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Glass Shower Doors Cleaning Guide

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Glass Shower Doors Cleaning Guide

As far as household chores go, cleaning the bathroom is the bane of all jobs. Because of its nearly constant use, keeping it spotless is pretty hard. Adding to the pain-factor, getting rid of the scum and spots on a glass shower door is a contributing sore-spot.


Not to worry. We can make this a bit easier. You’re going to get a little work-out, but its well worth it when you see the shine left behind. Below, you'll learn the how to clean glass shower doors in the most effective ways.

  1. 1.How-to Clean Soap Scum on Shower Doors

    You may not need to do a heck of a lot of scrubbing. Here are some tried-and-true ways you can get rid of the dried glop that has marred your vision when the glass door is closed.


      • Vinegar will truly do the trick. The major issue is that it really stinks. To get rid of the streaks, grab a sponge and soak it in some undiluted white vinegar. Keep the door soaked for around 4-minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. After a few showers the pungent smell of vinegar will disappear.


      • An all-purpose bathroom cleaner is always an option. This will take some work because of the way the product is designed. It’s a one-size-fits-all solution.


      • Purchase a bathroom cleaner that’s specifically made to remove scum. Most of these solutions are fairly easy-to-use and won’t burn your sinuses and eyes like vinegar.


      • After you’ve removed the slime, consider changing from bar soap to liquid soap. Bar soap has talc as a component. That’s what created the scum to begin with.

  2. 2.How-to Clean Mold and Mildew on Shower Doors

    Scum on a glass shower door is ugly. It’s not dangerous like mold and mildew, though. Nonetheless, this pair of troublemakers can find their way into the track where the glass door resides. Any cleaning in this area needs to take into account the pair of potential problems. These members of the fungus family can come in a variety of colors: Black, green or pink. Left unchecked, you could get sick from being exposed to these fungi.


    Vinegar is no help in trying to get rid of these problems. You’re going to need to use a water-based solution of either bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Just make sure you don’t mix this with other cleaners, like vinegar – you don’t want to create some type of chemical reaction by combining the two.


    You’re not going to need to scrub this on, simply spritz it at the mold with a spray bottle. For particularly larger infestations, you’re going to want to do this a few times to rid your shower of the fungi.


    Important: If the mildew begins to adhere to the caulk you might have a bigger problem that requires replacing said caulk.

  3. 3.How-to Clean Water Spots on Shower Doors

    Do you have hard water? Then you are plagued with water spots. Because of the minerals in hard water, flat, crystallized drops remain. This is another time vinegar should get called-in. You won’t have to go full-strength on this chore. A half-water and half-vinegar solution works just as well. Also, use the same technique as you would to remove the scum. Leave the area wet with the stuff for a few minutes then rinse it off.


    Want to keep these mineral deposits from returning? Try rubbing some clear car wax on the surface.


    A final note if you decide to take this preventative suggestion, don’t get any on the floor of the shower or tub. Upwards of 50-thousand people slip in their bath every year.

  4. 4.Get Help!

    If you need professional help to clean your shower doors, find a local house cleaner. Each of our Pros is background-checked, licensed, insured, and fully bonded so you can hire with confidence.

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