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Mountainview Home Owner Manual

 

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Acrylic Tubs & Showers

Acrylic tubs and showers require regular cleaning with a non-abrasive spray, cream based cleansing agent or dishwashing liquid. One must never use abrasive cleaners, scrapers, metal brushes, or any thing that could scratch or dull the surface. To add luster or remove fine scratches from acrylic products, they should be polished regularily with the manufacturer’s recommended product or a car wax may also be used. Grease, oil, paint and ink stains can be removed with rubbing alcohol or methyl hydrate available at most hardware stores.

Acrylic surfaces must not be allowed to come into contact with products such as acetone (nail polish remover), dry cleaning solutions, lacquer thinner or gasoline. Some oils, bubble baths, and other scented and therapeutic products may also damage the surface. Accidental scratches or water stains will rarely show, and if they do they can easily be removed with liquid automobile polish. If an acrylic unit does become damaged, a repair can generally be done. Mountainview can provide contact information for trades that do acrylic repairs.

Whirlpool piping and pumps require monthly cleaning with the manufacturer’s recommended cleanser or dishwashing liquid (2 tablespoons). The bathtub should be filled with hot water to two inches (5 cm) above the jets, the cleansing agent should be added, and the whirlpool system should be run for ten minutes. The bathtub should then be emptied and filled using cold water to two inches (5cm) above the jets. The whirlpool system should be run for ten minutes with the air controls off, then the tub should be drained.

Air massage systems require no specific maintenance. Twenty (20) minutes after an airtub has emptied, the dry cycle automatically starts and runs for 20 seconds to dry the jet covers. This cycle starts even if the air massage system was not used.

Shower doors should be cleaned with a squeegee after each shower to eliminate water spots on the inside of the glass panels. Clean the glass on a weekly basis with a clean, soft damp cloth or sponge and a mild detergent. Powder detergents and liquid abrasive cleaners may damage glass surfaces (Ajax, Comet, Tilex, Cerium Oxide, Hydrofluoric Acid, Phosphoric Acid, and cleaning products with scrubbing bubbles). Abrasive brushes, razor blades and other sharp objects may scratch the glass (Abrasive powders, Steel or Teflon pads, dirty or gritty rags). Dust can be removed with a soft, damp cloth. Grease, oil, paint and ink stains can be removed with rubbing alcohol or methyl hydrate available at most hardware stores. Shower door surfaces must not be allowed to come into contact with products such as acetone (nail polish remover), dry cleaning solutions, lacquer thinner or gasoline. Accidental scratches or water stains will rarely show, and if they do they can easily be removed with liquid automobile polish.

Shower doors made with tempered safety glass are much stronger than regular glass but may still break. In the event a tempered safety glass door breaks, it will break into many small pieces to minimize the damage that could occur with non-tempered glass.

Shower door hardware should be wiped down after every use. After a shower, use a dry towel to thoroughly dry the hardware. If the hardware is kept clean after every use, it will not collect mineral deposits that require the use of a mild soap solution (noted below). If you are unable to dry the hardware after each use, a weekly cleansing is suggested. Use a mild soap and warm water mixture. Mix a couple of drops of mild liquid soap into a cup of warm water. Using a soft, non-abrasive cloth, proceed to clean the hardware. After you've cleaned the hardware, rinse with clean warm water and dry. Never use an abrasive cleaner of any kind on the hardware. Many of the components are coated with a clear lacquer that will be irreparably damaged if subjected to harsh abrasive chemicals or scrubbing devices.

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