Ultra-Fine Products, Inc.
The Mr. Glass Story
Homes Leisure Living 6 Section 13D - Chicago Tribune, Saturday, August 12, 1979
Homemaker turns an idea into cleaner!
By Anne Douglas
FED UP with the film of industrial smog, pollutants, and household grime that had built up on the windows of her house over more than 20 years, Marion Landis of Cleveland decided there had to be a way to get it off.
She, like every homemaker, had tried all the glass- cleaning products made for home use, but still a grayish, dirty cast remained. Instead of wringing her hands or exchanging gripes with her friends, Mrs. Landis undertook the development of a new glass- cleaning compound herself.
To do this she sought out industrial chemists and experts in research departments with her idea. They didn’t dismiss her as “just a housewife with a crazy idea,” she said; they listened and offered advice. It boiled down to use of a mild abrasive, such as is used in industrial cleaning.
MRS. LANDIS developed her compound in her mixer on. The kitchen table, using trial and error over more than a year. Her aim was a mixture that would not contain ammonia or anything toxic, that would not leave a film of its own after use. and that would abrade the residue of particles that hid in the microscopic imperfections in the glass, leaving the grayish look she was trying to remove, without scratching or damaging the glass.
She quickly ran out of windows to experiment on, and became a familiar figure at the local wrecking companies, collecting broken glass from old windows that had been exposed to the elements for years.
The eventual result was Mr. Glass, and Mrs. Landis, who is the wife of a business consultant and the mother of a grown son and daughter, was in business for the first time. Although she had not worked for pay since her marriage, she had years of experience in volunteer work, which gave her the confidence to go ahead, she said.
SHE SET up a firm, Ultra-Fine Products, Inc., to market Mr. Glass. which is packaged in 12-ounce plastic bottles, and has taken to the road to show it to stores in the eastern half of the country, carrying some of her wrecking-company glass shards in her briefcase for demonstrations?
Among the stores that now carry Mr. Glass are Marshall Field & Co. and Forest City home improvement centers. It will do a lot more than clean windows, Mrs. Landis has found. She recommends it for shower doors and bathroom and kitchen tile as well. It is applied with a damp cloth or paper towel, and removed with a clean cloth or paper towel. What could be easier?