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Swinging French Patio Doors Don’t Have To Be Dangerous: Four Ways To Make Them Safe For Kids

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With their large panels of glass and floor-to-ceiling design, swinging French patio doors let the light shine in while also granting you a view of your patio from the indoors. Unfortunately, many parents are concerned that these doors aren’t safe for kids. They worry their kids may throw a toy through the glass and become injured, or push the doors open and wander outdoors. Parents are also concerned about thieves and other criminals breaking in through the swinging French patio doors — which seem less secure than doors made from heavy wood or metal — and causing harm to their children. Yet, French patio doors don’t have to pose a risk to your kids. With the tips below, you can make them safe. Choose a design with one “fixed” door. Standard, swinging French doors in which both doors can be opened are notably insecure. Since there is no door jamb (the doors come together in the center and lock together), it is quite easy for someone to kick the doors in and gain access to your little ones. Luckily, door manufacturers have created a solution for this problem: French doors where only one swings, and the other door is actually stationary. This design makes it much harder for a burglar to kick the doors in. The stationary door can actually serve as a full-fledged door jamb; it just looks like a door. Cover your glass in shatter-proof film. If your child tosses a toy into a standard glass window, it may shatter and produce sharp pieces that could cut him or her. You can prevent such issues by applying shatter-resistant film to the windows in your French doors. This product is sold at many home improvement stores. It comes in big rolls; you just measure it to the size of the window, cut it out, and stick it on. When glass that has been covered with shatter resistant coating is struck, all of the resulting pieces stay stuck to the film rather than scattering all over the floor. Yes, your child may still cut themselves if they run their fingers over the window after it has cracked — but chances are good that you’ll hear the cracking noise and come running before your child has a chance to touch the glass. Shatterproof film also makes it a lot harder for a criminal to break in through the glass. Make sure the doors open inward. French patio doors can be difficult to latch. Some parents worry that if they don’t latch the doors properly, their child may lean against the door, causing it to open outwards and give them access to the great outdoors. By mounting your doors so that they open inward, you can thwart this issue. Install a safety latch near the top of the door. When your child reaches the age at which he or she is able to open doorknobs, you may worry about him or her escaping through the doors and onto the patio. (This is why so many parents choose sliding doors instead of push-open ones.) However, if you have your heart set on swinging French doors, you can have them — as long as you install a safety latch. This is a simple, lever-like latch that folds over the door and does not...

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2 Ways You Might Be Unintentionally Damaging Your Garage Door

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Because garage doors serve a mainly utilitarian purpose, most homeowners don’t give them a second thought until that system grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, a garage door that it stuck open or closed might make it difficult to keep your home secure, escape rain or snow, or keep your nosy neighbors away from your impressive tool collection. Fortunately, you might be able to avoid sudden garage door failures by knowing which practices to avoid. Here are two ways you might be unintentionally damaging your garage door, and how to change your ways: 1: Using The Wrong Type of Roller Lubricant If you notice that your garage door seems squeaky one day, you might be tempted to lube up those rollers by adding a little industrial lubricant. After all, since you have a tube of engine lubricant handy from your last automotive project, you might assume that it will work for your garage door rollers. Unfortunately, what most people don’t realize is that most household-type oils or silicone-based lubricants aren’t designed for garage doors, and they can actually gum up your system in the long run. For example, some of these lubricants can actually attract dirt and dust, leaving you with grimy, difficult-to-clean rollers and tracks later. Also, since your garage door rollers need traction as they move up and down your tracks, lubricating your rollers the wrong way could leave you with a garage door that is incapable of moving smoothly. Instead of being able to travel up and down your tracks, it might slip and fall in some spaces, while struggling to rotate freely in others. To avoid these types of track and roller issues, only use a lubricant designed for garage door repairs. Also, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application and usage. If you don’t feel comfortable adding oil or lubricant to your garage door, contact a garage door repair contractor instead. In addition to properly lubricating your system, they can inspect your tracks and rollers for damage and replace any broken parts.  2: Ignoring Sprinkler Overspray You want your lawn to be lush, green, and beautiful, which is why you might not bat an eye when your sprinklers spray a little too much water, even around your garage door. After all, since the majority of that moisture will hit your closed garage door and funnel down to the ground, how much harm could it possibly do? In addition to potentially corroding the hinges that hold your garage door panels together, sprinkler overspray can also spell trouble for your garage door opener’s electronic controls. Your garage door works in tandem with delicate sensors and eye beams that are situated alongside the door. Some doors even contain edge sensors, which are located on the underside lip of the door where it meets the ground. While these sensors are designed to handle normal wear and tear, they might not be designed to handle the constant overspray from your daily watering cycle.   To make matters worse, electronic corrosion doesn’t always show up right away. Because corrosion is a chemical reaction that breaks down materials gradually, you might experience issues with your garage door or sensors a few hours after they were exposed to water or it might seem fine for years. Also, since water can eventually make its way...

