According to Australian regulations, all pools need to be fenced as a safety precaution, especially for kids and pets. Typical fences look old-fashioned, which is why Australians are opting for glass fencing due to its beautiful aesthetic.
A glass pool fence will offer an unobstructed view of your pool and add to the stunning view of your backyard. However, the biggest concern for pool owners is cleaning the fence. Glass gets dirty easily, which makes cleaning a regular task. Luckily with a few tips, you can keep glass fence looking clean and clear all year round.
i. Skip glass cleaners
There are hundreds of glass cleaning products on the market, but most of these do more harm than good. For example, bleach-based cleaners will etch your glass or leave residue on your fence. It would help if you also avoided glass cleaners that contain phosphoric or hydrofluoric acid as they will corrode the surface.
Instead, use liquid soap, warm water and a sponge to clean your fence. Rinse with clean water and allow it air dry or use a clean washcloth to dry. Be sure to clean after every six months and don't forget to clean any animal droppings as they are erosive.
Once you're done cleaning with warm soapy water, hose down the glass to remove any chemical residue, then use a squeegee to remove the excess water without leaving water spots or streaking.
The use of water, a sponge and non-abrasive dish soap has proven to be effective in cleaning glass fences regardless of the type of glass used. You can also use distilled white vinegar instead of dish soap. This is because distilled white vinegar has better cleaning abilities compared to dish soap.
ii. Apply glass protective coating
Request for a protective coating from your glass fence vendor to prevent the build-up of condensation and dust. This will help protect your glass fence and keep it clean for longer. The coating is transparent; thus, no one will notice it's even there. It will reduce your cleaning time by close to 90%, and you can remove it without leaving any residue.
iii. Regularly clean your fence
Depending on how dirty your glass fence is, you can clean it after every few months. If your fence gets dirty easily, then you might want to increase the frequency of cleaning. Also, use glass treatment products to prevent chlorine and salt staining.
The glass fence will help safeguard your family by ensuring that pets and little children don't fall into the pool. Cleaning and maintaining the fence will ensure that you enjoy the benefits for longer. Speak with a fencing contractor for more information.