Whether you have lived in your home for years or are moving into a new place, the task of cleaning a cloudy, gunked-up glass shower door can be overwhelming. Aside from removing the entire door and putting in a new one, you just don't know where to begin. You have tried shower cleaner, glass cleaner and a handful of other products you found on store shelves but your door simply refuses to shine. What can you do?
Don't trash that door just yet! Soap scum and hard water cause most shower door grime. Learning the best ways to attack these two culprits will let you adore your shower once more.
Grab a can of good old-fashioned abrasive powder, such as you might use to clean your bar, pots and pans, or sink. Dampen a clean, soft cloth or rag, and sprinkle on the cleanser. Scrub an area of the glass from top to bottom, using a circular motion. Wipe away the excess with a clean, damp sponge, rinsing the sponge as necessary.
Erase Your Troubles
Follow up your scouring session with a firm wipe-down using a damp eraser sponge. Not only will this help remove shower door buildup, but this tool is also ideal for cleaning stained grout so you can tackle two chores at one time.
Hot White Cleaner
Put some plain white vinegar in a pot on the stove and bring it just to a boil. Carry the vinegar carefully to your shower and apply it to the glass door using a soft microfiber cloth. Bring on the elbow grease, and scrub the door using a non-scratch scrubber or sponge. Rinse away the vinegar and remaining stains.
Keep It Up
Once you have successfully shined your shower door, take steps to maintain its cleanliness. Once a day, wipe down the door using a squeegee or soft, clean towel. Removing the water this way also reduces the opportunity for soap scum and hard water to accumulate. Another trick many housekeepers use is to apply an automotive glass treatment that repels water. Spray this onto the clean glass, and wipe dry. This treatment should last for months.
When All Else Fails
Sometimes, hard water and soap scum actually scratch shower door glass, so no amount of cleaning will remove the white appearance. In these instances, your best bet may be replacing the door. Contact a glass installation professional, like those at Custom Glass Mirror Image LLC, to learn about your options as well as the cost and work involved.
And just think: now you know all the tricks to keeping your brand new glass shower door looking spotless for years to come!