Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors

Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors; Only clean your shower doors twice a year and have them sparkling clean all year long!? What’s the secret? Well let me tell you…

Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors

Only clean your shower doors twice a year and have them sparkling clean all year long!? What’s the secret? Well let me tell you…

Do you hate to clean your shower doors? Tired of filthy soap scum build-up? Love the look of frameless shower doors but are afraid that they will be too much work to keep clean? Fear not! this Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors is easy, fast, and keeps your shower doors beautifully see through with minimal effort for approximately 180 days.

In our house we have a lot of bathrooms, five total (I think you can understand why we have a cleaning service). We have three bathrooms that have showers, and two half baths. When we moved in, one of the bathrooms had just been renovated, and while the tub was an expensive imported soaking tub, the shower was not anything fancy. At all. A less than wonderful job was done to finish the shower with a short floor ledge, and no shower doors – not even a curtain pole!

The master bath had frameless doors, and Hubby and I liked that look. We decided to install a frameless door (and side wall between the shower and tub) in that supposedly “completed” shower.

While the measurements were being taken, I asked glass man how in the world we would keep the doors clean? I had noticed a soap build up starting on the shower doors in the master in the short time we had been living at the house, and the last thing I wanted to do was clean soap scum off of shower doors weekly (or daily). He told me about this “secret” product, and what to do to keep our shower doors sparkling clean year round with little effort!

In our master bathroom we had to clean the shower doors well. This meant vinegar. I cleaned both sides with straight vinegar, a damp rang, and then cleaned in a circular motion until they were beautifully clean. I then dried them thoroughly.

Well, anyone with glass shower doors knows this sparkling clean will not last long.

Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors

To make this sparking clean last, I applied Invisible Shield Surface Protectant in a wax-on-wax-off motion with a clean rag.

Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors

I allowed the Invisible Shield Surface Protectant to dry to a light haze.

Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors

I then flicked some water on the glass, and dried in a circular motion. I do this in sections.

That is it. Seriously.

Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors

Thereafter, whenever we take a shower we squeegee the water off the doors. In between showers? Sparkling shower doors and no soap scum! You know when the next application needs to be done when the water stops flowing off the doors in rivers. Basically you are just sqeegeeing remainder water off the doors, most of it flows off the doors on its own due to the Invisible Shield Surface Protectant.

We’ve been doing this for 8 years now. Since no one uses Sonny-boy’s shower anymore those shower doors don’t have to be cleaned very often. I’d say both shower doors have been cleaned a total of 25 times (when added together), and I am only on my second bottle of Invisible Shield Surface Protectant. Remember, Sonny-boy’s shower not only had the frameless doors, it has a side that is frameless glass too, so a bit more to it to clean than our shower doors, but it has been used far less than our shower.

Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors; Only clean your shower doors twice a year and have them sparkling clean all year long!? What’s the secret? Well let me tell you…

I cannot recommend the Invisible Shield Surface Protectant and a squeegee method enough. It really and truly is a simple, easy, completely painless way to have sparkling shower doors with minimal cleaning effort!

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Sewer Repair

Sewer Repair

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we had had water in our basement while away in Florida. While the plumbers were performing some plumbing-CSI, it was discovered we had an issue with our sanitary sewer line. After putting the camera down the line, and hitting… something, a decision was made to dig and see what was going to have to be replaced.

There were a few things Hubby and I cared about:

• Since the cost was in the dig, we wanted anything and everything repaired that needed to be fixed. We were not concerned about saving $100 in parts when digging up the lawn (and possibly gardens) was where we were spending the big-bucks.
• We wanted this done sooner rather than later. The last thing we wanted to end up with was raw sewage in the basement.

So, on May 2nd I called the plumbers and asked them to go ahead with any repairs.

Sewer Repair

Our (wonderful) irrigation company came right out, clipped some lines and saved the box. This was to save us money on repairing the sprinkler system.

