Cleaning Tips for Your Glass Shower

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Thursday, March 16, 2017)

Put these cleaning tips to use to ensure that your glass shower retains its beauty and lives up to its potential to transform your bathroom’s ambience for the better. While clean glass immediately glamorizes your bathroom with modern charm and elegance, dirty glass has the opposite effect. The good news is that you can take steps to make your cleaning easier and more effective.

Prevention

What’s a better cleaning tip than one that allows you work less for the same results? The best way to be successful in keeping your shower glass clean is to reduce the need for washing in the first place. The next time you thoroughly clean your shower enclosure, finish up by adding a glass protectant. There are a number of spray-on coatings sold for this purpose, and you could select one of these. Alternatively, you could decide to apply a long lasting EnduroShield coating.

EnduroShield is a spray-on protectant that bonds to the surface of the glass and repels oils as well as water, which can be tainted by corrosive elements. The layer of EnduroShield is environmentally safe and fully transparent. It will both keep your shower class clean for a longer period of time and make cleaning success easier to achieve when needed. Depending on the quality of your tap water, adding EnduroShield can even obliterate the need to squeegee or towel dry the enclosure after showering.
 
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Shower Door Basics – What You Need to Know

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Monday, March 13, 2017)

If you’re shopping for a glass shower door for your home for the first time, there are some basics you need to know in order to ensure the success of your project. With an increasing number of options available, it’s important to know the pros and cons of the many variations that exist in the realm of glass shower doors.

The Glass

Of fundamental importance is the type of glass used. The kind of glass you may think of as “normal glass” is annealed glass. This is actually no longer used on shower doors or enclosures because of safety issues.

The most common type of glass for a shower is tempered glass. Due to its being put through a regimen of heating and quick cooling, tempered glass is more durable than annealed glass and behaves differently if broken.
Instead breaking into the razor sharp shards of annealed glass, a piece of tempered glass will disintegrate into small chunks that are not as hazardous. 
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Create the Illusion of Space in a Small Bathroom

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, March 08, 2017)

Today’s bathroom design trends favor giving this once neglected space lots of TLC. If your home’s bathroom is small, you may wonder if it is still possible to make it a glamorous and relaxing retreat. While you may not have the floor space to add a soaker tub or humongous shower enclosure, there are many ways to give a small bathroom a more spacious feel.

Put Clear Glass to Work for You

Wherever it’s practicable, use clear glass to visually open up a compact bathroom. When a bathroom is already little, the last thing you want to do is divide and partition it, as this will make it feel even more confining. 

For instance, if the shower’s current water containment system is an opaque shower curtain or a door made of privacy glass, consider the difference that would be made by having clear glass shower doors installed. With a transparent barrier in place, the bathroom seems to grow larger as the shower area appears to be part of the room as a whole, rather than a separate closed-off space.

Even shelving can visually fill up space and leave a small bathroom feeling cluttered. However, you don’t’ want to get rid of much-needed storage space, just so the bathroom can feel roomier! The answer is clear glass shelves. These maintain the open look you’re trying to achieve while providing a handy storage surface.
 
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3 Glass Shower Options for Your Renovation

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Friday, March 03, 2017)

If you’re preparing for a home renovation, make sure you understand all the options for your home’s new glass showers. Today, consumers can select from a broad field of choices, with glass enclosures to fit many budgets and situations. In addition to the numerous standard variations, modern showers can even include high-end upgrades that make them easier to clean! Let’s take a look at 3 popular glass shower designs.

A Frameless Glass Steam Shower

A wonderful choice for the master bathroom, the frameless glass steam shower has the power to transform your restroom into a spa-like retreat. The steam shower apparatus is complemented by an enclosure fashioned from sheets of clear heavy glass, and instead of the traditional framing around the panels, a frameless enclosure utilizes small clips to join the sections of glass.  
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Corner Shower Options for Northern Virginia Homeowners

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, March 01, 2017)

Homeowners should know their options in corner shower design before selecting products for their Northern Virginia homes. From enclosure shape to glass style, the possibilities are boundless when you choose to upgrade a bathroom with shower glass.

Two Types of Corner Shower

Two common corner shower variations are right angle and neo-angle. Let’s take a look at what each of these has to offer.

Right angle –
Not surprisingly, a right-angle corner shower features 90 degree corners where glass meets and glass and where glass meets the existing walls. 

