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How to Get Streak-Free Glass

Consumers buy glass to enhance the beauty of their homes, but what happens when glass is exposed to hard water, soap scum and environmental elements? Getting a streak-free glass is next to impossible.

Once stains are on the glass, they are almost impossible to remove, unless the surface is protected with a low-maintenance coating.

Although most glass appears to have a smooth surface, the reality is glass by nature has microscopic peaks and valleys in virtually every surface. By filling in rough surfaces with a protective coating, the areas become smoother, water repellent, more brilliant, scratch and stain resistant, resulting in a streak-free shine.

Protective coatings create a surface that repels water and the minerals it carries so fewer drops can stick to and dry on the glass resulting in fewer spots.

The benefits are less cleaning, a more hygienic, streak-free glass surface, plus a cleaner environment where harsh chemicals and cleaners aren’t used.

Protective coatings are about protecting and extending the life of your valuable assets. Glass will maintain a “like new” effect while also being scratch resistant.

1)     Banish Buildup
People swear by the incredible soap scum-slaying ability of distilled vinegar (heated first) mixed with grease-cutting dish detergent such as Dawn, in equal proportions. If your shower is made of stone, however, the vinegar could damage it. Instead, mix some liquid soap with baking soda until it’s the consistency of frosting, says Kris Koenig, CEO of Natura Clean. Scrub it onto the glass shower door with a nonscratch sponge.

2)     Multitask
Clean the shower door as you’re finishing up your shower. The warm water has already loosed up the grime, plus you don’t have to worry about getting messy or wet. Use a sponge or foam cleaning pad such as a Magic Eraser, and you won’t need to mess around with additional cleaning products or chemicals.

3)     Citrus Solutions
Leslie Reichert, aka The Cleaning Coach, offers this trick for cleaning your glass shower door: Cut a lemon in half. Dip one half in baking soda, then rub on the glass door. “Once you get the glass clean, I like rubbing it with a little lemon oil, too,” she says. “The oil will repel the water so the soap doesn’t dry on the glass.”

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