Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How to Polish Your Car’s Windshield

When it comes to cleaning your car’s windows, sometimes the traditional soap and water scrub just doesn’t bring out the sparkle you’re looking for. That’s why you should polish your windows every once in a while. Not only will it keep them sparkly and smooth, but polishing your car’s windows, the windshield especially, keeps them very clean. 
Polishing your windshield actually buffs out the pitting and small dents caused from driving that can make seeing while driving difficult, so it’s actually something important to do for your safety, not just for looks.

To see if you need to polish your car’s windshield, place your hands in a large plastic back and runs your hands across the windshield. If the glass feels gritty and bumpy, almost like sandpaper, you’ll know it’s time to polish the windows. 

For this project, you’ll glass polish specifically made for cars. You can find this in any multi-purpose store, or better yet, a hardware store. You can also find the other items you need there, which are a glass-polishing disc and a high-speed polisher. Lastly, you will need a microfiber cloth. 

Make sure your polishing disk is dry before applying any product to it. Once you’ve made sure it’s dry, place a quarter-sized amount of polish onto the polishing disc and set the speed of the polisher to 1,000 rpm. 

Work on half of the windshield at a time to make sure you don’t miss any spots. Move the polisher up and down the glass, being careful to get every corner and crevice. Once you’ve cleaned one side of the windshield, move around to the other side of the car and polish the rest.

Repeat this step two times. By repeating the process, you’re working the polish into the glass, which will make your windshield incredibly smooth and clear. 

Once the polish has been worked into the glass, use your microfiber cloth to wipe away any excess residue. Then, examine the windshield from the inside AND the outside to make sure the glass is polished. If it isn’t completed to your liking, repeat this process again. 

Once you’ve completed the outside of your windshield, repeat the entire process on the inside. While it may seem like a lot of work, polishing the windows of your car is an important process, and it’s one many people neglect. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Why Glass Partitions Boosts Productivity in the Workplace

It’s no secret that when employees are happy in their workplace, they tend to be more productive in their jobs. That’s why companies are constantly looking for new ways to re-vamp their work space and create the ideal layout for optimal business. One of the best ways to do this is to create a semi-open floor plan while still maintaining personal privacy for employees. 

While there are a number of ways you could create this ideal floor plan, glass partitions are by far the best way to attain this goal, and for a number of reasons. 

Non-Claustrophobic Layout

Glass partitions are the perfect way to break up a workplace into individual work spaces without boxing employees into tiny areas. Often times, offices with lots of walls and private offices make workers feel as if they’re working in a stuffy, boxed in environment.  Glass creates a very different effect, establishing personal areas without a closed-in feeling. Even if you put glass partitions in every spot where regular walls once stood, the result will be one that employees will respond to. 

Better Lighting

Most people would agree that light has a direct effect on people’s emotions and moods. Even in small areas and tight spaces, studies show that workers are much happier if sunlight is able to steam through a nearby window. However, the only people who tend to benefit from these are, of course, people whose desks are near windows.

Glass partitioning opens up the office and allows sunlight to continue to stream throughout the work space without getting blocked or cut off by solid walls. More people will get to experience the shining sun and thus, tend to be happier and more productive. 

Not only does more sunlight lift people’s moods, but it will also save your company on lighting costs, as you won’t have to depend on electric lighting as much. 

Enhanced Communication

Already we’ve discussed that glass partitions allow people to feel more free and uplifted in their workspace, which in turn, makes them happier people. This, along with the fact that glass partitions give co-workers better access to each other, makes for better overall office communication. 

Giving co-workers the ability to see each other more during the work day is a great way to enhance communication between everyone in the office. They’ll be more likely to talk to each other and collaborate on ideas, which will no doubt increase productivity. Working on projects and presentations is much easier when a small piece of glass is your only barrier. It cuts down on walking aimlessly around the office, trying to find the person you’re looking for, and gives employees the ability to get information much faster from each other. 

