Every new shower screen is required to be constructed using A Grade safety glass under the AS1288 Glazing Code. Older shower screens were not governed by this code, instead using annealed float glass (the kind that shatters with sharp shards).
To ensure that all silicone has cured properly following the installation, we strongly urge you to avoid using or cleaning the enclosure for a minimum of 24 hours after installation. Do not touch the silicone, get it wet or attempt to wipe it or nearby areas, as this may create gaps in the barrier that may cause leaks in the future.
The best way to maintain your enclosure is to wipe it down after every use. We recommend that you wipe it down with a soft non-abrasive cloth or squeegee to clean off excess water. Make sure to dry the glass and metal thoroughly. We also recommend that you consider the application of a product like Enduroshield.
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These precautions will help to reduce the possibility of water stains and hard water build up as chemicals in your water supply may eat into the glass, framing and hardware. You should also periodically check any drain holes at the interior of the enclosure to make sure they are unobstructed. If they become obstructed, water may overflow to the outside. Also try to keep your shower surround well ventilated to reduce the growth of mildew.
If you do not wipe down the enclosure after every use, a weekly cleaning is strongly suggested. Your simplest, safest and preferred method of cleaning your shower enclosure is by washing it with warm clean water and drying it with a soft non-abrasive cloth. If soil is still present after drying, Use a mild soap and warm water mixture, mixing a couple of drops of mild liquid soap into a cup of warm water. Using a soft non-abrasive cloth, clean the enclosure and then rinse it thoroughly with clean warm water and dry. Never use any acid or alkali “clean up” solutions or other cleaners that contain abrasives, acids, or alkali; do not use sharp instruments, scouring pads, dirty or gritty rags, powdered cleanser, steel wool or any other type of abrasive. Some of our shower components may be coated with a clear lacquer that will be irreparably damaged if subjected to abrasive chemicals and/or scrubbing devices. Neglecting or ignoring the basic rules of maintenance will result in your enclosure not living up to its potential long life.
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Please remember that no shower enclosure is water proof. The smaller your shower surround and the closer the shower head is to any moving parts such as swing doors or moving panels, the greater the chance that water will find its way out, over and around such moving parts. Small amounts of water may also end up on the floor when swing doors with drip seals are opened. All frameless glass entrances are even more likely to leak because there are no overlapping gasketed joints to prevent the water from finding its way out of the enclosure. Should you have any problem, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will do everything within reason to eliminate any leak.
These simple suggestions will help you keep your new shower screen bright and beautiful for many years. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact us. We frame your dreams at Central Glass and Aluminium.