Wednesday, February 29, 2012

With Proper Care & Maintenance, Custom Shower Doors Will Provide Years of Enjoyment!

Custom shower doors should provide years of enjoyment, beauty and functionality as well as increase the value of your home.

With the proper care and maintenance, your new enclosure will prove to be virtually worry-free. In addition to keeping the hardware clean, it is of equal importance to keep the glass clean. Glass that is neglected or ignored will accumulate water spots, which will eventually turn into mineral deposits.

The best way to keep the glass free of potentially damaging water spots is to squeegee the glass after every use. A routine of using a squeegee on a daily basis is a great habit to get into. It’s a minimal investment in time, and will save you a great deal of cleaning at a later date. 

Using a liquid surface protector to protect your glass is also a good idea. 

By following these simple guidelines you can greatly increase the life of your shower door glass. You have made an investment in your home by including an enclosure of the highest quality materials, so now take care of them! 

If you have any questions regarding these instructions, contact Lighthouse Shower Doors at 516-543-8672 or visit

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Check Out the CRL's Hydroslide Sliding Shower Door System

C.R. Laurence Co., Inc. Hydroslide Sliding Shower Door Kits were designed for full standing showers or above bathtub. The Hydroslide System can accommodate a wide range of shower designs with fixed glass panels on either end, or both sides at 90 or 180 degrees. 

Hydroslide is a frameless shower door kit and easy to install. It’s based off of a roller system to make the glass doors slide nice and easy. It’s a more European design with less metal and more glass. 

The glass doors can be any size you’d like, as long as they don’t exceed 88lbs. You can go from the floor all the way to the ceiling, in any shower enclosure with the glass shower doors. 

Check out the CR Laurence Hydroslide Sliding shower Door System video linked below for more information. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bathroom Cleaning Challenges

Considering the amount of use and abuse bathroom fixtures take each day, sink, showers, tubs and toilets deserve special cleaning attention. Thankfully, modern plumbing fixtures are designed to make the job of bathroom cleaning as easy as possible, since it’s not everyone’s favorite room to tidy up. 

From toothpaste dribbles to overspray from hair products, the lowly sink endures a daily barrage of dirt and grime. Keep it sparkling back at you with regular cleaning.  

Use all-purpose bathroom cleaner to remove light soil and film. For more hardened deposits, abrasive or soft-scrub cleaners may be used: they will be easy to rinse from ceramic (vitreous china) surface. Cleaners formulated with bleach will remove toothpaste dribbles and sanitize surfaces, too. Keep bathroom cleaning green by using homemade cleaners. They'll make your bathroom sparkle and shine without harsh chemicals — or a harsh price tag.

Clean the rim and fixtures with a disinfecting spray glass cleaner or all-purpose bathroom cleaner. Buff fixtures shiny and dry with a fresh cleaning cloth.

Soap scum, bath oil, hair products and body soil combine forces to assault the shining surface of the shower and tub, while tub rims, fixtures and faucets provide hiding places for moisture, mold and mildew. Put the job off and deposits harden and ossify, and mildew and mold take up residence in dark corners. Harness time and cleaning power to make short work of cleaning the shower and tub.

Before cleaning the rest of the bathroom, spray the tub area with a generous layer of all-purpose bathroom cleaner, and allow the product to stand while you clean elsewhere. The standing time helps the cleanser to dissolve oils and soap scum, so you'll need less elbow grease to remove it.

Use abrasive scrubbing pads to remove bathtub rings or deposits on shower floors. Tile brushes scrub tile grout and reach into cracks and corners, while the handle protects knuckles from accidental contact with the tub. A cleaning toothbrush does a quick job of removing buildup deposits around tub fixtures or faucet.

A detachable showerhead allows you to rinse off cleaner quickly and cleanly. If you don't have one, stock your cleaning tote with a removable rubber showerhead that attaches to the bathtub tap. Commonly used for shampooing hair or bathing pets, they're inexpensive and make it easier to rinse tub and shower walls after you clean.

For fiberglass showers and glass doors, use nonabrasive cleaners such as an all-purpose bathroom cleaner, pine oil or baking soda. Avoid abrasive cleaners or scrubbing pads because they may scratch or dull the finish. Cloudy glass shower doors may be cleaned with full-strength white vinegar or a commercial lime and scale remover. Use good ventilation and protect skin and clothing when using these products. 

