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Tips to cleaning glass shower doors

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Can’t stand looking at grimy shower doors? It is quite common for glass shower doors to get hard water deposits and soap scum over their surface. Follow these useful tips to tackle cleaning your glass shower doors.

Rub-Off Soap Scum from Glass Shower Doors with Vinegar and Baking Soda

Start by pouring water on the glass shower door and walls, either using a bucket or a shower sprayer. Now, take a spray bottle, fill it with white vinegar and spray it on the shower glass. Once the vinegar is applied, allow it to sit for about ten minutes. Soak it for longer than 10 minutes if there is a major buildup of stubborn dirt and grime. Use a sponge or cloth and saturate it into a baking soda paste. Scrub the glass doors to lift any grime, and soap scum. From a cleaning standpoint, baking soda serves three key functions – abrasion, whitening and deodorizing. On the other hand, vinegar breaks down the hard water deposits and soap scum.

Next check out the condition of the glass. If it seems tidy, wipe down (with a clean cloth) the shower doors to remove the soda and vinegar. Rinse away with clean water. Once the glass doors are spotless, dry them with a microfiber cloth. A glass cleaner can be used to wipe down your glass and towel hangers after cleaning.

Tips to Keep Shower Glass Clean

Wondering why shower doors are full of hard water spots that you just can’t seem to get rid of?  Well, mostly it’s because of the minerals present in the water. When water beads dry, they leave the minerals behind the glass. As a result, water spots are created. In addition, soap scum gives a milky appearance to your glass. The best way is to avoid water from drying out on the glass surface.

Here are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your shower glass clean.

  • Place a squeegee, sponge, or microfiber cloth in the shower and wipe down the glass doors immediately after finishing your shower.
  • Once cleaning is done, the next step is to use a water-repellent solution, such as Clear Choice or Rain X. They are designed to repel water spots and other external elements, like mud and sleet, from sticking to the glass surface. This will keep the shower glass squeaky clean for a long period of time.
  • Avoid using hard water as it tends to leave behind spots and deposits. If you can’t avoid it completely, try to reduce the mineral content of water by installing a water softener system.
  • When the room is vacant, leave the bathroom doors open. Doing this will encourage the airflow, and disperse the humidity which may prevent mildew growth.

How to Clean Shower Door Tracks?

Cleaning of shower doors is not fully done until you clean the shower door tracks. This is because door tracks collect soap scum and all sorts of undesirable deposits. In addition, a considerable amount of calcium buildup from hard water hinders the smooth sliding of shower doors. Either it can be cleaned with a commercial cleaning product or a mixture of vinegar and warm water.

How To Squeaky Clean the Shower Door Tracks with Vinegar?

Begin by pouring vinegar onto a paper towel or cotton balls. You will only need a little amount of vinegar to soak them. Lay immersed paper towels onto the tracks. Allow the vinegar to sit for 30 minutes. Then, start scrubbing any stains or soap scum with the help of a grout brush or old toothbrush. Make sure to scrub it gently, rather than abrasively. Also, don’t forget to clean easy-to-neglect areas like corners and around any screws.

Once you’re done scrubbing, rinse all the vinegar off the glass door tracks with fresh water. Wipe the tracks and dry them with a clean microfiber cloth. You may repeat the steps if you find it necessary. Instead of using a grout brush, you can also use a sponge to clean the doors, but make sure it’s non-abrasive so that it doesn’t damage the stainless steel.

Why Is It Important To Keep Your Shower Doors Clean?

Glass shower doors are well-known for the visible accumulation of grime and soap scum. Let’s face it. No one wants to get clean in a dirty shower. Therefore, it is particularly important to keep shower doors clean because most of us use this space daily.

Regular use of water allows moisture to get accumulated in the shower. This water buildup becomes the perfect breeding ground for mildew, bacteria and mold. Therefore, maintaining a scum-free glass shower door is extremely important and it will also boost the aesthetic appeal of your entire washroom


Cleaning your shower doors might seem like a tough and cumbersome task but if you maintain the shower doors daily it won’t take too much time and will be worth it. If your shower or bathroom has become outdated, it may be time to complete bathroom renovations which can add to your bathroom’s aesthetic appeal and also increase the value of your home. Hire a professional for your bathroom renovation.

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