Shower Enclosure Dos and Don’ts
We’ve all heard stories about products being used in ways that they weren’t intended for. For example, the customer who calls the computer customer support line complaining that the cup holder has broken off, only to find that they had been using the CD drive tray as a cup holder.
We thought we’d give you some simple dos and don’ts for your new shower or tub enclosure. They will even be helpful for your existing enclosures!
Shower Enclosures, when properly installed, are designed to prevent leaks under normal shower conditions. Excessive water pressure or directing the shower spray directly at the door do not represent normal shower conditions and can result in leaks. you should not clean your shower enclosure with your spray nozzle, which counts as excessive water pressure. If you notice puddles of water outside your shower after such activities, you should probably clean it up as soon as possible and not repeat whatever activity got the water out of the tub or shower. The continual splashing of water outside your shower can cause all sorts of trouble.
Towel bars and handles are not to be used as grab bars. For many people, a grab bar is especially helpful when getting in and out of a tub or shower. Towel bars are not intended for this use, they cannot support your weight. This could result in the towel bar snapping off, shattering the shower glass and injuring you. You shouldn’t hang on them, stand on them or use excessive force.
Maintaining your Shower Enclosure
Do not use abrasive or acid-based cleaners when cleaning your Shower Enclosure. These can scar your metal or glass.
Shower Enclosures should be cleaned with a squeegee or towel after exposure to water. The glass needs to be cleaned every few weeks using a damp microfiber cloth and a mild detergent or soap to remove soap scum and grime from the glass. If you prefer, a general glass cleaner and a cloth are also suitable. The need to use harsh cleansers or toxic chemicals is no longer necessary to maintain the pristine appearance of your glass. When cleaning your treated glass be careful not to use any rough, gritty, highly acidic or abrasive cleaners that may remove the surface of the glass and damage the coating, therefore voiding the warranty. For areas with hard water, due to a higher concentrate of mineral deposits such as lime and calcium, a build-up may occur on the protective coating and not be easily removed with a mild detergent. A solution of white vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 5 parts water), will need to be used occasionally to dissolve these deposits.