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Tips To Help You Install A Concrete Retaining Wall In Your Yard

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If you have a sloped section of earth in your yard that needs support from a retaining wall, you can do much of the work yourself. An engineer can help you plan for any necessary rebar installation, then you can pump the concrete yourself or hire it out. Here are instruction to help you do much of this retaining wall project yourself.  Prepare to Build the Retaining Wall  Before you begin to dig a trench for the base of your retaining wall, you may first need to check with your local building department to see if you need a permit to build the wall. Depending upon the height of the wall and the amount of soil the wall is going to be holding back, you may need to have a permit with approval from a structural engineer on your plans to make sure your retaining wall is going to be sound. Your local building inspector will also tell you any specific rebar requirements for your retaining wall.  Excavate for Your Wall Footings Next, find out the depth of your area’s frost line by asking your local building inspector before you dig the footing trench. The frost line is the depth that moisture in your area’s soil will freeze during the winter. For example, the frost line in Minnesota is a maximum depth of 60 inches, but in several southern states the frost line maximum is only 40 inches. You will need to dig the trench just below your area’s frost line because freezing soil under your retaining wall’s footings can cause damage to the foundation of the wall. This can lead to your wall moving within the soil and damage in the base of the concrete wall.  Now you can begin to dig a trench for your retaining wall to a depth below your area’s frost line. The width of the trench will need to be as wide as your retaining wall, and the soil walls of the trench will create the forms for your footing.  Build the Forms Measure and cut plywood forms to reach from the top of the trench to three and a half inches above where the top of your wall with end. Use a paint brush to apply motor oil over the inside surface of the plywood forms. This will prevent the concrete from sticking to the plywood forms after the concrete has cured. If your retaining wall requires rebar for strength, install the rebar at this point. Screw in place two-by-fours as form supports every 24 inches on the outside of the forms to hold the forms in place. The form supports should reach all the way to the top of the forms. Attach plywood end pieces also coated in motor oil to cap off the ends of the forms. Then, attach two-by-four spacers using wood screws every 24 inches along the top-inside of the forms. The spacers should be cut to the same measurement as your wall’s width and will hold the forms in place. Pound wooden stakes into the ground on the outside of the form supports, next to each two-by-four. Connect the stakes to the form supports with wood screws. Pump the Concrete Pumping the concrete into your retaining wall forms will give you the ability to deliver the concrete into hard-to-reach areas. You can fill your forms with...

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4 Projects Sure To Improve Curb Appeal And Increase Your Property Value

