Here’s part two of our How to maintain and care for glass in your home mini blog series.
11. Glass Storage
Do not store or place other materials in contact with glass. This can damage the glass or create a heat trap leading to thermal breakage.
12. Reflective Glass
Extra care is necessary where high performance reflective glass is installed. The coated surface can be susceptible to stains and scratches. Temporary screens should be installed if welding, sandblasting, floor sanding, cutting or other DIY or construction practices take place near the glass. Glass installations which are adjacent to concrete (e.g. concrete slab floors) also require extra care and cleaning due to the abrasive nature of concrete dust.
13. Toughened Glass
The cleaning of toughened glass requires special care. The glass surface opposite the standards compliance stamp may, as a consequence of the manufacturing process, have ‘pickup’ on the surface. ‘Pickup’ is a deposit of very small particles of glass which are fused to the glass surface. A cleaning method which does not dislodge these particles should be employed otherwise scratching of the glass surface may result. Blades or scrapers have been known to dislodge ‘pickup’ from the glass surface. A soft cloth, which will not dislodge ‘pickup’ should be used.
14. Low-E Glass
Glass with a Low-E coating cleans differently to ordinary glass. Cleaning the coated (interior) surface can be done with products such as Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner, Mr. Muscle Surface and Glass or a mixture of one part vinegar with ten parts water. When cleaning, always wear gloves and remove jewellery or watches. Flood the glass surface with the spray-on cleaning solution or with a cloth saturated with cleaning solution. Scrub the wetted surface with a clean, lint free towel or cloth. Wipe with a dry, clean, lint free towel or cloth. Do not use a squeegee on the coated (interior) surface. To prevent streaking, stop wiping when the glass is almost dry and there is a uniform film of moisture left on the glass surface. The film will quickly evaporate leaving a clean surface. The non-coated surface of the glass can be cleaned using the same procedure as ordinary glass.
15. Care of mirrors
Mirrors require special cleaning care. To clean mirrors, simply wipe over the surface with a few drops of methylated spirits on a damp cloth. Polish surface dry with a lint free cloth. Some proprietary glass cleaners, if used to excess, can cause damage to the silvering as can excessive amounts of water. Make certain when cleaning the face of the mirror that there is no contact with the silver backing, particularly at the edge of the glass and be careful to keep any moisture away from the paint backing of the mirror. Ensure cleaning cloths used are free of any abrasives.
16. Window components
When cleaning also make sure to consider the window components i.e. frame, glazing gaskets, seals, hinges and locks, etc. as these will carry their own considerations, you should consult the manufacturer regarding the specific cleaning instructions for these items.
17. Paint spots
When doing paint work in the home avoid removing any paint spots using a sharp razor blade as this can damage the glass. As an alternative, investigate solvents or graffiti removal materials, ensuring they won’t damage the glass. If a blade or scraper is used then the risk of damage can be reduced by using a scraper which has a clean edge and is held at an angle of 30° to the glass. However, surface coated, modified or tinted glass requires special care, you will need to seek cleaning advice from your local glass merchant regarding this.
These tips were kindly shared with us by Viridian. Viridian is Australia’s number one glass provider and the only manufacturer of float glass and hardcoat performance glass products in Australia. Being a part of CSR Building Products, and with a long history of glass making in Australia, Viridian is able to offer comprehensive glass and glazing solutions across Australia and New Zealand. Learn more about what they do here…
Glass is a beautiful material to use around the home – be it through large windows that let the morning sun poor into your house, or mirrors that add a sense of depth and space.
The challenge with glass is keeping it clean.
Whilst we don’t always notice when glass is clean, we definitely notice when it’s dirty (or covered with little people’s handprints!).
There are many ways to clean different types of glass, as well as safety precautions to observe when handling and storing glass.
The experts at Viridian Glass have kindly shared some of their tops tips on cleaning and handling glass with us, which we will share with you in two parts on our blog.
1. Glass Protection
During any home construction or DIY, it is recommended that glass is protected from any contamination caused by building materials and methods used during construction. Construction dust, leachate from concrete and rusting from steel can contribute to the formation of mild chemicals which can stain or damage glass.
2. Safe glass handling
If glass gets damaged or broken during any home DIY or construction, ensure that experienced glaziers are engaged to rectify the situation. Glass can be a safety hazard if not handled properly.
3. Appropriate cleaning tools
Glass should be cleaned using only cleaning materials which are free of grit and debris (to avoid scratching and marking).
4. Appropriate cleaning materials
When cleaning glass only use detergents and cleaning solutions that are recommended specifically for glass cleaning. Mild detergents are preferable.
5. Avoid corrosive cleaners
When cleaning glass do not use cleaners which contain Hydrofluoric or Phosphoric acid as they are corrosive to the glass surface.
6. Avoid harsh cleaners
Do not use any abrasive cleaners, powder based cleaners, scouring pads or other harsh materials to clean windows or other glass products.
7. Avoid tapes or adhesives
Avoid using any tapes or adhesives on glass as they can sometimes stain or damage glass surfaces (unless they are known to be easily removed).
8. Careful cleaning method
When cleaning do not allow cleaning solutions to contact the edges of Laminated glass, Insulating Glass Units or Mirrors.
9. Avoid cleaning in direct sunlight
Do not clean the glass when the glass is hot or in direct sunlight.
