Cleaning glass shower doors is always a daunting task, but that doesn’t you have to use powerful cleansers that have been made with bleach, ammonia and other tough chemicals. Without much hassle, you can effectively clean glass shower door and keep it spotless with these five solutions, products, and tips.
1. Squeegee After Every Use
This is the most effective and sure way to keep a clean and sparkling glass shower, but it’s also very demanding. It might not necessarily demand a lot of time, but it demands you and everybody at home into adopting a new daily habit. If you are up for this challenge, there are effective shower squeegees that are available.
The best part about daily cleaning is that you won’t need to do a deep cleaning of the glass shower doors as often, and your glass will sparkle every day.
2. Using Vinegar And Bathroom Cleaners To Clean Soap Scum
With these tried-and-tested solutions, you might not need to do a lot of scrubbing to get rid of the dried filth that mars your vision when the glass shower door is closed.
Vinegar- though it really stinks, vinegar will truly get rid of the streaks. Just grab a sponge and soak it for a few minutes in undiluted white vinegar. Keep the door moist for around 4-5 minutes and then rinse it off with some warm water. After several showers, the strong smell of vinegar will disappear.
All-purpose bathroom cleaner- This is another option that will do the trick. It might take some time because it’s a one-size-fits-all product. This YouTube video will help explain how to effectively use an all-purpose bathroom cleaner.
You can also purchase a bathroom cleaner that is made to remove scum. Most of them are fairly easy-to-use and won’t cause irritation to your eyes and sinuses like vinegar.
After removing the gunk, consider replacing your bar soap with liquid soap as bar soap contains talc as a component; talc is the number one cause of scum.
3. Using Hydrogen Peroxide To Clean Mildew And Mold
Scum looks ugly especially on glass shower door. Although they’re not as dangerous as mildew and mold, the two can make your shiny glass shower door seem dull and unappealing. Any cleaning done on glass doors should take into consideration this pair of troublemakers as they can cause some complications.
This pair, belonging to the fungus family, can come in different colors: Green, black, or pink. Prolonged exposure to these fungi can get you sick.
Vinegar will not help to remove these fungi and thus you’ll need to use a water-based solution of either hydrogen peroxide or bleach. However, you shouldn’t mix the two with other cleaners, like vinegar, as this will create some chemical reaction.
Simply sprinkle it at the mold with a spray bottle. You’ll need to spritz the area infested with fungi for several days if they’re in large amount.
Note: If the mildew starts to adhere to the waterproof seal, you might be forced to replace the caulk.
4. Using Car Wax And Vinegar To Remove Water Spots
Water spots are caused by hard water. Hard water contains minerals that crystallize on the surfaces of your track where the shower door resides. If this occurs, you can rely on vinegar to do the trick for you. However, you won’t require going full-strength on this task; half vinegar solution and half water will just work fine.
Soak a sponge in this solution for some minutes. Keep your shower door moist for four minutes before cleaning it with the sponge you had soaked in the vinegar-water solution. Rinse it off with some warm water. The pungent smell of the vinegar will disappear after several shower sessions.
To prevent the mineral from crystallizing on the surface and glass door, consider rubbing some clear wax on them. However, avoid applying it on the floor of the tub or shower. More than 6,000 individuals slip in their bath every year.
5. Using A Dryer Sheet
You can get a dryer sheet from a laundry room. Get it lightly moist, and then use it to scrub your glass shower door. It doesn’t call for any expertise; just a little effort, and it will do the trick! The same ingredients responsible for softening your fabrics will soften the soap scum and lift if off the glass.
How To Prevent Soap Scum From Recurring
Once you have cleaned the soap scum from your glass door and surface and made them sparkle, there are several things you can consider making it last longer. After all, no one wants to do the cleaning all the time.
The idea behind preventing soap scum and hard water spots from building up is to make it impossible for water minerals and soap to stick to the surface. Several products have been designed to draw off water from the surfaces. A good example of such is the Teflon shower.
Other examples of products that can shield the buildup of soap scums and water spots are Water Armor and Rain-X; both of which are used in the automobile field to repel water off the windshields. Although they weren’t created for bathroom use, they work fine; they can do the same task for glass-walled showers and showers with glass doors.
You’ll just need to spray the product on the already cleaned glass door and reapply every 3-4 weeks. However, avoid spraying it on metal, tile, and on the floor. When using these products, ensure that you wear protective gloves to protect your skin against these chemicals.
This YouTube video will help explain how to use Rain-X
Also, you need to ban the use of bar soap. If you want to reduce the amount of soap scum on your glass shower door without eliminating showers, replace the bar soap with liquid soap. This is because; almost all bar soaps has talc as one of its components, which causes the buildup.
Therefore, consider switching to liquid soap or non-talc-containing bar soap. Of course, you’ll be required to carry out some regular maintenance and cleaning once in a while, but it won’t be as much.
With the above five ways of how to clean glass shower door, it’ll now be easier to get rid of filth that prevents your glass door from reflecting. Try the homemade solutions such as vinegar and car wax before applying the advanced products.