Neo-angle –
These shower enclosures have two fixed panels of glass that meet the wall at 90 degree angles, but that do not join up with one another. In the gap, a swinging door panel is hung at 135 degree angles to the fixed panels flanking it. Neo-angle corner showers can be particularly appealing in small bathrooms where floor space is a precious commodity. 
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Savvy Home Design Tips for Remodeling Your Master Bath

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Tuesday, February 28, 2017)

Home design tipsBecome more savvy about home design and utilize these helpful tips when remodeling your master bath. 

Open Up the Space

Open up your bathroom both visually and organizationally. One of the most effective tools for making the space look open and roomy is clear glass. Make this your material of choice for the shower door or enclosure and continue the theme when selecting other fixtures such as lamp globes, a glass vessel sink, and so forth. 

You also want to ensure that the bathroom really is open and easy to walk through. Only select a
swinging shower door if there is ample clearance around the shower entrance. Otherwise, the open door becomes a barrier to smooth traffic flow in the bathroom. Tidiness is also an important element of an open, spacious atmosphere, and clear glass shelves are ideal. These do not visibly “fill up” space, but they provide you with surfaces on which to store items that might be cluttering your floor and vanity top. 
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3 Home Care Tips for Working Parents

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, February 22, 2017)

Streak free, no scumYou’ve worked hard for your home and decorated with care, but maintaining the beauty and cleanliness of living space can be hard for working parents. Lovely fixtures like glass shower enclosures become eyesores when marred by scum and grime, but how can we find time to prevent these disasters? Check out our 3 home care tips and come up with some fresh ideas of your own!

Tip #1
Create habits of maintenance. 
Basically, you want to put into practice the old admonition that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This entails fostering home maintenance habits that keep fixtures and furniture from ever reaching the filthy stage to begin with. Examples include:

• Keeping a squeegee or a basket of towels near your home’s glass shower doors and teaching kids to dry the glass after use.
• Taking turns clearing and wiping the dining table after each use.
• Making a rule that bedrooms have to be tidy before TV can be watched.
• Creating a before bed cleanup routine for yourself, such as pour a cup of herbal tea, turn on calming music, walk around picking up toys and clothes, and then get your cooled tea and sit down with a favorite book. 
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House Beautiful Presents Home Decorating Secrets from the Pros

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, February 08, 2017)


Achieve greater success in your redecorating project with tips gathered by House Beautiful’s Caroline Picard. With home décor ideas from the experts you can more easily create the look and feel you desire in each room.

“Start with your color scheme.”
– The first décor secret Caroline brings us is from designer Gary Bournie of Boston. He gives us the inside scoop on his approach to giving an entire house a makeover. The first thing he decides upon is the palette, and then he utilizes his foundational color scheme in various ways in the different rooms. 
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Creative Ideas for Using Glass in Your Home

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Wednesday, February 08, 2017)

Get creative and see past the traditional uses of glass in your home! Fresh ideas allow you to go beyond classic applications like shower doors and wall mirrors and give glass a more prominent place in your interior design. 

#1 – Make a modern coffee table.
Does your living room lack charm or visual interest? Is its look dated and boring? Does the space feel cluttered? Any and all of these problems can be mitigated by the addition of a glass-topped coffee table. The great news is that you can design your own piece. Select the base or legs for the table, keeping in mind that the possibilities range from upcycled industrial metal, to a large tree stump, to a traditional wooden support system. Then order a tempered glass table top, secure it to the base, and enjoy your functional and stylish coffee table that is sure to become the room’s new focal point! 
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Upcycle Basement and Attic Finds: 3 Fun Projects for Winter Weekends

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Monday, February 06, 2017)

home improvement projectMany of the things ones finds in the basement or attic present the perfect opportunity to upcycle an old item and turn it into a lovely décor accent piece. Check out 3 creative ideas that make the perfect fun and rewarding project for a winter weekend! If you have old crates that are still sturdy, you can turn them into quaint cubbies for storing light weight items such as craft supplies, winter wear, or even shoes or slippers. Here are suggested steps for the project:

1. Make cubbies from crates.
Clean the crates. Special treatment with mold -killing cleaner will be necessary if there is evidence of fungus on wood.

- If the crates present a risk of splinters, sanding them is advisable. 
Decorate the crates to complement your décor.  
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