Alpine Shower Screen Maintenance

Your new AlpineKB shower screens come with a lifetime warranty. However, like everything, shower screens need regular care and maintenance to maintain the performance and life of these products. Our shower screen experts have put together guidelines to ensure you will get the most out of your Alpine shower screens. These guidelines will provide expert tips and methods for keeping your shower screens in pristine condition, focusing on gentle, regular maintenance to prevent damage and ensure safety.

Please ensure you clean and maintain your Alpine shower screens in accordance with the information and guidelines provided to maintain your warranty on the finish.

Maintaining the elegance and functionality of your AlpineKB shower screens is crucial for their longevity and performance.

Regular Cleaning: The Key to Durability

Maintaining the pristine condition of your Alpine shower screens not only enhances the appearance of your bathroom but also extends the life of the product. Regular cleaning, done correctly, is essential to prevent damage, particularly from corrosion, and ensure the longevity of both the glass and aluminium components.

Frequency and Timing

Clean your shower screens every one to two weeks. This may need to be adjusted based on the hardness of your water supply; harder water can leave more mineral deposits and may require more frequent cleaning.

How To Clean Shower Screen Glass

Step 1: Preparation of Cleaning Materials

  • Gather your supplies: a mild soap or detergent, a bucket or bowl for mixing the cleaning solution, clean water, a squeegee, and a soft, lint-free cloth or microfiber towel.
  • Prepare a mixture by combining a small amount of gentle soap or detergent with warm water in a bucket or bowl. It is crucial to use only mild soap or detergent solutions for cleaning. The solution should be sudsy but not overly concentrated.

Step 2: Cleaning the Glass Panels

  • Start by wetting the glass panels with clean water to remove any loose dirt or debris.
  • Using a non-abrasive sponge or cloth, apply the soapy water solution to the glass in a gentle, circular motion. Avoid applying too much pressure. Under no circumstances should abrasive, caustic, or scouring products be used. Non-compliance with these cleaning instructions may cause decorative finishes to deteriorate and could adversely affect the safe operation of the enclosure.
  • Focus on any spots or stains, but be gentle to avoid damaging the hydrophobic coating.

Step 3: Rinsing the Glass Panels

  • After thoroughly washing the glass, rinse the panels with clean water. You can use a handheld showerhead or a clean, wet cloth.
  • Ensure all soap suds and cleaning solutions are completely removed, as residue can leave marks and reduce the effectiveness of the hydrophobic coating.

Step 4: Squeegeeing

  • Use a squeegee to remove excess water from the glass panels. Start from the top and move downwards in a smooth, continuous motion. This step is crucial to prevent water spots.

Step 5: Drying and Polishing the Glass

  • After squeegeeing, any remaining droplets should be gently dabbed or wiped off with a soft, dry cloth or microfiber towel.
  • Polish the glass in a circular motion to prevent streaks, ensuring a clear, streak-free finish.

Cleaning the Frame and Hardware

  • Apply the same soap solution to the frame and hardware using a soft cloth.
  • Pay special attention to crevices and joints where soap scum and water spots are more likely to accumulate.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft cloth to prevent water spots and corrosion.

Final Tips

  • Regular cleaning is not just about aesthetics; it’s about preserving the functionality and safety of your shower screen.
  • Always use gentle, non-abrasive materials and techniques to protect the surfaces and finishes of your shower screen.

By following these detailed steps, you ensure that your Alpine shower screens remain clean, clear, and in excellent condition, thus extending their lifespan and maintaining their elegant appearance.

Important Don’ts in Shower Screen Maintenance

Understanding what not to do is just as important as knowing the correct cleaning methods for your Alpine shower screens. Certain practices and products can cause irreversible damage to both the glass and the aluminium parts of your shower screen. Here, we will delve into the critical don’ts to ensure the longevity and safety of your shower enclosure.

Never use cleaners that contain harsh chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, or chlorine. These substances can corrode the aluminium parts and strip away the protective coatings on the glass. Use ONLY mild soap or detergent solutions to clean your shower screen.

Avoid any cleaning agents labelled as abrasive or scouring. These can scratch the glass and aluminium surfaces, leaving permanent marks.

Under no circumstances should you use abrasive, caustic, or scouring products. Failure to comply with these cleaning instructions may result in the deterioration of decorative finishes and could have a negative impact on the safe operation of the enclosure.

Instead, always opt for soft, non-abrasive cloths or sponges.

When cleaning, apply gentle pressure. Overzealous scrubbing can damage the shower screen’s seals, hinges, and other delicate parts.

This gentle approach is especially important for screens with decorative finishes or intricate designs.

