Glass shower doors can be a beautiful addition to any bathroom, but they can also be a pain to clean. If not cleaned properly, soap scum and hard water stains can build up and make it difficult to see through the glass. And then it just feels like the beautiful upgrade in your sacred space was for nothing.
In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to clean glass shower doors and keep them looking shiny and new!
How To Clean Glass Shower Doors: The Basics
There are many ways to clean a glass shower door so that you don’t feel like you are washing in a dirty glass box. You can use products with chemicals or without, depending on your preference.
Of course, there are several specialized products on the market like CLR or Lime-A-Way that are made specifically for removing hard water stains. But you can also use some common household items to get the job done.
We’ll get into your choice of products in a minute. For now, let’s talk about the fundamentals of getting that glass door clean.
Cleaning glass shower doors is not difficult, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind to avoid scratching the glass or otherwise damaging the door.
First, always use a soft cloth when cleaning glass. A microfiber cloth is ideal because it’s gentle and won’t scratch the glass. You’d be surprised how easy it is to scratch glass when you’re scrubbing away at those water stains.
Second, be sure to rinse the glass after using any cleaning solution. This will help remove any residue that could potentially cause streaking. Trust me, the last thing you want to do is clean that door to perfection (you think!), and realize you forgot to do one of the most basic things like rinsing all that muck down the drain.
Finally, avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on glass shower doors. These can damage the coating and make the door more susceptible to scratches. Some harsh chemicals that can damage the coating of a glass door are Comet and Ajax. They will certainly get those water stains off the door, but at what cost long term?
What About Cleaning The Tracks?
The tracks of glass shower doors can be difficult to clean because they are often overlooked. But, if you don’t keep them clean, they will become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Not only is this unsightly, but it can also lead to health problems if not addressed quickly.
To clean the tracks of your glass shower door, start by removing any buildup of soap scum or other debris. A toothbrush can be helpful for getting into those hard-to-reach places. Once the tracks are free of debris, you can then use a cleaning solution to remove any remaining dirt or grime.
There are a number of different products you can use to clean the tracks of your glass shower door. White vinegar is a great option because it’s natural and won’t damage the finish on your door. You can also use a commercial cleaner such as 409 or Clorox wipes.
Once you’ve chosen your cleaning solution, simply apply it to the tracks and scrub away. Be sure to rinse the tracks thoroughly when you’re finished to remove any residue.
You can also use a dryer sheet to clean the tracks of your glass shower door. Just rub the dryer sheet along the tracks and they will be clean in no time!
Do You Need To Remove The Doors To Better Clean The Tracks?
You may need to remove the glass shower doors to properly clean the tracks. This is especially true if the tracks are very dirty or if you’re having difficulty getting them clean. To avoid this in the first place, be sure to practice regular cleaning so that removing the doors won’t be a frequent occurrence.
To remove the glass shower door, start by disconnecting any hardware that is holding the door in place. This may include screws, brackets, or clips. Once the hardware is removed, you can then lift the door off of the tracks.
Be sure to exercise caution when removing glass shower doors. They are heavy and can be difficult to handle. It’s always a good idea to have someone help you with this task.
Once the glass shower door is removed, you can then clean the tracks. Be sure to use a mild cleaning solution and scrub away any dirt or grime. Again, rinse the tracks thoroughly when you’re finished.
You can then reattach the glass shower door by reversing the steps you took to remove it. Be sure to exercise caution when handling the glass door.
What Is The Best Cleaner For Glass Shower Door Hardware?
The best cleaner for glass shower door hardware is a simple mixture of mild soap and water solution. You can also use white vinegar or a commercial glass cleaner if you prefer. Just avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasives, as these can damage the finish on the hardware.
To clean the glass shower door hardware, simply apply your chosen cleaning solution to a soft cloth and wipe down the hardware. Be sure to rinse the hardware thoroughly when you’re finished to remove any residue.
How Do I Keep Soap Scum From Building Up On The Glass Shower Door?
One of the best ways to keep soap scum from building up on glass shower doors is to use a squeegee after each shower. This will help remove any water or soap residue that could lead to soap scum. You can also use a glass shower door cleaner on a regular basis to help prevent soap scum buildup.
Another way to keep soap scum from building up on glass shower doors is to apply a coat of Rain-X. This will create a barrier that will repel water and soap, making it much harder for soap scum to cling to the glass. You can find Rain-X at most auto parts stores. I know it sounds silly, but that’s what Rain-X is made for!
What Kind Of Products Are Available To Clean My Glass Shower Doors?
There are many different kinds of products that you can choose from to keep your glass shower doors clean for years to come. I’ve heard many people suggest using steel wool, bleach, or even WD40. Please, don’t do that. These products will damage the glass and leave you with a bigger mess to clean up.
Instead, opt for a glass shower door cleaner that is specifically designed for this task. There are many different brands available, so feel free to experiment until you find one that you like. I personally prefer a glass shower door cleaner that contains citric acid, as this seems to work the best for me.
Another option that we’ve briefly touched on is to use vinegar. You most likely have some lying around and it’s a great glass shower door cleaner. Just be sure to use white vinegar, as the other kind can leave streaks.
To clean your glass shower doors with vinegar, simply mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Then, apply the solution to your glass shower doors and wipe away any dirt or grime. Be sure to rinse the doors thoroughly when you’re finished.
Lemon juice is another great glass shower door cleaner. The acidity in lemon juice will help remove any soap scum or hard water stains that might be present on your glass shower doors.
Baking soda is another household item that can take care of the gunk on your shower door. Simply make a paste of baking soda and water, apply it to the glass, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub away. Rinse the glass door thoroughly when you’re finished.
Cleaning a glass shower door doesn’t need to become a big hassle and eat away on your Saturday morning. If you keep up with it and clean it regularly, you can avoid any big issues and prolong the life of your glass shower door. Be sure to experiment with different glass shower door cleaners until you find one that you like best.
And do yourself a favor…stay away from the steel wool and WD40!