, the treatment needs to be stronger to withstand the additional abuse. Our marine treatment has been made with the marine environment in mind, and has been tried and tested to ensure that it can handle the conditions.

Ideally, you want to apply the treatment before the boat even hits the sea. However, 90% of the time, the boat has already been out. So what can you do?

We can restore your boat windows before applying the treatment to ensure that they are returned back to an as new condition. Restoration should be done before applying the treatment, which will ensure that 1) your windows look like new, and 2) the treatment does a better job of protecting the glass.

What will treatment do for your marine glass? Applying treatment to your boat or yacht ensures that your glass has a protective layer to help fight against stains, etching, grime, dirt and any other contaminants. It also means that cleaning the glass will be a breeze, with next to no maintenance required to return them to as new condition.

Want to protect the glass and windows on your boat? Talk to us today about getting your marine glass treated!

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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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