There are a lot of different types of glass that you are going to encounter. As you look into various options today, you’ll find that some are easier to manage than others. One such option is known as tempered glass. Sometimes referred to as “safety glass”, this is an option that is shatters if broken. These crumble into cubes, so that it’s somewhat safer, albeit still dangerous. It’s just not going to form shards.
How To Tell If You Have Tempered Glass
First and foremost, you need to know whether or not you have tempered glass in place. These are often placed in high traffic areas. You’ll find that they will be put in bathrooms, near walkways, around doors, and other areas that see a lot of traffic. You will also find them to be etched, and somewhat different than traditional glass, so that you can see through it, but not with the same precision as others.
When this type of glass is formed, there is a lot of chemistry at play. The chemistry causes the glass to end up going through a variety of different heats, and cooling points. This causes the glass to look the way it does, but it also makes sure that the density shifts, and the glass doesn’t shard when shattered. The only downside with this is that you are going to have a harder time cleaning it. Since there are grooves and different elements on the surface trapping dirt becomes easy for the glass. You’ll have to clean with care to get this cleared out, since the panes are a bit more sensitive than traditional solutions.
Cleaning Tempered Glass
You’re going to find that cleaning tempered glass is difficult to get done right. However, many professionals request that you use a window scraper. Before you go out and start cleaning, you have to be very careful with this. Get familiar with the tool. Then when testing it, clean very slightly, and with ease. You cannot “scrub” glass of this type. You have to be very careful with how you clean things up. The scraper can help clean across imperfections. Listen for any noise, because if you hear some cracks, you should stop. You want to test this first, and when you hear that, you will want to go with a different methodology.
You can use a window scraper, but you have to be very gentle when cleaning. Treat tempered glass with care, and pay attention to whether or not you’re hearing the cracks and pops. If you hear that, slow down, wet your scraper, use a squeegee and glass cleaner, but be very light with your touch to clean this type of glass.