Contact Lighthouse Shower Doors at 516-543-8672 for all your shower door needs including repairs, installation and design. More information can be found at

Friday, February 10, 2012

Top 8 Most Luxurious Showers

Are you looking to remodel your bathroom? For many homeowners, it’s out with the tub and in with the everyday luxury of a high-end shower.  Here are the Top 8 most luxurious showers, chosen by HGTV’s top designers. 

Make it Big: Luxury means being able to do yoga poses in your shower – at least for some it does! This shower not only is a large space but also offers a dramatic boulder rock for seating. Earth tones, textured tiles, natural light and a steam shower complete this soothing, masculine space. 

Step it Up: What’s a surefire way to create a shower that stands out? Elevate it! Beverly Hills interior designer Christopher Grubb framed this glass-enclosed shower with elegant stone steps. 

Go Frameless: To open up this corner space and give the shower a larger feel, designers opt for a frameless shower that allows enough space for his-and-hers shower heads. Polished nickel fixtures and sandy-toned porcelain tiles complete this simple-yet-elegant look.

Room with a View: The designer took advantage of this home’s lake view by placing a frameless glass shower in front of it! Earth tones, pebbles at your feet and natural lighting add to the attraction of this open space. High-end body sprayers with both hand-held and stationary shower-heads complete the spa effect. 

Sit Down and Stay Awhile: A stone or marble bench inside the shower creates the perfect place to relax and reflect. This steam shower has fully programmable shower controls and a niche for candles and accessories to complete the spa-like experience. 

Etch the Glass: Etched glass enclosures notch up that luxurious feel. Not only can you feel the texture of this lace-like design on both the inside and outside of the shower panels, you can also get a sense of movement under light. The best part: it’s naturally resistant to fingerprints and stains, which makes this product a top choice for high-traffic spaces like showers. 

Consider Casual: Luxury doesn’t have to be big or expensive. You can go casual with a river rock floor and slate and tumbled marble on the shower walls. The materials blend well wit the overall blue tones in the room. 

Double Down: This spacious shower features not only two shower-heads but also two shampoo niche’s and shaving benches. A chiseled stone mosaic in between the benches adds both textural and artistic interest. 

Contact Lighthouse Shower Doors to help with your shower renovation’s at 516-543-8672.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The CR Laurence Cottage Series Frameless Sliding Glass Shower Door

Shower door enclosures, especially the beautiful and functional CR Laurence enclosures, should provide years of enjoyment, as well as increase the value of your home. Choosing a shower enclosure can be overwhelming. Educating yourself on the different options in shower doors and their functions can make the process a lot easier.

The CR Laurence Cottage Series Frameless Sliding Glass Shower Doors are unique in that they utilize clear polycarbonate side jambs instead of traditional metal side jambs, thus providing more of the popular “all-glass” look. 

Bolt-through top hangers allow immediate fabrication and installation, with no waiting for messy adhesive to dry. Cottage Series Kits come in Brite Anodized; Brite Gold Anodized; Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze finishes, with additional finished available for special order. 

Take a look at this quick video explaining the value and benefits of choosing the CR Laurence Cottage Series Frameless Sliding Glass Shower Door. Let us know what you think by leaving your comment on our Facebook Wall, linked HERE.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Is Your Shower Suffering From Black Mold? And Your Wallet From Expensive Professionals? Check out what our readers have found...

Homeowners have been fighting mold for centuries. Medical research shows that mold causes depression, skin afflictions, allergies, asthma and chronic sinus infections among other illnesses. To get rid of reoccurring mold issues, consumers have always hired professionals, and a costly expense.

Black mold in bathrooms has been a serious problem and continues to cause struggles for homeowners everywhere. There’s a new solution to this problem, though! It’s an off-the-shelf product featuring a safe and effective option for dealing with black mold in kitchens and bathrooms in your home without the expense of hiring a professional service! 

Mold Menace “kills 99.96% of black mold around indoor plumbing fixtures, sinks, tubs and showers, while leaving behind a light, citrus scent. Mold Menace, an organic and natural mineral product is safe for use within the home and around children, pets and the elderly,” ( 

Black mold thrives in confined areas where there is moisture such as under sinks and toilets, along tile edges, and in tub shower doors. 

“While mold naturally occurs in the environment and is in the air we breathe, a buildup of black mold in an enclosed area, such as a kitchen or bathroom, poses real health risks because black mold is a known allergen and environmental hazard, according to medical reports,” ( 

Have you tried Mold Menace yet? Tell us about your experience on our Facebook Wall, linked HERE.