Shower door maintenance

CLEANING TIPS

Use a shower squeegee to clean glass doors after showering to help prevent water spots. To avoid soap deposits or lime buildup in hard water areas, wipe the door dry after each use. Never use bristle brushes, abrasive sponges, or sharp instruments on the glass panels or anodized aluminum. They can scratch some glass and metal surfaces. Keep shower doors and enclosures open so that air can circulate to reduce mildew growth.

How to Clean Shower Doors with Vinegar

For a homemade, soap scum-slaying cleaner, mix distilled white vinegar (heated first) with grease-cutting dish detergent, such as Dawn, in equal proportions. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray it on the front and back of the doors. Let the mixture stand for about 30 minutes or until it has cut through the grime. Rinse off the solution using fresh water and a damp sponge, and dry the glass with a microfiber cloth. This vinegar and dish soap solution works for most showers, but use caution when cleaning shower doors with vinegar. If your shower is made of stone, the vinegar could damage it. Instead, mix some liquid soap with baking soda until it’s the consistency of frosting. Scrub this eco-friendly cleaner onto the glass shower door with a non scratch sponge.

How to Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean

Hard water spots form when drops of water dry on the glass, and mold and mildew can grow in damp environments. To keep glass shower doors clean and grime-free, prevention is key. The best thing you can do is squeegee the door after each use. Keep one hanging in your shower to make it easy, and remind family members to do it after each time they shower. It’ll help keep hard-water deposits from building up, so you won’t have to scrub so much later. Leaving the door open after a shower will also help dry it out. To further prevent hard water spots, spray the shower doors with a water repellent spray, such as Rain-X, or consider installing a water softener to reduce mineral buildup.

How Often to Clean Your Shower

If you keep up with regular light maintenance, you should only have to deep clean every few weeks. Here’s a good shower cleaning schedule to follow for the above tasks:

Every day: After using the shower, you should squeegee, use your DIY spray cleaner, and leave the door open to air out.

Weekly: Give your whole shower a wipe down once a week with a sponge or Magic Eraser.

Once a month: It’s time for a deep clean. Thoroughly scrub your entire shower, making sure to get in any nooks and crannies.