How Sneeze Guards Can COVID-Proof Your Business

This spring, our world changed almost overnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of how easily and quickly this illness spread, much of the nation, including North Carolina closed down, and daily activities like going to work, taking the kids to the playground, or going shopping all ground to a halt. In just a few months, 100,000 people lost their battle with this illness, but as the spread has slowed, we’re trying to get back to some semblance of normalcy. 

However, the risk is still there for contracting COVID-19 and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, and people who work in customer-facing jobs, like cashiers, receptionists, and pharmacy technicians, are still susceptible to not only getting sick, but to spreading it. Fortunately, there are simple ways to protect our frontline workers, and our glass installation company in Raleigh is breaking down how sneeze guards can COVID-proof your business. 

How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 primarily spreads through person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets. This could be a cough, sneeze, or even a laugh as these droplets are often microscopic yet still contain the virus. The virus, once airborne, can travel up to six feet from an infected person, which is why the CDC recommended the “six feet apart” guideline.

COVID-19 can also live on surfaces, so if someone who has it touches a surface, like a door handle or ink pen, someone else who touches that surface may then become infected. It’s important to note that transmission is less likely through this method and that the majority of cases are through direct contact with someone who is carrying the virus, whether or not they are symptomatic. 

COVID-19 Incubation

While people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or digestive problems, are generally self-isolating, often, these symptoms do not appear for up to 14 days after exposure. This means that someone is contagious and not know it for up to two weeks before they show symptoms, and in some cases, people may not show symptoms at all, or they are so mild they go unnoticed. 

Creating Barriers Through Sneeze Guards to Block COVID-19 Transmission

While maintaining a social distance of six feet can help slow or stop the spread, it’s not always possible to keep that space. For example,  at grocery stores checkouts, salon stations, and library computer areas, people often sit or work in close quarters. 

Fortunately, it’s possible to reduce risk and minimize transmission by creating barriers in which people can still communicate and interact without spreading illness. Glass partitions and glass sneeze guards are highly effective at creating an impenetrable barrier to respiratory droplets – that’s why they are used in buffets and food tables to block contamination. In spaces where it’s not feasible to maintain six feet of distance, these partitions keep people safe because they do not allow germs to pass through while still allowing people to communicate freely. 

Why Choose Glass Partitions?

Businesses and public locations who are re-opening are choosing to install glass partitions because it has several benefits over acrylic, wood, and other materials. 

  • Easy to install – Glass walls and partitions can be hung and installed quickly, making them ideal for creating full, floor-to-ceiling partitions or small windows
  • Easy to clean – Glass is completely non-porous, making it easy to clean and sanitize in between customers, patients, or other people. 
  • Highly durable – Tempered glass used in sneeze guards doesn’t scratch or etch, and are resistant to damage.
  • Customizable – For partitions between work spaces, opaque or tinted glass can be used, while transparent partitions can be installed for client-facing spaces. 

Industries and Locations Relying on Glass Sneeze Guards

You may have already seen that sneeze guards have been installed around customer service areas, but in order to keep people safe in all types of settings, glass partitions, sneeze guards, and “wellness walls” are being installed. This includes:

  • Co-working spaces where people often sit and work at long tables or closely situated desk areas.
  • Reception desks 
  • Cash register areas
  • Library computer areas 
  • Patient waiting rooms – whole “wellness pods” are creating single person waiting areas
  • Locker rooms 

Contact Glass Solutions for Your Custom Sneeze Guard in Raleigh

If you’re a business owner or want to make your public space safer for people to use, we can help. At Glass Solutions, we can work with you to design and install custom glass partitions and sneeze guards to minimize risk and instill confidence in both your employees and customers. While we understand that COVID-19 has made things challenging and stressful, we are dedicated to helping restore normalcy through safety.

Give us a call to schedule an appointment, or request a FREE estimate on services by filling out our contact form.