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Whether or not you plan to sell your home in the future, it’s always a good idea to maintain optimal curb appeal and property value as time goes on – a good looking home offers comfort and peace of mind, while high property value ensures the protection of your investment. Here are four projects to consider implementing that are sure to improve curb appeal and increase your property value: Resurface Your Concrete One of the best ways to improve your property’s curb appeal and at the same time improve its value is to resurface your concrete driveway. The resurfacing process will hide any chips and signs of wear, giving your driveway a brand new look without the need for any extensive work. Resurfacing options are varied, providing you with the opportunity to incorporate colors, patterns, or textures into your new surface. With the help of a concrete resurfacing company like Mara Restoration, Inc., it’s possible to turn your ordinary concrete driveway into a canvas of stonework, brick overlays, or stamped impressions. And you can count on your newly resurfaced driveway to add some financial value to your property overall, which should help to pay for the project within a short time. Plant a Few Trees A fun way to increase property value and spruce up curb appeal is to plant a few deciduous trees in the yard. When planted near windows that get direct sunlight during the day, the leaves on deciduous trees offer shade protection for increased energy efficiency. During the winter months, deciduous trees lose their leaves so the sun can naturally heat your home up and minimize wear and tear on your heating system. Trees also happen to increase property values by up to 20 percent, and they’re always enjoyable to look at whether from inside or out on the road.   When it comes to deciduous trees there are a variety of intriguing options to consider including crab apple, cherry, magnolia, discovery elm, and sycamore. When choosing a place to plant young trees in the yard, keep their size at maturity in mind and plant them far enough away that their full grown branches won’t fall on the roof in extreme weather conditions. Update Your Windows Updating your windows to Energy Star rated or equivalent options is an awesome way to save yourself some money on monthly energy costs, and the process will likely increase your home’s value by up to 97 percent of the cost of your new windows within just the first year. You should find that double-paned glass windows that are also insulated will maximize your return on investment. Your new windows will help give the overall home a newer look from both inside and out, but if you’d like to further improve curb appeal and energy efficiency you can apply solar insulation film to the panes. They come in a variety of colors and shades, making it possible to create a unique look by incorporating designs such as stained glass murals. Freshen Up with Paint Putting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your home will instantly increase its overall value, improve curb appeal, and provide you with a sense of pride as a homeowner every time you pull into your driveway. You don’t have to cover the entire...

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Hate Plumbing Clogs? 2 Easy-To-Use Tools You Should Keep Around The House

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Few things are more frustrating than staring at a pool of dirty, stagnant water sitting in your sink, shower basin, or toilet. In addition to slowing down your daily routine, untimely clogs can also make it hard to keep your plumbing fixtures clean, since that grimy water leaves behind a layer of sediment by the time the water finally escapes. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to clear those lines. Here are two easy-to-use tools you should keep around the house to make short work of tough blockages: 1: A Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum If you are like most people, you might be tempted to pick up a bottle of drain cleaner at the first sign of a plumbing clog. Although those chemicals might promise to melt away grease and free clogs, they simply aren’t right for the majority of household plumbing blockages. Most commercially available drain cleaners work by combining ingredients such as sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide with aluminum turnings. When these materials are mixed, they react and form heat, which warms the standing water in your pipes to a boil. Unfortunately, while this heating action is effective against things like cooking grease clogs and gobs of hair conditioner, it won’t do much to move solid objects through your plumbing. If your pipe contains a few dropped bobby pins or a small child’s toy, using drain cleaner will only make a big, corrosive mess out of your plumbing fixture—which is why physical removal methods are always better. Instead of spending money on chemical drain cleaner, invest in a wet/dry shop vacuum. Shop vacuums are available in a large range of shapes and sizes, which means that even people with small homes can probably find the space to store one. Shop vacuums also typically come with a few different attachments, which you can use to simply suck debris out of your pipes. By removing the drain grate and creating a tight seal between your pipe opening and your vacuum attachment, you might be able to remove a myriad of dropped objects, grime, and even loose hair. 2: A Hand Auger Unfortunately, even a high-powered shop vacuum won’t be much help if that clog has travelled deep inside your plumbing system. If toilet paper clogs or dropped objects have gotten stuck inside of tight curves or around junction points inside of plumbing, you might need to use the tool that most plumbers swear by: the hand auger. Although the idea of using a professional plumbing tool might seem intimidating, hand augers are actually incredibly intuitive. Basic augers are nothing more than a semi-rigid metal cable with a blunt tip, which is loaded onto a spool that the user feeds into the pipe. As the line is pushed through the pipe, you can even tug the device around to clean off pipe walls. If you are worried about that hand auger reaching your clog, you shouldn’t be. You can buy augers in a huge variety of different lengths to handle any job.   Hand augers typically cost between $20 or $30, with fancier or powered versions costing extra. If you will be using an auger for the first time, work slowly and follow your instincts. Don’t ever push too hard or pull too suddenly, as it is possible to...

