Cleaning Glass Shower Doors
Nothing like a nice hot shower to clear the cobwebs in the morning or decompress after a hard day.
You’re clean. Maybe even refreshed. But what about your glass shower door? You should give the shower door a good cleaning at least once a week (daily after the last use would be even better, but probably unrealistic). A nice and clean shower door can make your bathroom look great. A dirty one – not so much. Here are some tips on keeping the glass shower door clean.
What to Use
There are a few different cleaning solutions you can use and apply. Make sure the shower door is wet when you do so.
- Vinegar. In a spray bottle, mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and grease-fighting dish soap. Spray the shower door and let the solution settle and drip back for about 30 minutes. Then use a cloth to scrub the surface and dry it completely.
- Ammonia. In a spray bottle, mix one part of ammonia for every three parts of water. Mist the surface. While it is still wet, rub a course scrub brush to loosen the soap scum. Rinse the surface so that all the solution goes down the drain, and then dry it. Make sure you use rubber gloves and ventilate the bathroom while doing this.
- Borax or baking soda. Mix either with water to form a paste (you might also consider cutting a lemon and dipping the cut side into the baking soda to create a sudsy foam). Use a damp sponge to apply the paste on the shower door. Then rinse and dry completely.
Here are some other tips:
- Keep the spray bottle in plain sight in the shower so you don’t forget to use it.
- Shower with liquid soap or body wash as they are more diluted than bar soap and thus easier to clean.
- Oily products such as conditioners will require extra effort to clean.
- If you don’t thoroughly clean the shower door after every shower (and we don’t realistically expect you to) then at least dry it using a squeegee.
- When you dry the shower door, use a microfiber cloth. While you’re drying, you can use an old towel to dry the walls.
- Leave the door open to encourage airflow.
- To finish things off, use glass cleaner on the trim, towel hangers, etc.
- Do not ignore shower door tracks. Use a toothbrush to remove mold and trapped soap scum from the tracks.
- If you want to make things even easier install a water softener. This will reduce mineral build up not only on the shower door, but also in pipes, your faucets, dishwasher, washing machine and more.
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