Cleaning glass pool fencing can be difficult, but it’s certainly not impossible – if you do it right. However, doing the wrong thing when you’re cleaning your glass pool fencing can cause all sorts of problems, and can result in glass that looks a lot older than it is or that is visibly damaged or worn.
Luckily, most glass pool fences are pretty tough, which means that they aren’t easily damaged. Here you will find a short list of the 5 most common mistakes people make when it comes to cleaning their glass pool fence. Avoid the following at all costs:
- Using Harsh Abrasives
Although it might be tempting to use abrasives to clean your pool fence – especially if it’s quite dirty or hasn’t been cleaned for some time – you need to avoid the temptation! Abrasives like steel wool or sandpaper can scratch and damage your glass panels, giving them a worn look.
They will also scratch any of the metal components of your fence, making them susceptible to corrosion. Finally, abrasives will remove any nano protection that your fence has, which will make it wear faster under normal conditions.
- Using Scrapers Or Blades
Like abrasives, scrapers and blades will damage your fence and make it appear older and more worn than it actually is. Although it might seem like a good idea to remove thick dirt or grime with a scraper, don’t do it! You will only damage the surface of both the glass panels and the metal components of your fence, which will result in them being harder to clean in the future.
- Using Highly Acidic Or Alkaline Cleaners
Highly acidic or alkaline cleaners have the potential to eat away at the surface of your fence’s glass panels, which can result in a pitted, dirty look. These cleaners are also very toxic, and completely unnecessary – there’s absolutely no reason to use them!
- Hard Water
Although this isn’t an absolute must, you should avoid using hard water to clean your fence if you can. The term ‘hard water’ refers to water which is high in certain minerals, which will result in it leaving calcified spots on your glass.
If you do have to use hard water, then you should try and use some sort of water softener to reduce the impact to your fence. At the same time, you should always make sure that you wipe both the glass and the metal components of your fence dry when you’ve finished cleaning it to leave them shiny and cleaner than ever!
- Any Cleaning Method Involving Extremes In Temperature Or Impacts
Although not common, you should avoid at all costs any cleaning method that involves the use of extremely hot or cold substances or heavy impacts. Although glass pool fences use strong toughened glass, they can still shatter if they aren’t looked after properly.
Cleaning your pool fence isn’t that hard. Avoid anything that’s likely to damage either the glass or the metal components of the fence. Wipe over with warm soapy water regularly, and make sure that you dry the fence when your done to maximise the effects of your cleaning efforts.