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How To Choose The Paint For Your Concrete Swimming Pool

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If you have an in-ground pool in your backyard that is formed out of concrete, then you probably are the most concerned with the cleanliness of it. While this is extremely important for your pool to be usable all summer long, there are other maintenance concerns you need to think about. Making sure the concrete is properly covered with paint is one of these things. The concrete is painted, because it is porous and will absorb some of the water from the pool. This can cause deterioration and erosion issues over time. Also, most pools will contain chemicals, like chlorine, that can cause the concrete to break down. To make sure the paint protects the concrete properly, you will need to pick one of the three most common types of pool paint. Find out about these paints, so you will understand which one will fit your needs.  Epoxy Epoxy paint is often considered the best pool paint you can buy. This paint contains epoxy resin, which is a polymer that can resist corrosion, abrasion, chemical degradation, and UV ray damage. Epoxy cures both hard and thick, so it is likely to last quite a long time and resist chipping. Epoxy is expensive though, and you should know that you will need to spend a good deal of time preparing your pool so the epoxy sticks and cures properly. Preparation means sanding away old paint, acid-washing the surface, cleaning again, and then waiting for the concrete to dry completely. Also, the paint can be difficult to remove if it spills or accidentally gets on your skin or clothing. Since preparation is so intensive and the paint is expensive, it is wise to hire a pool professional to add the paint to the concrete for you. Click here to find out more about professional swimming pool maintnenance. Rubber-based Chlorinated rubber-based swimming pool paint is another paint variety that is extremely resistant to chemical erosion and UV ray damage. The paint is not as hard as epoxy paint though, and this means it will not last as long. The paint is also not as expensive due to this fact. The rubber-based paint is easier to apply than epoxy, so you can add it to your pool by yourself if you desire. A regular roller or paint brush can be utilized, since the paint acts much like acrylic paint as it is applied to the concrete. The paint is also quite elastic and covers holes and other types of uneven surfaces. You still should scrape your pool and acid-wash the surface to degrease it properly, though, so that the paint will stick.  However, If you are concerned about the environment, then you should probably stay away from rubber-based paint varieties. The chlorine compounds in the paint can leach into the environment and cause toxicity issues with fish and other wildlife.  Acrylic  Acrylic paints are by far the cheapest and easiest paints to apply to your pool. The paints can be added to concrete that is still wet, and it also will not have as many issues sticking to the concrete if it is not completely clean. The paint will usually dry quicker than the other options, so you can get to using your pool in a timely manner. However, the water-based paint may stain over time, and it will succumb...

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Choosing The Right Auto Paint For Your Car

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What is the best part about owning a car? For some, it’s all about the speed. For others, it’s about the car’s interior life. For most, it’s about the extreme customization that you have at your fingertips. Everything from the engine to the interior to the muffler to the myriad of after market parts you can install in your car. One of the best ways to customize your car and let the whole world know that you’ve customized your car, is by painting it. Painting a car can seem like a terribly daunting task, but this article will serve to help you by guiding you on one of the most difficult decisions involving painting the exterior of your vehicle: choosing the right auto paint. Basics First and foremost, you should learn about the three things that constitute all auto paints: the carrier agent, the pigment, and the binder. The carrier agent is that which liquefies the resin and then makes sure that the chemical bonding that takes place when it is properly applied to the car will harden the material. The binder is what actually chemically alters the paint when it is applied to the car. It is the impetus for the chemical boding or hardening or setting of the paint. Finally, the pigment is the active ingredient in the paint that determines what color the paint is. Urethane and Enamel The binders that are present in your paint are made up of one of the three following materials: urethan, enamel, and lacquer. The first two of these three options are your best options when it comes to choosing a paint for your car; especially if you are a beginner car modder or painter. Generally speaking, the application of urethane and enamel based binders will ensure that the paint will properly chemically bond to the car’s surface, and you will be less likely to experience chipping, flaking and improper drying after your car’s surface has been painted. Often times, urethane and enamel are also significantly cheaper than lacquer, as well. Lacquer Lacquer is another option that you might have at your fingertips, but it should be noted that lacquer binders are quite difficult to come by and are illegal in a number of states in the United States. The reason being is that lacquer can be flammable and as such, it can provide a great risk for those that are using it on an automobile, which, of course, is filled with combustibles such as gasoline. The reason that lacquer is desired by many car customization enthusiasts is simple, it goes on smoothly and provides a glossy look that is hard to replicate by utilizing urethane or enamel binders. Having said this, lacquer also has a number of disadvantages to it, as well. First and foremost, lacquer can become quite brittle over time and must be maintained on a regular basis. Many neophyte customization enthusiasts improperly apply lacquer, which can lead to it flaking or cracking within a year or so of its original application. The reason why lacquer is subject to breaking and becoming brittle is due to the fact that, while urethane and enamel chemically bond to the surface of a vehicle, lacquer merely dries on the surface of the vehicle. Urethane and enamel ensure that the paint...