10. Avoid thermal fracture
Avoid causing extreme temperature changes to the glass as this may lead to thermal fracture of the glass, i.e. do not splash hot water on cold glass or freezing water on hot glass.
Whoever thought doilies were dated and daggy had never seen these cute gift tags…
- They’re super easy to create. You can pick up the pre-made kraft card gift tags at most stationery, craft or discount stores very cheaply. Paper doilies are also pretty easy to source and come in packs, giving you plenty to play with.
- You can cut the doilies in anyway and place them on any part of the gift tag
- You could paint the doilies for a more colourful effect, or even use them as a stencil to paint over on the gift tag.
- Experiment with different coloured pens when writing on the gift tags e.g. use a white pen with white doilies, or metallic pens.
- The kids would have fun cutting and pasting these doilies onto gift cards too.
Wrapping paper doesn’t always need to be made from “paper”. Creative wrapping materials like this tea towel mean that your recipient can ‘reuse’ the gift wrapping long after they’re opened their present…
- This is a great way to add extra value to your gifts as this give the recipient another gift to use after they’re opened their main gift. It’s the gift that keeps giving!
- Tea towels are really useful and we never buy nice ones for ourselves (I always opt for the cheapest option when I need a new tea towel for myself).
- A gorgeous tea towel (such as the one above which features a beautiful print) could also be framed and used as a striking artwork in the recipient’s home.
- We love the use of the twine and brown kraft gift tag with this bold print – it gives the gift a very natural look.
- It’s better for the environment with less paper being thrown away.
- Fabric is a very forgiving material to use for wrapping things (especially odd shapes) as it drapes.
- The next time you’re away on holidays and pop into the local souvenir shop, keep your eyes peeled for interesting tea towels you can use as gift wrap.
- Left-over fabric remnants could also be hemmed and used instead of a bought tea towel.
Vases make an excellent gift as you can never too many to accommodate flowers of different sizes and shapes (add this one to the ‘gift list’ for someone who is hard to buy for!).
However, if you don’t have the right sized vase, it’s great to know that a bowl can also be converted into a gorgeous vessel for displaying flowers by simply using some tape…
Why we love it:
- A bowl has a lower profile than a vase, so is easier to see over when you are talking to people on the other side of the table.
- A bowl is more stable and less likely to get knocked over when you’re reaching for the pepper.
- This method accommodates lots flowers of lots of different shapes and sizes. The flat surface means that small flowers with shorter stems won’t get ‘lost’.
- You can have fun experimenting with lots of different sized bowls. This idea will have me checking out the glassware section more carefully the next time I go to an op shop or secondhand store!
- You can also experiment with different coloured bowl and flower combinations – a white bowl will set of brightly coloured flowers, whilst a colourful bowl would look great with white flowers or flowers in one tone, i.e. all pink.
- A beautiful bowl of flowers like this would make the perfect hostess gift the next time you go to a dinner party.
Since last year, ANZAC Day has become an extra special day in our home, as it is now our son’s birthday. Since this year marks the 100th anniversary since the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.) landed at Gallipoli, in addition to attending your local dawn service, making a batch of ANZAC biscuits seems a fitting gesture. These tasty biscuits will also keep you going during the day after the early start 😉
This recipe is a tried and tested favourite in our household, with a few variations at the end…
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup self raising flour
- 1 cup coconut (shredded for a chunky effect, or desiccated for a smoother mixture)
- 1 cup sugar (you could get away with less, but no less than half a cup otherwise the mixture tastes too bitter)
- 125 grams butter
- 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1. Combine all dry ingredients together
2. Melt butter and combine with Golden Syrup, and boiling water (in which bicarb soda has been dissolved).
3. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in butter/Syrup/water/bicarb mixture and mix well to combine.
4. Place small balls of mixture (the size of a golf ball) on baking paper on a baking tray. Press balls down slightly so they cook evenly.
5. Bake in a moderate oven (about 180 degrees celcius) for approx. 10 minutes or until golden.
- I frequently make this recipe for our Mother’s Group and kid’s parties as it can be adapted to cater for people with allergies.
- Butter can be substituted with dairy-free margarine for people with dairy allergies
- Gluten-free flour can be used to make this recipe Gluten-free
- I love to mix this recipe up by adding cranberries, sultanas, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds or nuts such as flaked almonds and macadamias. Addition of these other ingredients makes these biscuits more nutritious and filling.
- These biscuits freeze well and can be taken out of the freezer an hour or so before you’re ready to serve to defrost.
What’s your favourite biscuit recipe? We’d love your thoughts – please comment below…
Every home needs a beautiful set of coasters. They’re a great way to inject some personality into your home decor, and are an easy, inexpensive way to update your interior. Jonathan Adler’s set of 4 ‘Jet Set’ coasters are a great example…
- They’re bright and colourful – adding a splash of colour to any tabletop
- They evoke happy thoughts of vibrant, iconic holiday destinations: Carpi, Acapulco, Monte Carlo, and Ipanema
- They come beautifully packaged in a gorgeous gift box, ready to give to a lucky recipient.
- These coasters would suit most contemporary interiors and make an ideal wedding, engagement, anniversary or birthday gift.
- The bold primary colours are unisex and this set could be a gift for a man or woman.
- They are made from high-quality porcelain with a lipped-edge to ensure drinks stay on the coaster.