Yearly Archives: 2014

3 Reasons Glass Tabletops and Shelves Trump Every Other Material

Glass Table

Here’s the thing about tabletops and shelves—they get food scraps dropped on them. They get wine spilled on them, juice and milk splashes across them, and a porous material like wood can ultimately begin to warp under these circumstances. They’re beasts to keep clean, especially if you have a knack for collecting small keepsakes. Basically, your shelves and tables are magnets for disaster and the place least likely to pass the white glove test. However, they’re a necessity. So how can you optimize cleaning, cleanliness and safety?

It’s easy: Go with glass. From clear to custom colored, etched to mainstream and sleek, customized glass tabletops and shelves are the easiest to clean and keep clean, they go with everything and today’s glass is shatter-proof so you don’t have to worry about an accident leading to sharp shards hiding in the carpet. Should glass get broken, it creates a gummy crumble that’s easy to clean with no overtly sharp edges.

When it comes to other materials for tables and shelves, no other material comes close. Here’s how glass bests the “competition” every time:

1. Not Porous Like Wood

Wood is an incredibly porous material that will soak up anything from spilt soda to your aunt’s curry sauce. Even wood that has a thick seal and finish on it is prone to warping. What happens if your kid’s friend spills a glass of milk on a shelf and half-heartedly wipes it up without telling you? What if there’s a leak behind the bookcase you don’t notice for months? Warped wood can rarely be salvaged and it can even lead to deadly black mold.

2. “Warmer” than Metal

Maybe when you were on a mission to find a non-porous and sleek looking option for shelves or tables, metal caught your eye. While it looks uber contemporary, there’s a coldness about metal that most people don’t want in their home. Plus, if it’s not brushed metal, it gathers smudges and fingerprints like nobody’s business. Leave metal accents for medical offices—not your home.

3. More Affordable than Natural Stone

Natural stone such as granite is extremely heavy, exceptionally expensive and actually requires further treatment in order to stop it from being porous. While granite, quartz and others in the family can look great, they actually soak up just about everything and look dull (while being germ factories) in a few months. Once you spend a bundle on buying these materials, you then need to pay for professional sealing—say goodbye to your savings.

Custom glass shelves and tabletops give you an affordable, timeless and easy to clean option. Simply wipe and go? Now that’s the secret to speedy cleaning.

Life Hacks: Shower Door Cleaner

Shower Door

When it comes to bathrooms, many people struggle to find a shower door cleaner that leaves their glass doors looking spotless and well maintained. Because the build-up of hard water, soap scum and rust can cause a glass door to appear dirty, dingy and uncared for, it’s important to find a cleaner that not only works quickly but removes a host of bathroom stains and bacteria. Here are a few solutions to your shower door cleaner needs:

DIY Cleaner

While most people rely on Windex or other household cleaners to address their hard water problems, some of them simply aren’t strong enough or don’t completely clean your glass to a spotless finish. However, skip the store bought brands and use two liquids you already probably have around the house to remove any caked on residue. Simply add 1 cup of Dawn dish liquid to 1 cup of warm vinegar and mix together. The vinegar can be warmed to the proper temperature in the microwave in about 1 minute. Use a spray bottle to apply the mixture, wipe with a sponge and rinse with clean water for a spotless finish.

Use the Proper Sponges or Clothes

Regardless of whether or not you’re using store-bought or homemade cleaner, it’s important to remember to use the correct sponges or brushes. While bristled brushes are excellent for cleaning grout and tiles, they can scratch glass and leave permanent marks. Instead, use microfiber cloths on your glass doors and other surfaces in your bathroom. If you don’t have any microfiber clothes, be sure to use non-scratch sponges to wipe down your doors.

Don’t Forget the Tracks

While the majority of your shower door may be made from glass, cleaning the tracks is equally as important for maintaining a clean and germ-free bathroom. Simply use a spray or foam bathroom cleaner to loosen any dirt or build-up and scrub lightly with a retired toothbrush once a month or so to remove any unwanted debris.