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2 Things You Must Know About Frozen Plumbing Pipes

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The cold weather in the winter months can be devastating to the plumbing system in your home, and the main problem with cold weather is freezing of the pipes. If any of your plumbing pipes freeze, it could turn into a catastrophic problem in your home. While there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening in the future, you will need to call an emergency plumber if you currently have a frozen pipe. Here are two things you should know about frozen pipes. The Dangers And Risks Of Frozen Pipes When a pipe freezes in your home, the first sign you may notice is a lack of water when you turn on a faucet. If water does not come out of the faucet and it is really cold outside, it is probably due to a frozen pipe. If water freezes in a pipe, it causes a blockage in the pipe. Not only will this prevent you from getting water, but it can also cause the pipe to explode. When water freezes, it expands. The expansion of the pipe is what leads to bursting of pipes, and bursting leads to water spilling out into your home. If you believe you have a frozen pipe, you should: Try to locate the pipe – Unfortunately, most of the plumbing pipes in your house are probably hidden in the walls, but there is a chance you might be able to locate it. A frozen pipe will generally have frost buildup around it, and this is how you can tell where the freeze is at. Shut off the main water valve – When a pipe is frozen, there is a chance it will burst. If you shut off the main water valve, it will stop all water from entering your house. If the pipe ends up bursting, at least there will not be a lot of water spilling out. Turn on faucets – After shutting off the main water valve, turn all your faucets on. This will help drain water from the lines in the house. After completing these steps, you may want to try to thaw the pipe, if you know where the freeze is located. Ways To Thaw Frozen Pipes There are right ways to thaw frozen pipes and wrong ways, and completing this step the wrong way could actually cause more harm than good. If you do not feel comfortable handling this yourself, or if you do cannot locate the problem, it is probably better for you to call an emergency plumber for help. The right way to thaw a frozen pipe is by heating up the area where the frozen pipe is located. Using a space heater or heat lamp is a good option, but you must make sure you keep it far enough away from the pipe. Water and electric do not mix well, which is why most plumbers will tell you not to use a blow dryer to complete this job. Never use devices that operate with kerosene or propane to thaw your pipes, because these items are extremely flammable. Letting a professional handle this job is usually the safest option. Emergency plumbers can handle jobs like this, and they can also help you take steps to prevent this from happening in the future. Prevention...

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5 Reasons To Choose Insulated Metal Panels For Your New Commercial Roof On An Older Building

