All About Glass

Glass is a common element, whether it’s providing you with light through a window or being used to hold liquids, it’s favoured among many home owners for a range of purposes. While glass can be used to protect us as a barrier on balconies, we also associate this element with shattering and going everywhere. While glass is commonly used, have you ever thought about the process in which it’s created?

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Here, we’re going to discuss all you need to know about glass.

This may be hard to believe, but glass is created from liquid sand; sand melts at 1700 degrees Celsius, and when it reaches that point, it receives a complete transformation. Changing to a frozen liquid, once its been boiled, sand never regains its colour or structure back, and is known as an amorphous solid. Glass is incredibly useful and is inexpensive to create, and when set, resistant to heat.

Depending on what type of glass you would like to make, there are a number of ways that this can be achieved. Natural substances have been used to produce glass for generations, as it was accidently discovered as Mediterranean merchants mixed soda, sand and limestone into campfires and noticed the solid and transparent residue left in the ashes. Creating glass in Australia occurred after the Europeans settled, with the construction of flat glass being introduced in 1974.

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It’s best to make glass using recycled glass, as using pure materials involves taking resources out of the ground and is damaging to land. Reusing glass is a great way to conserve our precious surroundings, as this will reduce the energy consumption and decrease the need to drill into the ground.

So the next time you have a glass bottle, or need to dispose of glass, place it in the recycling bin. Glass can provide a beautiful finish for a range of locations, and if you require a team to install glass, contact your nearest glass specialists.

The Best Way To Clean Glass Windows

There are a number of positives to having glass in and around your home; from allowing the sun to shine through the windows and provide warmth, to giving your pool an elegant finish by having a fence made out of silica. There is nothing nicer than being inside of a home or office and looking outside, seeing the trees slightly swaying or the clouds moving.

Even though the positives of having glass outweigh the negatives, there is still some maintenance required. The presence of mould on glass is quite common, and can be controlled using every day cleaning products that are safe and will effectively remove all of the dirt that’s accumulated. Mould, dust mites, insects and pollen tends to gravitate towards glass, which is bad for those who suffer from allergies. Not only do dirty windows cause illnesses, it also doesn’t look incredibly appealing when you can see grime.

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Distilled vinegar should be one of your best friends when cleaning glass surfaces, made from a mixture of both acetic acid and water, this non-toxic mixture is an excellent way to remove all of the unwanted matter on your windows.

  1. Wipe down the window with a dry towel to remove any spider webs or dead insects.
  2. Combine equal parts of both distilled vinegar and water into a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the mixture onto the window and rub with a cloth, ensure that the spray reaches all parts of the window.
  4. To prevent the window from becoming streaky, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth immediately after the third step has been completed.
  5. If your windows have small corners, get a cotton bud for all of those hard to reach places and watch that dirt disappear.

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These steps can be used to clean any glass surface, and is an affordable and safe way to ensure your glass is kept in pristine condition. This process can be a little messy, especially if you’re cleaning an area that is quite large, like a pool fence; its best to wear the appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes to prevent slipping.

So next time you go to clean your windows, make sure you follow the steps above to get the best results.