How To Clean Glass Shower Doors
Enter The Shower With A Peace Of Mind
The shower is a place to escape the responsibilities and ties of everyday life. It’s a sanctuary of tranquility, warmth, and, self care. A glass shower door adds modern elegance to your bathroom, but like other bathroom fixtures exposed to moisture, unsightly grime and mineral deposits can build up. A dirty glass shower door can make an otherwise clean bathroom look dirty. And the last thing you want is a grimy glass shower door staring you down in your place of peace. With some readily available cleaning supplies and regular effort, you can cut down on the number of deep cleanings you have to do and keep your shower sparkling.
Pro Tip: Get your refillable 16oz. cleaning kit to have everything you need for a spotless shower door, and home. Simply drop two tablets into each of the reusable glass bottles, add water, and voila three plant based, non toxic cleaners without all the mess, plastic, or harsh chemical smells.
How Often To Clean Glass Shower Doors
A glass shower door is one of those items in your home that will really turn on you if you neglect it— you can either do a little maintenance every day or find yourself left with a big job after a few months.
If you’re keeping up with maintenance, you should only need to do a deep clean every month or so. But, if you find yourself forgetting to wipe down water every day, plan to clean your shower door at least every week to avoid buildup.
Hard water spots form when drops of water dry on the glass, and mold and mildew can grow in damp environments. The best way to keep you glass clean is to prevent water from drying on it in the first place. Keep a squeegee in the shower to wipe down the glass. A squeegee costs less than $20 and saves you lots of time and frustration down the road.
Plan to wipe down shower doors every night after the last person has bathed for the day or leave it in the shower and make it an expectation everyone in the family wipes down the door after every shower to keep it sparkling clean. To further prevent hard water spots and keep shower doors clean, leave the door open after a shower to help dry it out. Leave your shower door open and run the bathroom vent for at least 20 to 30 minutes after you shower. Doing these will help your shower air out and reduce the mildew-promoting moisture in the room.
Spray & Scrub Away
Soap scum should not be ignored. Soap scum is a substance made up of minerals and dirt which make layers on any surface and if not cleaned in a timely fashion can become harder like concrete. Which is why it is recommended to clean it on daily basis.
To tackle light soap scum, thoroughly cover the shower glass with all purpose cleaner, making sure not to forget corners and crevices. With a clean sponge or cloth, scrub the door clean, focusing on any stubborn soap scum that may remain.
If you’ve neglected your doors for a bit too long—it happens to the best of us—you may need to go through a few additional steps to get a clean door. Spray bathroom cleaner and allow it to sit on your door for about 20 or so minutes, or until you see it penetrate the soap scum. If the bathroom cleaner alone isn’t cutting it, spray a sponge with the cleaning solution and scrub your doors down. The sponge will acts as a gentle abrasive that can cut through grime. Rinse off the solution using fresh water and dry the glass with a microfiber cloth.
Add Some Shine
Once you’ve removed all the lingering scum from the doors, it’s time to add some sparkling shine. After all, the reason you picked a glass door over a shower curtain is for that extra-clean look and feel. Grab a bottle of glass cleaner and spray your door down, focusing on any lingering streaks. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe it clean.
Cleaning Shower Door Tracks
Unless you have frameless glass shower doors in the bathroom, you also need to clean shower-door tracks. Soap scum and grime build up in those metal tracks. These creases are a prime target for mold and trapped soap scum if you forget about them while cleaning shower doors. It’s easy to see, but can be hard to reach. Follow these quick and easy steps to ensure all corners are covered when cleaning your shower doors.
- Carefully spray down the tracks with bathroom cleaner
- Let it sit for 10 – 20 minutes.
- Use an old toothbrush to scrub away the soap scum and grime.
- Work a magic eraser over stubborn areas.
- Wet a sponge and wide down the track.
- Repeat as necessary.