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Buying an older building or retail store can save you thousands of dollars over building a new structure from scratch, but you may need to invest in a brand new roof pretty quickly. Replace missing asphalt shingles or leaky flat roof coatings with lightweight and tough insulated metal panels. This type of commercial roofing offers a wide range of benefits to the owner of a building already a few decades old. Easier Indoor Climate Control For most business owners, a chance to save money every month on heating and cooling costs is worth investing in insulated metal roofing alone. Each panel is constructed from two thin layers of steel or aluminum, sandwiching a thick layer of expanded foam that serves as insulation while making the panel even stronger against winds. With some panels offering extremely high R-vales, which is how insulation is rated, you may find that the new roof pays for itself in less than a decade in the amount of money you save on climate control. Aside from insulating the roof, these tight fitting panels also help maintain an air-tight building envelope to prevent losses of heated and chilled air. Fewer Re-roofing Visits Most metal insulated panel roofing products come with warranties covering at least 30 years after professional installation. With regular maintenance and inspections, you can expect the roof to last the rest of the building’s lifespan. Why spend more money for complete re-roofing jobs every decade or so when you can get a roof that lasts longer? Features that contribute to the longer lifespan of an insulated roof panel include The laminated construction method, since the multiple layers resist cracking better UV ray coatings, preventing sunlight from wearing down the metal layers and causing the finish to peel The light weight, which puts less stress on the roof structure and supports. Better Green Rating Want to get an edge over the competition by making your building as eco-friendly as possible? Installing insulated roofing panels provides you with the perfect green bullet point to add to your advertisements or brochures. You can describe how the insulation reduces your company’s reliance on electricity and explain how the panels you’ve chosen are recycled or recyclable. Faster Installation Most of the usual materials used on commercial roofs require a lot of experience and training for correct installation. However, insulated metal panels are so lightweight and easily mounted on the roof that practically any roofing crew can install them with minimal special equipment. This speeds up the installation process and helps you save money on labor costs for the roofing project. This benefit is essential when you discover your building has leaks or a sagging roof only a few weeks before your planned opening day. It’s equally helpful when your business is already operating and long downtime could threaten your cash flow. Getting the roof covered with a reliable new layer of material as quickly as possible gets you back on track faster. Reduced Need for Reinforcement Finally, consider how the light weight of an insulated metal roofing panel saves you money and time in structural reinforcement. Many roofs originally covered in asphalt or another very light material can’t hold up solar panels, solid metal roofing material, or heavy concrete tiles without major changes to the rafters or trusses. The...

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Avoiding Vocs: 4 Simple, Non-Toxic Solutions To Clean Your Glass Shower Enclosure

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Revamping your ordinary shower stall with a custom glass door and enclosure adds value and appeal to your home. Considering water, soap scum, and other debris can quickly buildup on the glass, periodic cleaning is essential to protecting the investment you made in your bathroom. Unfortunately, many glass-cleaning sprays contain harmful chemicals that are dangerous to the environment and your health. VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are common in many paints and household cleaners. These toxic ingredients will irritate your skin, eyes, and throat, while causing respiratory issues. In addition, prolonged exposure to VOCs can cause severe headaches, liver damage, and neurological issues. Fortunately, cleaning your new glass shower is possible using safe, non-toxic ingredients. Using these solutions, you can maintain the value and appeal of your custom shower in a safe, natural manner. Simple Squeegee Tool One of the safest ways to clean your glass door and enclosures is with a handheld squeegee tool. Of course, using the tool after each shower may be necessary to prevent heavy buildup. Choose a squeegee that uses a soft, rubber blade for the most efficient and effective cleaning. After each shower, move the squeegee blade down the glass, beginning at the top and working your way to the bottom. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe off the blade after each swipe. Work your way around the entire glass enclosure. Natural Glass Cleaner Visit your local discount store and you will find a large selection of glass cleaners. While these are effective for removing dirt and debris from your mirrors, glass walls, and windows, they do contain unnatural ingredients. For a natural glass cleaner, add the following ingredients to a spray bottle: 2 cups of warm water 2 cups of white vinegar Shake the spray bottle to mix before dousing one section of glass at a time. Allow the vinegar solution to sit and soak the glass for 10 minutes before using your squeegee tool to remove excess cleaner and residue. The vinegar solution will remove dirt and soapy residue without affecting your skin, eyes, or respiratory system. In addition, the 5 percent acetic acids in vinegar are antibacterial and antiviral, which will help prevent or kill mold or mildew in your shower. Stubborn Soap Scum Remover Even with a periodic cleaning, your glass door and enclosure may develop patches of stubborn soap scum. In most cases, your first inclination may be to use a more involved cleaner such as an abrasive scrub or bleach. These cleansers also contain VOCs, so creating a strong soap scum remover using natural ingredients is key. In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of warm water with ¼ cup of baking soda. The baking soda creates carbonation when it encounters moisture on a surface. This carbonation dissolves away tough debris and soap scum. Shake to mix before spraying onto areas with soapy buildup. Allow the baking soda solution to rest a few minutes before wiping the surface with a wet microfiber cloth. Hard Water Spots Hard water and the accumulation of soap scum can cause spots to develop on your shower’s glass door and enclosure. These spots decrease the appeal of your modern, open, airy shower, but they are easy to remove using water and rubbing alcohol. To get started, clean your glass using one of...

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