Glass Cleaning and Handling Guide

A general guide for cleaning & handling glass

RECOMMENDED MATERIALS:

  • Use only solutions manufactured for the express purpose of glass cleaning. Other chemicals may damage or stain the glass surface.
  • Domestic grade detergents diluted in warm water can be used in instances where there is an excessive buildup of dirt & grime.
  • Soft lint free cleaning cloths are ideal for cleaning & drying glass surfaces.
  • Steel wool (Oil free, Grade 0000 only) for extreme cases such as paint overspray or tin blemishes.

AVOID:

  • Contact with steel & hard surfaces.
  • Abrasive materials, including scouring pads, cleaning powdered or creams with an abrasive component.
  • Exposing the edge of laminated glass or mirror to cleaning chemicals.
  • Cleaning in direct sunlight
  • Untested Adhesive tapes & films
  • Razor blades & sharp objects

ON SITE:

Many activities common in building construction are potentially detrimental to glass products. Once glass installation is complete, consider how to protect your glass until the building is occupied.

Tips:

  • Avoid prolonged exposure to Adhesive tapes & films
  • Protect the glass from welding or grinding activities.
  • Store glass with suitable interleaving away from dust, moisture & chemicals.
  • Concrete, plaster, paint, chemicals & other building materials can adversely affect installed glass products. Provide a barrier to prevent contact from these substances.

MIRRORS:

  • Mirrors require extra care; To clean mirrors, wipe the surface (glass side only) with a domestic glass cleaner or methylated spirits diluted in water. Clean & dry with a soft cloth.
  • Clean edges with water only & dry immediately afterwards.
  • Mechanical fixings are preferred and recommended for mirror installations.
  • Use only non-acetic Sealants.

ACID ETCHED GLASS:

  • Extra care should be taken when handling & cleaning Acid Etched Glass, we recommend you wear gloves & avoid exposure to oils & abrasive materials.
  • Apply glass cleaner uniformly to the surface, clean using a soft cloth, then rinse with hot water & dry with a soft lint free cloth.

PAINTED GLASS

  • Painted glass products require extra care; to clean painted glass, wipe the surface (glass side only) with a domestic glass cleaner or methylated spirits diluted in water. Clean & dry with a soft cloth.
  • Clean edges with water only & dry immediately afterwards.
  • Use only non-acetic Sealants
  • Use Steel wool (Oil free, Grade 0000 only) for cleaning paint overspray.

TRANSPORT:

FGS Glass recommends that all glass should be separated by a protective layer during transport. To reduce the risk of chips, scratches, shells & rub marks. Cardboard, protective film, paper & cork pads are all suitable products for this purpose.

STORAGE:

FGS Glass recommends that all glass should be separated by a protective layer whilst in storage. To reduce the risk of chips, scratches, shells & to prevent the buildup of moisture between panels. Cardboard, paper & cork pads are all suitable products for this purpose.

Note: prolonged exposure to moisture, chemicals, sealants, concrete, paint, plaster, adhesive tapes & adhesive films can leave permanent stains on the glass surface.

OBSERVING FAULTS IN GLASS:

Australian/ New Zealand Standard 4667 ‘Quality requirements for cut-to-size & processed glass’ provides a nationally recognized framework for assessing faults or defects in Architectural glass products.

Topics covered by ANZ 4667

  • Dimensional Tolerances
  • Flatness Requirements
  • Guideline for Allowable imperfections
  • Edge & surface Quality

 

 

This information is intended as a guide for cleaning domestic installations. For large scale commercial or industrial applications advice should always be sought from an accredited Glazier or professional window cleaner.

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Victoria, 3149

Tel: 03 8562 0880

Email: glass@fgs.com.au

 

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FGS Glass are 140 years in the making, with a rich history starting in the wool industry. Initially being formed under the George Fethers banner, FGS are now a stand alone Company.

We pride ourselves on Customer Service, Delivering On Time, High Quality and doing what we say we will. Making FGS your 'First Choice in Glass'. We believe we are the best glass processor in Australia.

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