Repel Water

Want to do away with hard water stains on your glass shower for the long haul? You may want to consider having HydroShield surface protector applied. For existing glass showers, Hydroshield removes hard water stains before the protecting sealant is applied. Once treated, water beads up and you simply dry your glass shower with a towel after your daily drench. With new construction or remodels, applying Hydroshield at the get go will protect your shower doors for years to come.

Keeping a clean bathroom and shower door doesn’t have to be a struggle even if you live in an area with hard water. Not everything has to be done each week and most tasks can be completed with little hassle if you keep up with a regular cleaning schedule. Choose the proper cleaning tools, create a strong shower door cleaner mixture and leave your bathroom sparkling like new!

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirror in Modern BathroomFrom mirrored walls to the compact at the makeup counter, mirrors are actually a type of glass. Since the story of Narcissus, mirrors and vanity have gone together like bouffants and hairspray. However, mirrors aren’t just for admiring yourself—although they’re certainly great for that. They’re also a means of making a space seem bigger, reflecting light and are classic décor items that will never go out of style. The very first mirrors were pools of water, but soon enough humans discovered how to make these contraptions without the risk of drowning.

The earliest manufactured mirrors were in China, where a silver and mercury concoction was used in 500 AD. In the 16th century, Europeans found a way to coat glass with a tin-mercury cocktail, and Venice soon became the hotspot for glass making. It was the hub of mirror production, but it wasn’t for the masses—a mirror was a fine luxury. France’s Saint-Gobain factory also tapped into the luxury market, but German bohemian glass emerged as a cost effective option to balance the playing field.

Danke, Germany

Glass as we know it today, the silvered glass variety, was invented by Justus von Liebig, a German chemist in 1835. He achieved a relatively affordable result by depositing metallic silver onto glass via a silver nitrate chemical reduction. Soon, manufacturers figured out a way to do this for mass production and the era of affordable mirrors was born. Today, however, silver wet deposition is the go-to method.

Unsurprisingly, today’s mirrors come in many types and each boasts a different process for manufacturing. The end result? A slightly different type of reflection. There are aluminum and low aluminum mirrors. Low aluminum is great for reflecting natural colors and is preferred for art exhibitions. There’s also safety glass mirrors designed to minimize injuries in case of breakage—it’s what you’ll find on shelves, furniture, walls and doors.

Getting Fancy

Silkscreen printed glass mirrors are created via colored inks and can be customized into a number of patterns, shapes and colors. It’s very durable and lasts more than 20 years, but is reserved for decorative options such as tabletops and chopping boards. Those who really want a luxury item can explore silver glass mirrors, which feature a silver coating and waterproof paints. The reflection is clear, the product is durable and it’s popular in furniture, bathrooms and for décor.

However, keep in mind that most decorative mirrors are handmade so, regardless of the process, the labor of love can demand a higher price. For those who fall in love with a vintage piece or find a treasure while antiquing, glass repair might be an option, but be forewarned: If you refurbish a mirror, it will be the fairest of them all and steal the show.

Vinyl Window Pro Tips

Just like with shoes, vinyl windows can come in a plethora of qualities—there’s a big difference between Gucci shoes and the knockoffs from the teen store in the mall. The same is true with vinyl windows. Some windows feature “spiral balances,” which look good at first glance. However, you’ll soon find that they’re quite demanding. They’ll constantly need adjustments, can become cranky to open and generally make you wish you’d sprung for higher quality vinyl windows. Continue reading “Vinyl Window Pro Tips” »

Glass Shower Doors

This is your space—how are you going to define it? Your bathroom isn’t just a place to primp for date night or get ready for the daily commute. It’s an oasis, a paradise, a spa where you can relax, unwind and give yourself a little pampering.
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Commercial Glass

Taking care of business doesn’t end when you punch out or snag that big client. If you own or manage commercial property, it’s paramount that you take both aesthetics and safety into account. You don’t want your commercial space to look like a
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Glass Walls & Doors

At Murray Glass we specialize in everything glass related, whether you’re looking for a brand new glass door installation, repairs or to design a one of a kind glass wall to create the ultimate Wasatch Front dream home. Unlike other glass features in your home, walls and doors need to be equal parts strength and beauty. Particularly with doors, this is an entryway to your home or business—it’s where you need to feel safe. The right glass (and installation) can make that happen. Breaking the glass ceiling is a good thing—but breaking glass walls and doors? That’s when you need to call in the experts.