Homemade cleaning solutions or those with unspecified ingredients can sometimes cause unexpected reactions to the materials of your shower screen.

Stick to known mild detergents and cleaners specifically designed for shower screens or similar surfaces.

Always refer to and follow the cleaning instructions provided by Alpine. These guidelines are tailored to the specific materials and finishes used in their shower screens.

If your shower screen is stained, do not delay the cleaning process. The longer a stain is left unattended, the harder it is to remove without causing damage.

Prevent water spots and mineral build-up by not allowing water to dry naturally on the screen. Always use a squeegee or cloth to dry the surface after use or cleaning.

By avoiding these harmful practices and products, you can preserve the integrity and appearance of your Alpine shower screens. Remember, gentle and mindful cleaning is the cornerstone of maintaining your screens in a condition that is as good as new.

Dealing with Limescale on Alpine Shower Screens

Limescale, a common issue in many bathrooms, can detract from the appearance and functionality of your Alpine shower screens. It’s essential to address this problem effectively to maintain the clarity and longevity of the glass. This section explores the best practices for safely and effectively removing limescale.

Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Limescale

Limescale is a chalky deposit that forms when hard water evaporates, leaving minerals like calcium and magnesium behind. It’s more prevalent in areas with hard water and can accumulate on shower screens over time.

Combine equal parts of white vinegar and water (50:50) in a bowl or a spray bottle. Vinegar, being a mild acid, is effective in dissolving limescale without damaging the shower screen.

  • If using a bowl, dip a soft cloth into the solution and apply it to the affected areas. For a spray bottle, spray the solution directly onto the limescale.
  • Let the solution sit on the limescale for 5 to 10 minutes. This dwell time allows the vinegar to break down the mineral deposits.
  • After allowing the solution to work, gently wipe the area with a soft, non-abrasive cloth or sponge. Avoid using harsh scrubbing tools.
  • For stubborn areas, reapply the vinegar solution and allow it to sit for a few more minutes before wiping again.

Once the limescale has been removed, rinse the area thoroughly with clean water. This step is crucial to prevent any vinegar residue, which could cause streaks or odours.

  • Dry the shower screen with a clean, soft cloth or squeegee to prevent water spots and ensure a streak-free finish.
  • If necessary, polish the glass with a dry microfiber cloth for extra shine.

Preventive Measures

Regular cleaning, as we’ve discussed before, is key to preventing the build-up of limescale. If you reside in a hard water area, it may be worth considering the installation of a water softener to minimise the formation of limescale.

Daily Care for Longevity of Alpine Shower Screens

The key to extending the lifespan and maintaining the pristine condition of your Alpine shower screens lies in consistent daily care.

To prevent the build-up of limescale, it is important to take a few extra steps in maintaining your glass and frames. After showering, make sure to thoroughly rinse the surfaces with water, ensuring no water droplets are left behind. To further protect the glass, use a squeegee to remove any remaining droplets, leaving it clean and spotless. For the frames, gently wipe them with a soft cloth to ensure they stay in pristine condition.

Following these simple, routine actions taken after each use can significantly reduce the build-up of limescale, soap scum, and water spots, ensuring your shower screen remains clear and functional.

Detailed Guide for Daily Shower Screen Care

  • After each use of the shower, it’s beneficial to rinse off the entire shower screen with clean water. This removes any soap or shampoo residue and reduces mineral deposits from hard water.
  • A handheld showerhead is ideal for this purpose, but if that’s not available, splashing water over the screen can also be effective.
  • Following the rinse, use a squeegee to remove excess water from the glass. Start at the top of the glass and drag the squeegee down in a straight, smooth motion.
  • Ensure that the squeegee blade is clean and free of any debris to prevent scratches on the glass surface.
  • With a soft, dry cloth, gently wipe the frame and hardware of the shower screen. This step is essential to prevent water spots and mineral build-up on the aluminium parts.
  • Pay particular attention to the corners and joints where water tends to accumulate.

After wiping down the screen and frame, hang the cloth in a well-ventilated area to dry. This prevents the growth of mould and mildew on the cloth itself.

Incorporating these simple yet effective steps into your daily routine can greatly enhance the longevity and appearance of your Alpine shower screens. Regular daily care is an effortless practice that pays off in the long run, keeping your shower enclosure in excellent condition while minimising the need for more intensive cleaning.

Cleaning Guide for Aluminium Shower Screen Frames

Aluminium frames on shower screens are not only functional but also add to the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. Proper cleaning and maintenance of these frames are essential to preserve their appearance and functionality. This guide will provide detailed instructions on how to clean aluminium shower screen frames effectively, using safe practices and recommended solutions.

