Keep Glass Shower Doors Sparkling

The enemies of glass shower doors are well-known. When water droplets dry on glass doors, hard water spots form. Over time, the minerals build up, creating a haze on the glass. Damp places are the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. The key to crystal clear glass shower doors is preventive action.

Glass Shower Doors

A basic squeegee costs less than $20. This is your best friend when it comes to keeping glass clean. Simply squeegee off the water after the last person has showered. Just a few seconds of use will keep hard water deposits from building up. This will save you tons of time and frustration.

Clean Glass Shower Doors After Showing

The best time to clean the shower or bathtub is right after it’s been used. The warm water will have loosened any dirt, grime, and soap scum. If you’re looking to avoid harsh, toxic chemicals, use a sponge or a magic eraser wipe down surfaces. Leaving the shower door open will allow the area to dry quicker and help prevent mold and mildew growth. To solve an existing fungi problem, mix 1 part bleach and 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spritz the mold and allow the solution to sit for 10 minutes. A course brush or old toothbrush might be needed for more stubborn mold growth.

A good water repellent, like Rain-X, will cause water to sheet and slide off glass and porcelain tiles. To apply, just spray the repellent on the shower doors and walls and spread it with a cloth or paper towel. However, a water repellent won’t remove existing hard water build-up.

If your shower doors are hazed over from hard water stains, try using a product like CLR or Lime-A-Way. These products dissolve minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Or you can use a mixture of 50% white vinegar and 50% grease-cutting dish detergent (such as Dawn) in a spray bottle. (Warning! If your shower walls are made of stone, vinegar could damage them!) Spray the walls and doors with the solution, let the product sit for a few minutes, rinse, and wipe with a wet cloth.

If the door tracks need attention, this kit of brushes is perfect for the job.

A Handy Schedule

Once the doors, door tracks, and walls are clean, here’s a suggested schedule for keeping them that way:

  • Daily: After showering, squeegee walls and glass shower doors. Leave door open to dry out the area.
  • Weekly: Wipe down the walls and doors with a sponge or magic eraser.
  • Monthly: It’s time for a deep-scrubbing, using your favorite cleaning products. You’ll need a sponge, a cloth, and/or a brush to get into all those corners and crannies. Once everything is clean, spray the walls and doors with water repellent.

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About Donna Fasano

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl's Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5. View website

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