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Crystal Clear: A Blog About The Wonderful World Of Glass

I first fell in love with glass when I was ten years old. My mother took me to see a wonderful recital where the pianist was playing a glass piano. I was mesmerised by the way the piano shone and sparkled as it reflected the stage lights. I could never have imagined such a glamorous object. Ever since then, i have been fascinated by different types of glass. From stained glass panels to one-way mirrors, my eyes will always notice the glass fixtures in a room first. Recently, I ate at a restaurant in Japan where the entire floor was made of patterned glass. Needless to say, I was too excited to eat! This blog is for those who are looking for glass items and glass lovers like myself. I hope it gives you a peek into the wonderful world of glass and the options out there. Please tread carefully.


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What to Do, and What to Avoid, When You Need Emergency Glass Repair

by Ellen Jokinen

When there is a broken window or patio door wall at home or a broken pane of glass at the front of your commercial building, you want to call for emergency glass repair at once. This will ensure the glass is replaced as quickly as possible so your home or store is secure. While most emergency glass repair companies can come to your location within hours, even in the middle of the night, you want to know what to do in the meantime and especially if you have a very long wait. Note a few important tips to consider.

1. Clean up the area

While you want to clean up any shattered glass in the area, you also don't want to create even more risk of injury while doing this. Use a stiff-bristled broom that won't make the glass airborne but will firmly push the broken glass into a pile. Use short strokes as you sweep broken glass with a broom. Note that even after you clean up the larger pieces, small shards of glass will probably still remain. If you have a sturdy vacuum with a canister you can probably vacuum these up without damaging it, or use a shop vacuum in a commercial setting.

Even after this cleaning, be sure you mark off the area and don't allow anyone, including pets at home, near the broken glass or the area of the breakage. Remember that more pieces could come tumbling out of the window frame or door frame, creating an additional hazard.

2. Leave intact shards alone

As you do clean up the area, avoid trying to pull shards of glass out of the frame of the door or window. These can be sharper than you realize, and pulling out large shards can mean not giving support to those smaller pieces. Not only might you injure yourself but this can also cause that falling glass mentioned above. Leave this work to the glass replacement company rather than thinking you're helping them out by removing glass from the door or window frame.

3. Secure the entryway

If you're worried about intruders, secure the entryway or window with a piece of paneling or plywood. Remember that cardboard won't keep out anyone and only protects you from the elements. You can screw the plywood into the wall around the door or window and then, once it's repaired, unscrew the plywood and fill in the holes with putty and paint over them. This may seem like an inconvenience but it can be worth it to keep your home or business secure overnight, if an emergency glass repair company cannot get to your location any sooner.