Tired of struggling to open your sliding door and looking at dirty, streak-stained glass doors? How about unsightly condensation buildup? If so, you're not alone.
Keeping your doors spotless is simple with regular maintenance and cleaning. To improve their appearance and increase that much-desired natural light, we have a few ways to care for them.
Here are some tips for glass door care and how to find the best glass services in Victoria:
How to Maintain Your Glass Door
Is there anything worse than a glass patio door that won’t slide open easily or is covered in smudges and fingerprints? (Probably not.) Here are a few tips for properly cleaning the various parts:
Start by removing dust and dirt with a vacuum, brush, or duster. Since harsh chemicals can ruin the door frame surface, stick with soap and water to get them clean. Give them a good scrub and wipe them dry.
Be sure to check the exterior frames as well, since dirt, debris, and bird droppings can accumulate pretty quickly.
To keep your glass door looking spotless, gently wipe them clean with a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. (One or two drops should work!) Be sure to scrub the corners and crevices with a sponge as well.
After saturating the entire window, squeegee the excess water and dry them with a clean cloth or towel. Pro tip: avoid cleaning on a hot, sunny day or a freezing day with a temperature below zero since the windows dry/freeze faster and are more likely to streak. (Aim for a mild and cloudy day.)
Pop the screen out and wipe it clean with soapy water. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub away dirt and pollen. Let the screens air dry completely before putting them back.
It's best to avoid using paper towels or other materials that can leave lint on the screen. If you don't have a brush, a sponge or dishcloth will work. Unlike glass cleaning, screen cleaning works best on a sunny day since it helps speed up the drying process.
Track And Roller Maintenance
Dirty tracks will affect how well the door slides. To get them clean, start by vacuuming up dirt, dried leaves, bugs, or anything else that's accumulated. Use a paper towel to wipe them with warm water and dish soap.
Gunk can build up in the corners and crevices, so grab a toothbrush or disposable wipe to really get in there. (Wet paper towels will rip too easily.) Lastly, dry them with a clean cloth.
If the rollers are seized or worn, the door will not slide open and closed easily. This is a sign they need to be replaced - how hard you have to work to open and close the door. You can also remove the door from the tracks and check the rollers. If they're dirty, a simple cleaning will work. If there's damage, they'll need to be replaced. You can also install a new stainless steel track to ensure smooth sliding, contact us to get help from professionals.
How to Get Rid of Condensation
Wondering why condensation builds up on your two-panel glass door? The short answer: when warm air comes in contact with cold glass, moisture forms. There are three main types of condensation problems — interior, exterior, and condensation between the glass.
When the air inside your home is too humid, you might notice condensation buildup on your windows. The good news is this doesn't mean there's anything wrong with your door. The bad news is too much interior condensation can lead to mould.
Whenever you see it, simply wipe it clean with a cloth or towel. To reduce interior condensation, use bathroom and kitchen fans, open the windows, adjust your home's temperature, or try a dehumidifier.
During the summer months, you might notice condensation outside your windows since they are cool from the interior air conditioning. Not to worry — this type of condensation should evaporate on its own. (Although you can always wipe them clean if you'd like.)
Condensation in Between Window Panes
If your windows look foggy and wet from condensation inside the glass, you might be facing some issues with your window seals. They begin to break down on older windows or those with improper drainage and water buildup.
Professional glass services like ours will replace your window seals and get them looking like new again.
The Number 1 Glass Services in Victoria
If you need a little extra help caring for your glass doors, Allied Glass brings over 50 years of experience to Victoria, BC. We will ensure your glass doors look like new again in no time!
Contact us today for an appointment!