Step-by-Step Process for Cleaning Aluminium Frames

  • Wear gloves to protect your hands during cleaning. This is especially important if your skin is sensitive to cleaning agents.
  • Remove any jewellery, such as rings and watches, to prevent scratching the aluminium surface during cleaning.
  • Use a non-abrasive sponge or soft cloth for washing the frame. The aim is to clean effectively without causing scratches or damage to the painted surface.
  • Avoid abrasive cream cleaners or harsh scrubbing materials, as they can deteriorate the frame’s finish.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of clean, warm, soapy water. Alpine recommends this mild solution to avoid damage to the aluminium.
  • Gently wash the frame with soapy water, being careful not to apply excessive pressure, which could damage the paint.
  • Remove any dirt, grit, or hair from the tracks. These elements can restrict the movement of rollers and cause damage over time.
  • Spray the tracks with warm, soapy water and wipe them down with a soft cloth. Make sure to reach into all the nooks and crannies to remove accumulated debris.
  • After cleaning, dry the frame and tracks with a chamois or a soft, lint-free cloth. This will prevent water spots and ensure a streak-free finish.
  • Be thorough but gentle, especially around joints and seals.

Recommended Cleaning Solutions

  • Stick to clean, warm, soapy water for general cleaning. This is gentle enough not to damage the finish and is effective for regular maintenance.
  • Avoid using solvent-based cleaners, which can harm the aluminium surface and void your warranty.

Handling Stubborn Marks

For difficult marks like tape residue, use alcohol or citrus cleaner solvent-based cleaners sparingly. These should be used only when necessary and not as part of regular cleaning.

Always follow up the use of these stronger cleaners with a thorough rinse to remove any residual cleaner from the surface.

Maintaining your aluminium shower screen frames requires a careful approach that balances effective cleaning with gentle handling. By following these steps and using the recommended cleaning solutions, you can ensure that your aluminium frames remain in excellent condition, contributing to your shower space’s overall functionality and aesthetic. Regular, mindful cleaning will keep these frames looking their best for years to come.

Managing Aluminium Corrosion on Shower Screen Frames

Aluminium shower screen frames are valued for their strength, reliability, and inherent resistance to corrosion. However, without regular cleaning and maintenance, they can still be susceptible to rust. Research by Curtin and Monash universities highlights that the risk of corrosion is more about the environment than the quality of the aluminium or its installation. Proper care not only maintains the appearance of these frames but also extends their functional life by preventing corrosion.

Why might aluminium corrode?

Research from institutions like Curtin University and others shows that corrosion in aluminium shower screen frames is influenced more by environmental conditions than the quality of the aluminium itself. As such, corrosion is not covered under warranty.

Aluminium shower screens benefit from a natural oxide layer that guards against corrosion. Yet, this protective layer might be less effective in areas like crevices and joints where moisture and soap residues accumulate, heightening the risk of corrosion. Moreover, airborne pollutants in the bathroom can settle on the frames, further contributing to the corrosion process.

Recognising these factors is essential for effective maintenance and highlights the importance of regular cleaning to reduce corrosion risks, especially in areas prone to these environmental challenges.

Effective Steps to Minimise Aluminium Corrosion

  • Before starting the cleaning process, remove watches, jewellery, and other valuable items to avoid scratching the aluminium surface.
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands, especially if you have sensitive skin or if you’re using any cleaning agents.
  • Prepare a solution of clean, warm, soapy water. This mild solution is usually sufficient for regular cleaning and is recommended by Alpine to avoid damage to the frame’s finish.
  • For extremely stubborn marks or residue, use commercial cleaners or solvents sparingly. Be aware that harsh chemicals can impact the finish of your frame, so use these only when necessary.
  • Use a non-abrasive sponge or soft cloth for washing the frame. The goal is to clean effectively without scratching or damaging the surface.
  • Rinse off any soap residue thoroughly, preferably using a fine spray setting on a hose or a gentle stream of water from a showerhead.

After rinsing, dry the frame with a non-abrasive cloth or chamois. This step helps to prevent water spots and contributes to a polished finish.

Regular Cleaning Schedule

Establish a regular cleaning routine to prevent the build-up of substances that can accelerate corrosion. This not only keeps the frames looking good but also preserves their structural integrity.

By understanding the importance of regular cleaning and maintenance, you can effectively manage and prevent aluminium corrosion in your shower screen frames. This care is crucial for maintaining both the aesthetic appeal and the functional longevity of your shower enclosure. Regular, gentle cleaning, using the right techniques and solutions, will ensure that your aluminium frames remain in excellent condition, free from corrosion and other damage.