Glass partitions also increase productivity because employers are more easily able to keep an eye on the office, making sure work is getting done. While employees may use walls and private offices as a way to get a little more privacy, there’s no question that everyone is more productive when they can be seen from all angles. 

With all the great reasons there are to get glass partitions in your company’s office, there’s no need to brainstorm any more. By making a simple change in the office with glass partitions, you can make a huge difference in your company’s productivity.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Entry System Installation by Santa Fe Glass

Santa Fe Glass is proud to offer affordable prices, friendly customer service, and a wide variety of commercial security products to our customers.

Whether you’re a Denver business owner looking to increase the security of your office and employees, or a home builder, contractor, or manager of commercial homes looking for high quality security products, Santa Fe Glass has everything you need.

 Some of the Denver commercial security products we offer include:

  • Entry System Sales and Installation
  • Door Hardware
  • Door Locks
  • Door Hinges
  • Metal Door Sales and Installation
  • Panic Hardware
  • Alarm Locks
  • Door Closers
  • Door Stops and Holders
  • Kick Plates
  • Deadlocks 
Let us help you complete your next job or project in Denver with our cost effective security solutions, including a new entry system, metal door, or a variety of door hardware, from hinges to locks.

Call Santa Fe Glass today at (303) 777-4491 to learn more about our entry systems, door hinges, metal doors, door hardware, and door locks.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The History Behind Santa Fe Glass

Santa Fe Glass was originally established in the early 1920s selling paint and glass. Carl Westerberg began his career and got his union initiation May 20, 1931 in Local 930 of Denver, Colorado Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators & Paperhangers of America. After working in the trade for 8 years, he and a partner Charles Adams decided to buy Santa Fe Glass from Luster Waggoner. On a cold December 30, 1939 morning in Evergreen, Colorado, Mr. Adams and Carl Westerberg agreed to purchase Santa Fe Glass from Mr. Waggoner for the total sum of $3,335.05 and upon placing a deposit of $60.00, they began their adventure of business ownership.

After 5 years in business together, Charles Adams decided to sell his shares of Santa Fe Glass to Carl Westerberg for a total of $2,000. On July 27, 1945, Carl Westerberg began his run at sole ownership and operation of Santa Fe Glass. The company, from its inception, was located at 262 S. Santa Fe Drive. This building made several changes and grew to fit the operation. Gary Westerberg, Carl’s son, began his career working for his father at the family business as a young man. Gary then officially started in the glass business at Harding Glass in Kansas City MO. Gary came to work full-time with his father at Santa Fe Glass in 1964.

Carl and Gary worked together operating the commercial and residential glass business until Carl’s failing health and subsequent death in 1975. Gary then took over as owner and ran the business. Through the years, Gary’s children worked in the family business, providing commercial and residential glass services, including custom glass, glass replacement, glass installation, and much more. Santa Fe Glass sponsored youth baseball in the Columbine area and even had a couple championship youth teams. In 1990, Gary’s oldest son Chris was tragically killed working on a ranch while enrolled in the Veterinary School at Colorado State University. In the next couple years with the recent family tragedy and mounting financial pressures, Gary made the decision to close Santa Fe Glass. Gary closed the doors in July 1993 after ensuring that all debts were paid and the company was left with a good name.

Craig started his career in public safety and Clint stayed in the glass business. After 14 years of Santa Fe Glass being closed, while on a trip to Ft. Collins to present the endowed Christopher Nels Westerberg Memorial Scholarship at Colorado State University, Craig and Clint made the decision to look into the possibility of re-opening Santa Fe Glass. Then in July of 2006, Craig and Clint Westerberg re-opened Santa Fe Glass with the same phone number that was established in the 1940s before the advent of 7 digit telephone dialing. (Spruce-4491) Now we can be reached at 303-777-4491. Our office, which is now our commercial and residential glass showroom, is located at an updated newer, larger facility just a few miles south of the old facility and a block off of Santa Fe on Quincy at 1920 W. Quincy Ave.