Sewer Repair

The plumbers placed a “Call Before You Dig” so all the utilities would come out and mark their lines. The utilities have 5 days to head out and mark after a request is made, and the plumbers had 10 days to get the work done after placing the call. Since all our lines are underground (including electric, cable and telephone), this was most important!

Our front yard looked like a parade ground!

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Quickly became…

Sewer Repair


While down the hole, the plumbers visually looked at what was wrong, then sent the camera back down the line.

Basically, when the house was built in the 70s, they used concrete to hold the vent pipe in place. The concrete crushed the vent pipe. The plumbers claimed they had never seen anything quite like this, and speculated it happened immediately. While there was never a sewage back-up into the house, if the soil or rocks (broken concrete) shifted and blocked the sanitary sewer line, we could have had a back up.

Sewer Repair

The solution was this mission coupler. As I understand it, it connects the sanitary sewer and vent pipe. Now everything is up to current code!

Sewer Repair

After a short wait for the plumbing inspector (only inspector I’ve ever seen that doesn’t give an all day wait-window, and shows up within an hour!) the fill-in began.

Sewer Repair

Sewer Repair

The vent needed to be straight after filled, so they used a level and held it in place after the fill started.

Sewer Repair

After the backhoe did its work, the rest was filled in by hand. Apparently, we got a lot more dirt back in than normal, and the plumbers only had a little bit to haul away that wouldn’t fit back in the hole. I’m not that concerned, the landscapers will fix it. I have faith in them!

Sewer Repair

$3500 later, the repair is finished.

Honestly it could have been a whole lot worse. The town sewer department had come out and said our main was clear, and the plumbers cameraed from the vent line to the main and from the vent line to the house, and everything was clear. The trap was sound, and there were no other issues.

Sure, we could have let this go. After all, the house was built almost 40 years ago, and never had a raw sewage problem, but what if… A raw sewage back-up just wasn’t a chance we were willing to take, and I am glad we had this repaired.

Another unscheduled project crossed off our 2014 renovation list! The fun just never ends in the Ann’s Entitled Life household!

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The Best Cotton Sheets

The Best Cotton Sheets

The Best Cotton Sheets – what makes them the best cotton sheets, who manufacturers them, and why you should buy these cotton sheets instead of your current brand.

When Hubby and I were setting up the Florida condo, we did a lot of shopping. One of our earliest purchases was a new mattress and box spring so we could quit the hotel. I have been buying the sheets from the same manufacturer for years, but had yet to order as Hubby and I were undecided whether to buy a queen or king bed (we went with a king in Florida, but have a queen at home in New York). Since we needed sheets to use the newly delivered mattress, we ran over to Tuesday Morning and bought a $100, 600 thread count Egyptian cotton set.

Sheets are sheets, right? And a higher thread count means a better sheet, right? And Egyptian cotton, that is a safe bet, right?

Turns out all those assumptions were very wrong.

When we got back to the condo with our purchases, I immediately ran the sheets through the washer so we could use the bed. Nothing beats a nice, fresh, clean set of sheets at night!!

The next morning, Hubby complained the new sheets had pills. Well, since my side didn’t have pills, I ignored the complaint.

The next time I washed those sheets was on our return to the condo in January. Now, I am one that will use the same set of sheets F-O-R-E-V-E-R. I am not a good sheet folder (Hubby is), and so it is easier for me to just wash, dry, remake the bed with the same set.

After the second washing I put the sheets back on the bed. That night, I felt a few pills at my feet.

Now, I am not the Princess from the Princess and the Pea – far from it. Heck, I slept on the floor whenever possible from the time I was a little kid until I was 40. Hubby put the kibosh on that pretty darned quick. He was horrified that my ex-husband took the mattress set when we divorced, and I never replaced it. I slept on the floor. Because I liked to.

So, needless to say those few sheet-pills at my feet didn’t bother me too much. I just shifted around a bit to avoid them, and all was well.

