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TIPS FOR MAINTAINING GLASS BALUSTRADES

Updated: May 25

The simplicity of glass balustrades makes them popular for many. Not just their modern appearance, but the fact they are straightforward to maintain as well.

Here are a few tips that will help with maintaining your glass balustrades, keeping them manageable and undemanding.



CHECK FOR LOOSE FITTINGS

It’s important to keep an eye on balustrades, especially within the first few weeks after installation. A problem that can occur is clamps being too loose and the glass slipping slightly. There are scenarios in which this could be more likely to occur. For example, if you have balustrades installed somewhere where there are lots of strong winds, this can create movement with the glass. Loose clamps are usually a simple fix, but it’s always best to keep an eye out for this so it can be easily rectified.

CLEANING

Glass balustrades are easy to clean. You don’t have to over complicate it with commercial cleaners with chemicals in. Glass cleaners can leave a layer on the glass. Soap and water will be fine in most instances. If you want a little extra you can use natural ingredients such as vinegar or lemon juice. These can help with getting rid of greasy fingerprints and more stubborn marks. You will need to be careful with what you use to clean your glass as you don’t want to leave behind any scratches. Using a sponge, squeegee, and a microfiber/ lint free cloth will give you the desired results.

If your balustrade is made of stainless steel as well, you can see how to maintain that here.

Before using any cleaners double check that it is suitable for the material you are using it on. If in doubt get in touch with the installer of your balustrade who will be able to advise you further.

You may be tempted to clean external balustrades on a sunny day, but this isn’t recommended. Try to clean balustrades when it is overcast, or in the evening. This is so the sun doesn’t evaporate the water on the glass too quickly leaving streaks and residue.

GLASS FRIENDLY AREA

The glass used for balustrades is strong and durable. It would take a lot to break a piece of glass like this, but sometimes exposure to sharp objects or something heavy falling against it can create a chip or a scratch. In the unfortunate case of this happening the safety of your balustrade is unlikely to be compromised, however it’s sensible to periodically check so that it doesn’t begin to form a crack.

It is safest to make sure the area where your balustrades get installed is ‘glass-friendly’. This could mean not having anything that could easily fall on the balustrades or making sure lawn mowers and strimmers aren’t used too close to the balustrade in case a stone catches it. It’s sensible to be aware of your balustrades surroundings and just make sure to take care around them.

Again, the glass used for balustrades will be toughened or laminated, meaning it is strong so if anything happens to it, it will not shatter. But making sure there are minimal risks to the glass will save you money and inconvenience and will keep your glass looking good for longer.



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