Glass Shower Maintenance Tips
Adding a glass shower or shower doors to your bathroom is a wonderful way to add style and beauty to the room, but when the glass is dirty or covered in soap scum, even the most elegant shower can be an eyesore. While there are a number of products that are great for cleaning glass, tiles, and the metal accessories found in most showers, we thought it would be nice to help our customers keep their showers clean by offering some tips and tricks that we've picked up on shower maintenance over the years.
Using Common Household Products
- Cleaning Your Shower With Vinegar:
- Did you know that while some cleaning products can kill bacteria and remove soap scum from your shower, not all of them will get rid of mold? Cleaning with distilled white vinegar is a great way to ensure your shower is left mold free. Using a rag, just wipe down the shower glass, door, and hardware with undiluted white vinegar to eradicate mold and mildew.
- Cleaning Shower Glass With Vinegar:
- White vinegar also works wonders removing scum from the glass walls and shower doors. If the glass is dry, wet it using regular water and then take a small squeegee and clear the water from the glass. After that, use a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar and cover the area you wish to clean. Now just spray it clean with regular water to remove hard water deposits and minimize their chance to stain the glass.
- Removing Tough Stains With Baking Soda:
- Use baking soda with a little tap water to make a "runny paste" and apply it on a cleaning cloth or sponge. Use this concoction along with some elbow grease to remove tough hard water stains and other grime including mildew buildups on faucets and on tile.
In addition to products you can usually find lying around the home, there are also some interesting commercial products available that work well... even if they weren't intended to clean a shower:
Using "Other" Products
- Pre-Cleaning With Bounce Fabric Softener:
- Believe it or not, Bounce Brand, and other fabric softener can also remove soft soap scum build-up and even loosen other stains and build up that would otherwise be hard to remove. Take a sheet of fabric softener to the dry glass and scrub. This will loosen tough buildup and remove the lighter stains. Then take some tap water and your trusty squeegee or even the vinegar solution explained above.
- WD-40 Does That Too?
- WD-40 is man's best friend. It scores right up there with action movies, duct tape, and bacon, but did you know that you can also use it to clean the glass in your shower? Christine Argier, an eHow contributing writer advises to use it for cleaning your shower doors. She says to spray generously on the inside and outside of the door and you can spray both dry and wet glass. Wipe it away with a clean dry towel to remove dirt, soap scum, calcium deposits and more. Read her full article here.