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FAQ’s – EnduroShield Frequently Asked Questions

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GLASS TREATMENT – FAQ’S

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How to unlock the trigger sprayer on the EnduroShield spray bottles in the EnduroShield Home Kits?

Please click on the video below to see demonstration on how to unlock the trigger sprayer.

What is the best way to clean the shower glass once it has been treated with EnduroShield®?

To keep your glass shower door looking new, the glass needs to be cleaned each week using a damp microfiber cloth and a mild detergent to remove any soap scum, dirt or grime from the glass. Please refer to the list of acceptable cleaners to use on the protected surfaces found under the care instructions of the EnduroShield website:

What is the best way to clean a glass interior glass surfaces such as railings or windows once it has been treated with EnduroShield®?

For exterior glass surfaces such as railings and windows, clean as required using water and a mild detergent (such as washing up liquid). Wash the glass with a microfiber cloth, and dry with a good quality squeegee*. Alternatively, clean with a window cleaner and a cloth. For best results clean the glass in the shade to prevent streaking.

*Recommended squeegee brand is Ettore

Is a squeegee required to clean the glass after each use?
For interior glass such as showers a squeegee* is not required unless in hard water areas where a good quality squeegee* may be used daily to remove any mineral deposits.For exterior glass surfaces such as railings and windows it is not required however a good quality squeegee* is ideal to remove excess water after cleaning with a mild detergent and ensures a streak free finish.
How often does the glass need to be cleaned once EnduroShield® has been applied?
To keep your shower screen looking new, the glass needs to be cleaned weekly using a damp microfiber cloth and a mild detergent. For exterior glass surfaces such as railings and windows, clean as required using water and a mild detergent (such as dish washing liquid).
Will the coating crack, peel or discolour over time?
No the coating is only 2 molecules thick and is transparent. It will not crack or discolour over time. It is not like a lacquer or varnish.
Does the coating get attacked by common household chemicals?
Generally no, but the coating can be effected by strong acids and alkalis.
Will the surface become patchy if the coating is worn off in any way?
No. The coating is only two molecules thick and transparent, thus it does not change the appearance of the surface. If an abrasive was used, where the coating was worn away would not be visible. That area would, however, be harder to clean. The unprotected surface can be easily repaired by cleaning and re-spraying with EnduroShield. The molecules will bond directly to the untreated surface.
Can EnduroShield® be applied to existing glass, including old shower screens or bath enclosures?
Yes it can. EnduroShield after-market applicators can apply EnduroShield to new and existing glass surfaces. When applied, EnduroShield will prevent the glass from deteriorating and will make it much easier to maintain. In cases where the glass is permanently stained, the applicator may be able to restore the glass back to a near new condition using the EnduroShield® Restoration System.
How long will the coating last?

EnduroShield protective coating for glass has been awarded certification from TÜV Rheinland Germany for both durability and easy to clean functionality. The durability test was carried out to simulate a lifetime of 10 Years on interior and exterior use. A certified product is one that has passed extensive testing carried out by TÜV Rheinland Group, including safety and quality.

Can the coating be damaged?
Yes. Be careful not to use any rough, gritty, highly acidic, alkaline or abrasive cleaners such as cerium oxide as they may damage the protective coating. Cleaners like this damage or polish back the actual substrate of the surface.
What do I do if minerals build up on my glass?

For areas with hard water or bore water, due to a higher concentrate of mineral deposits such as lime and calcium, a build up may occur on the protective coating and may not be easily removed with a mild detergent. A solution of white vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 4 parts water) should be sprayed onto the glass and allowed to soak for several minutes. This will dissolve any mineral deposits that have built up on the glass surface. A damp microfiber cloth should then be used to wipe the over the glass.

Around the world there are some unique locations which have extremely harsh conditions. In these harshest of water environments, EnduroShield is a great choice. Simply put if you didn’t have the EnduroShield protection, your glass may have to be restored to bring back the clarity or even replaced. In some cases this staining can occur in less than 1 year. New Orleans, Louisiana and Perth, Western Australia are examples of cities with very high mineral concentrations.

Being so robust, the EnduroShield coating is a great option in these conditions. EnduroShield allows you to have great looking glass, but it takes a little more work due to these specific environmental conditions. In such environments minerals are so prevalent in the water that they can still create a build up on the EnduroShield coating, (it usually doesn’t damage the glass but can build up over time) and become difficult to remove. We recommended using the vinegar / water solution (listed above) every week or so as a cleaning option to reduce this build up on the surface, rather than allowing the build up to continue over a long period of time.

If I don’t clean my EnduroShield® treated shower after use, will there be water spots? In most cases, yes. Water repellent coatings will cause water to bead up into tall, distinct drops, similar to a freshly waxed car. The amount of drops left on the glass is dependent on the size of the drops themselves. Most often the top of the enclosure that has a fine mist spraying from one’s shoulders will have many very small drops, whereas on the bottom sections of the glass the majority of the water will fall off in thin, snaky lines, and a few water drops can be left behind.

Cleaning these drops from EnduroShield treated glass can be done by simply using a good quality squeegee* or microfiber after a shower. If the glass is not cleaned, minerals and soap scum can dry and bond to themselves, which because of the coating will wipe off easily.

It is important to note that glass unprotected by EnduroShield would begin to permanently etch and become damaged due to these water-borne minerals, whereas your treated door will resist etching with only minimal maintenance!