By this time I had forgotten that these were the sheets from Tuesday Morning and not the brand of sheets we’d been buying for years.

After the third wash, I was extremely disappointed in my regular brand, ready to put out a nasty-gram expressing my angst in not-so-polite-terms. There were pills all the way up the sheets, and sleeping on them had become a tad uncomfortable, even for me!

“What happened!?” was all I could wonder.

About this time Hubby was putting on the louver doors in the second linen closet, and he emptied out the linens I had placed in there (so they’d be out of the way). Tripping over one of the boxes of those removed linens, guess what I found?

The good sheets.

Thankfully, I had never sent out that nasty-gram.

I immediately washed the good sheets, stripped the bed and then washed the Tuesday Morning sheets and had Hubby fold and pack them away as a spare (read: desperate) set (to be tossed as soon as I order another set).

So what are these good sheets?

Thomas Lee Sheets.

We have purchased the Thomas Lee PerfectCale sheets since I read about them online years ago, and decided to take a chance. I had become disgusted with what I was buying in the store, and didn’t want to pay the big bucks at Scandia Down. In my opinion sheets today aren’t the sheets you could purchase 20-30 years ago. Maybe they are no iron (which turns out is half the problem), but for the rest? The sheets today seem thinner, the pockets not as deep (ironic as beds are all pillow top these days), they shrink and pill and do all sorts of things that the sheet sets of yesteryear just didn’t do, which makes for a less than wonderful sleeping experience.

When I read all the glowing reviews about the Thomas Lee sheets, I figured they either paid a lot of people for good reviews, or they made an excellent product.

Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that they make an excellent product. The Thomas Lee sheets don’t shrink, pill, fade or thin-out. That first set I bought years ago is as good today as it was when I purchased it – probably better because it is even softer (or so it seems).

The American grown Pima Cotton used in Thomas Lee bed linens is actually better than Egyptian Cotton.

The best cotton sheets are made with single ply ring spun yarn.

The finer the yarn the finer the fabric. Ring spinning produces the only single ply yarn fine enough to manufacture a true 500 thread count bed sheet. Inferior quality bed sheets are made with faster and less costly yarn spinning technologies that have significant quality limitations.

Additionally, lower quality sheets are frequently made with plied yarns, where two to four strands of yarn are twisted, or plied, together to produce a single strand of yarn. Then the seller overstates the thread count. Most sheets claiming a thread count in excess of 500 threads per inch are made with plied yarns and have an actual thread count of ½ to ¼ of the claimed amount. This questionable practice results in not only a misleading overstatement of actual thread count, but creates a fabric made with lower quality yarn. The United States Federal Trade Commission has issued an opinion that this practice likely deceives consumers. In fact sheets that claim thread counts of 1000 are generally made with yarn that has been plied as many as 4 TIMES. The real thread count is actually 250.

The Thomas Lee sheets are full enough to cover the entire mattress without gymnastics. I just put on a corner, and then pull it down afterward. The end. No tugging, no pulling, so hoping the one corner will stay down as I run over to put another corner on the bed. They are a nice weight – not to thin, not to thick. We use them on our bed in New York State, and down in Florida.

Are they cheap? No, not really. But in the long run they are cheaper than buying thin, uncomfortable, less expensive sheets that I have to throw away. The coupon code FB110 seems to always take 10% off you order, which is nice. They offer free shipping on orders of $150+, and it takes about a week from the time I order until they arrive. They do offer a 90 day MBG if you are dissatisfied, or you can get a free swatch if you don’t want to tale the plunge.

They also carry bamboo sheets which I have never tried.

Unless they change something drastically, it is unlikely we will ever buy another brand; the Thomas Lee sheets are a great bang-for-the-buck. We learned our lesson after those horrible Tuesday Morning sheets, and bought only Thomas Lee sheets for the guest bedroom. I still need to buy a spare set for the master down in Florida, but will be doing that prior to our return.

Thomas Lee Buyer’s Guide.

Who manufacturers your favorite sheets?

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