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How to Clean a Glass Shower Enclosure

Glass shower enclosure Raleigh residential glass Glass shower enclosures are a popular option in Raleigh homes because they’re modern, attractive, and require minimal upkeep. However, soap scum and hard water can turn your glass shower door cloudy instead of clear while mildew can collect around the framing. To restore the look of your shower, we’re sharing some effective tips to remove buildup and mildew while also providing some ways to keep it clean moving forward!

Removing Hard Water Stains from a Glass Shower Enclosure

If you have hard water, or water that is high in minerals like calcium and magnesium, you may have a chalky or white residue built up on your shower glass. To remove the stains, try one of these options:

Naturally Remove Hard Water Stains

Hard water is alkaline, so you need an acid to cut through them. Try spraying your glass shower enclosure with lemon juice or vinegar, letting it sit for five minutes, then wiping down the glass with paper towels.  This works best on widespread hard water that’s not too thick, such as in a frameless shower enclosure.

You may find that gently wiping down the glass with salt water before spraying with vinegar or lemon juice is more effective, and while it requires a bit more elbow grease, it’s a safe, natural option. 

Removing Thick Hard Water Buildup

A damp melamine sponge (commonly known as a “Magic Eraser”) can safely scrub away hard water without scratching the glass. For thick hard water buildup, moisten the sponge, dip it in a bit of baking soda, then use it to gently scrub or buff away the hard water without etching the glass. This method works best on hard water deposits that you may see in a framed shower enclosure. 

For the most difficult hard water stains, you may need to head to the hardware or home improvement store for a commercial paste cleaner that’s specifically designed to cut through hard water. Just make sure you use a soft cloth and follow the instructions to avoid leaving unattractive streaks or a hazy residue. 

Removing Soap Scum from a Glass Shower Enclosure

Soap scum is another by-product of hard water – soap combines with the minerals in water and creates a filmy, unattractive “scum.” on your glass shower doors. Like hard water, it’s not difficult to remove with these options: 

Remove Thin Amounts of Soap Scum

Like hard water, you need something that will cut through the substance. Spraying distilled white vinegar in your shower and letting it sit for five to ten minutes before wiping it off can remove mild buildup.

Removing Heavy Soap Scum Build Up 

For heavier soap scum, mix a cup of baking soda with a quarter-cup of white distilled vinegar to create a thick paste. After it stops fizzing and bubbling, use a microfiber towel, melamine sponge, or kitchen sponge to apply it to the glass shower enclosure. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it down with a microfiber towel and rinse with water. Take special care to where it may be thicker around framed or semi-frameless shower enclosures.

Cleaning Mold and Mildew from a Framed Shower Enclosure

Unlike frameless shower enclosures that have minimal structural framing, framed enclosures can collect unsightly mildew and mold. To effectively remove it and any staining from your shower, spray it with hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off.

If peroxide doesn’t work, spray the area with bleach and let it sit before wiping it off. However, if you’re using bleach, make sure you aren’t using any other products in the bathroom. Vinegar, ammonia, and peroxide can all react with bleach and create toxic, dangerous fumes. 

Keeping Your Glass Shower Enclosure Clean

Once you’ve got your shower looking brand new, you want to keep it that way! Avoid stains and build up with these methods: 

  • Running an exhaust fan will keep mold and mildew from growing in your shower.
  • Keep a squeegee in the bathroom and run it across your glass shower doors after every shower to prevent soap scum and water stains. You can also use a microfiber towel to dry the shower after each use. 
  • Apply a wax-based protective coating on your glass shower enclosure to prevent water and soap scum from actually connecting with the glass.
  • Clean your shower regularly with vinegar to avoid build up.

Contact Us for a New Glass Shower Enclosure in Your Raleigh Home!

If your shower is looking dated and dingy, and no amount of scrubbing is making it look clean, it may be time to refresh your bathroom! Our glass shower enclosures are pre-treated to ensure it’s resistant to mineral build up for easy maintenance and will look lovely for years! Reach out to us today at (919)772-1007 or fill out our contact form for a quote! 


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