TILE & GROUT TREATMENT – FAQ’S

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How to unlock the trigger sprayer on the EnduroShield spray bottles in the EnduroShield Home Kits?

Please click on the video below to see demonstration on how to unlock the trigger sprayer.

What is the best way to clean the tiles and grout once they have been treated with EnduroShield®?

To keep your tiles and grout looking new, clean each week using a damp microfiber cloth and a mild detergent to remove any soap scum, dirt or grime from the tiled surface. If required to control mould, a solution of bleach and water (1 part bleach to 4 parts water) can be sprayed onto effected grout lines and left overnight.

How often do the tiles & grout need to be cleaned once EnduroShield® has been applied?

To keep your tiles and grout looking new, clean each week using a damp microfiber cloth and a mild detergent to remove any soap scum, dirt or grime from the tiled surface.

Will the coating crack, peel or discolour over time?

No the coating is only 2 molecules thick and is transparent. It will not crack or discolor over time. It is not like a lacquer or varnish.

Does the coating get attacked by chemicals?

Generally no, but the coating can be effected by strong acids and alkali’s.

Will the surface become patchy if the coating is worn off in any way?

No. The coating is only two molecules thick and transparent, thus it does not change the appearance of the surface. If an abrasive was used, where the coating was worn away would not be visible. That area would, however, be harder to clean. The unprotected surface can be easily repaired by cleaning and re-spraying with EnduroShield. The molecules will bond directly to the untreated surface.

Do I still need to seal the tiles after I have EnduroShield® applied?

No, the coating not only creates an easy to clean surface, but also a protective barrier to resist staining.

Can I have EnduroShield® applied over tiles that have already been sealed with a product?

No, the product needs to be applied to untreated tiles and grout in order to bond with the surface. Please ensure that no existing sealer remains before applying EnduroShield.

Can the coating be damaged?

Yes. Be careful not to use any rough, gritty, highly acidic, alkaline or abrasive cleaners such as cerium oxide as they may damage the protective coating. Cleaners like this damage or polish back the actual substrate of the surface.

Can EnduroShield® be applied to floor tiles?

Yes, testing has shown that the coating will not make the surface slippery. As the tile is sealed, and protected from water soaking into the surface, the water beads, and the conditions that cause slipperiness are reduced. Abrasion will limit the durability of the coating in high traffic areas.

STAINLESS STEEL TREATMENT – FAQ’S

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How to unlock the trigger sprayer on the EnduroShield spray bottles in the EnduroShield Home Kits?

Please click on the video below to see demonstration on how to unlock the trigger sprayer.

What is the best way to clean my stainless steel once it has been treated?

When cleaning the treated stainless steel be careful not to use any rough, gritty or abrasive cleaners as they may damage the coating. An all purpose cleaner, mild detergent or a damp microfiber cloth (recommended) is all that is needed to clean the surface.

How often should I clean the stainless steel once EnduroShield® has been applied?

A quick clean is recommended every one to two weeks depending on the exposure of surface that the coating has been applied to.

I live near the ocean. Do I have to do any special maintenance on my stainless steel?

When salt bearing water accumulates on stainless steel a corrosive condition occurs. This can result in rust-like deposits known as tea staining. Regularly washing the EnduroShield® protected surface with fresh, clean water and wiping with a microfiber cloth can control this condition.

My home uses bore water. Do I have to do any special maintenance on my stainless steel?

Bore water usually contains high concentrations of chloride. Accumulation of this water on stainless steel creates a corrosive condition. This can result in rust-like deposits known as tea staining. Regularly washing the EnduroShield® protected surface with deionized water and wiping with a microfiber cloth can control this condition.

Will the coating crack, peel or discolour over time?

No the coating is only 2 molecules thick and is transparent. It will not crack or discolor over time. It is not like a lacquer or varnish.

Does the coating get attacked by chemicals?

Generally no, but the coating can be effected by strong acids and alkali’s.

Will the surface become patchy if the coating is worn off in any way?
No. The coating is only two molecules thick and transparent, thus it does not change the appearance of the surface. If an abrasive was used, where the coating was worn away would not be visible. That area would, however, be harder to clean. The unprotected surface can be easily repaired by cleaning and re-spraying with EnduroShield. The molecules will bond directly to the untreated surface.
Can EnduroShield® be applied to existing stainless steel?

Can EnduroShield® be applied to existing stainless steel? Yes it can. EnduroShield after-market applicators can apply EnduroShield to new and existing stainless steel surfaces. When applied, EnduroShield will prevent the surface from deteriorating and will make it much easier to maintain. In cases where the stainless steel is permanently stained, the applicator may be able to restore it back to a near new condition before treating with EnduroShield®.

How can I remove the corrosion/tea staining from my existing stainless steel?

How can I remove the corrosion/tea staining from my existing stainless steel? For those areas that have existing corrosion/tea staining such that is found on BBQ’s that have been exposed to salt water, a restoration compound may be needed to restore the surface before the EnduroCleanTM pre-cleaner is used.

Does the area to be treated need to be masked?

No, the product is not corrosive and will not harm fixtures, frames or fittings. In fact, it will render the surfaces water repellent for a period of time.

Can the coating be damaged?

Yes. Be careful not to use any rough, gritty, highly acidic, alkaline or abrasive cleaners as they may damage the protective coating. Cleaners like this damage or polish back the actual substrate of the surface.

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