With glass walls, you need to ensure they don’t easily crack, chip or break. Nothing ruins the luxury of a unique home feature like poor quality. No matter what you have in mind, from pebbled interior doorways to frosted glass walls separating your dining room from the kitchen, Murray Glass will make it happen. Our experts are on call to help our customers craft the perfect glass walls or doors for every taste and style.

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

If you’re just dipping your toe into the possibility of adding a little more glass (that’s “class” with a “g”) to your home, you’ll be surprised at today’s technology and craftsmanship. There are highly advanced operable glass wall systems, folding glass walls and glass doors that can be hand sketched to feature anything you like from the family crest to the Wasatch Front’s stunning mountain range.

However, it all starts with choosing the best quality at a price that fits your budget. At Murray Glass, we provide a big selection of styles, frames, materials and options from the best manufacturers around the world—however, we must admit we hold a special place in our heart (and inventory) for fellow local companies that manufacture some seriously high quality goods.

Once You Go Glass, It’s Built to Last

Interior glass doors and windows are a stunning way to show off your goods whether you own a car showroom or want to show off your impeccable home design skills. Plus, glass opens up any space making it look instantly brighter and larger. In an era of open floor plans, everyone could use just a little more openness. Tear down those walls and live a little with glass features.

Murray Glass pros have a knack for helping our customers design striking spaces that fit with your budget and complement your flair. Everyone knows a little transparency (and a little “see through”) is enticing—why not include those elements in your home and business?


Mirrors

You’re obviously the fairest of them all, but that can be tough to remember when your mirrors are broken, chipped, discolored or you simply don’t have enough in your home or business to be reminded. However, at Murray Glass we know that mirrors just aren’t the ultimate accessory for vanity (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Mirrors have long been a decorator’s favorite trick for enlarging and brightening a space. The right accent mirrors can lead you from room to room while an artfully designed mirrored shelf can showcase retail products or home accessories like no other.

Our fellow Wasatch Front residents deserve the luxury that only quality mirrors can provide. That’s why we offer the best brands and manufacturers, including local companies, and we also provide custom mirror services so you can bring your vision to reality. Fancy a one of a kind coffee table featuring a glass top with those 70s gold veins? You’ve got it—your wish is our command.

Reflection Time

There are probably more types of mirrors than you can imagine, which is why we have our mirror experts on hand around the clock for you. “Silvered mirrors” are fairly common. They’re designed via tempered or annealed glass which is brushed on a conveyor belt during manufacturing. During the tin chloride solution, silver is deposited—that’s what gives mirrors that silver hue. Who knew you had such precious metal adorning your home and office?

However, silver isn’t your only option. There are also truly clear mirrors that feature a silver backing along with paint and copper. This is by far the most popular and traditional option for those in Salt Lake City, Utah and around the country. An “ultra clear mirror” can be created with less iron, minimizing the slight green hue that most clear mirrors feature—these mirrors are a must when absolute clarity is required, such as an all-white interior space.

Custom Options

At Murray Glass, we also offer antiqued mirrors which feature tints and coatings to give an aged “shabby chic” look. You can also choose a concave mirror, which curves inward to create bigger reflections. Convex mirrors, of course, do the opposite and are great for decor or for spaces like garages to help see oncoming traffic around corners.

Additional options include laminated mirrors created with clear glass, safety backed mirrors for extra durability, “two way mirrors” (also known as transparent) and pyrolytic mirrors. Pyrolytic are very reflective and a great choice for shower doors or anywhere moisture can be a problem with silvered options.

Ready to take a look? When it comes to mirrors, Murray Glass is your go-to resource.