When you have a nice glass shower door or enclosure, inevitably you want to keep it clean and looking good. Unfortunately it’s not as simple as dirt washing away with each use. Stubborn sears, smudges and stains can be tricky to remove. Fortunately it doesn’t have to be that way with these simple tips you can revitalize your tired looking shower door/enclosure, bringing it back to its former glory.
Simple Home Remedies
Common household products such as vinegar and baking soda are effective cleaners for keeping your shower enclosure looking beautiful. Try 1 cup of baking soda with equal parts water and mix into a thick paste. Scrub with a non-abrasive sponge then wash down with a mixture of vinegar and water. This combination will help fight against smears, kill germs and help prevent scum from forming.
Treat Your Shower Glass
There’s a never-ending stream of shampoo, shower gel, hard water, body oils and other fluids which can all lead to the buildup of smears, smudges and cloudy looking glass. It’s a never-ending battle, once your glass is clean it’s only a matter of time before the scum and grime forms again; but there is an easier way.
Perhaps the easiest and least hassle option is treating your glass. Just as saucepans are coated to prevent sticking, a similar principle can be applied to shower glass too. There are several products on the market which provide this. These products act as an ultra-thin layer over your glass which repels dirt and scum build up, protecting against staining. Enduro-shield for example provides such benefits for up to 10 years and beyond, from one application.
Wipe Down After Showering
One of the biggest problems to keeping your shower door clean is mineral deposits in water especially in hard water areas. Wiping the glass down after use doesn’t give the deposits enough time to dry on, helping to keep the glass stain free.
The key here is to wipe the shower dry, not leave it to dry on its own.
It might seem like effort, but it takes only a few seconds and once you get into the habit of it, you won’t think much of it. Of course you can wait until the whole family is showered before wiping away the water droplets.
Ventilate the bathroom and leave the shower door open to allow air to circulate, this will allow the glass to dry quicker, leaving less time for mold growth.
Avoid Bar Soap
Many bar soaps contain talc which is responsible for much of the soap scum you might see on your shower glass. Switching to talc free or liquid soap can help in attempting to keep your enclosure looking clean and nice to look at.
So there you have it 5 ways you can keep your shower door or enclosure looking as good as the day you bought it!
About the Author
Eastern Glass & Shower Door have been designing and installing shower doors and enclosures throughout Connecticut since 1988.