Glass offers a clear solution and a great view to whatever it is you need fenced. Completely translucent, minimal and clean, glass panel railings can significantly improve the look and feel of your home and are backed by durability and strength.
Unfortunately, without regular maintenance, glass panel fencing can quickly become dirty and smeared if left untreated. To help you achieve that crystal clear finish, check out these top tips from Ultralox on how to clean glass fences and balustrades.
Glass panel powder coating
High-quality glass panel fencing and railings are treated with a super durable AAMA 2604 architectural powder coating, which can protect the colour and gloss for roughly five years of exposure. To ensure longevity, this coating must be cleaned and maintained regularly.
How often should I clean glass panel fencing?
Thanks to the super-durable AAMA 2604 architectural powder coating, glass fence cleaning is only required once or twice a year, depending on where you live.
If you happen to live within two kilometres of the beach, you'll be cleaning your glass fence twice a year, while those further away will only need to clean once a year.
If you've just had your fence installed, however, there's no need to worry about cleaning for the first six months. Once you do start to notice glass stains, it's time to get out the cleaning products.
What cleaning products should I use?
Cleaning glass fences and balustrade is a straightforward process that anyone, even the kids, can do. Start with a bucket of warm water and some regular cleaning detergent.
Without getting too sciencey, Ultralox recommends a non-abrasive, pH neutral (pH 5 to 8) detergent solution. A spray bottle of methylated spirits and water mixed at a ratio of 1:5 is ideal.
Make sure to avoid harsh solvents like paint thinners or solutions containing chlorinated hydrocarbons or ketones, as these can damage glass panels. For those extra tough stains like bird poo, tree sap, or salt staining, rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol is your best friend. Using scrunched up newspaper is an effective way to remove stains without the risk of damaging your glass balustrade.
How to clean a glass balustrade
Using a soft cloth or sponge, start on one side of the fence, cleaning in a vertical direction. Then on the other side, clean horizontally. This will help determine which side of the glass fence a particular stain is on.
After each panel is cleaned, use a squeegee or lint-free towel to polish the glass to remove excess water, smudges and smearing.