Glass shower screens protect your bathroom and look stunning. Every time you take a shower, a glass shower screen creates a barrier against water, soap, shampoo, conditioner and even steam – helping to keep your bathroom walls and floors free from stains and unsightly marks.
Unfortunately, this does mean that a sparkling shower door can easily be spoiled by dirt and grime that builds up over time.
Worse still, hard water stains and soap scum can actually scratch the glass if left unchecked. When this happens, your glass shower door won’t look clean and sparkling no matter how much you clean it. Cleaning your glass shower screen regularly is the best way to stop this from happening, and helps to keep your bathroom looking its absolute best.
So, how do you keep a glass shower screen clean?
Here’s how to clean your shower door for best results:
What You Will Need:
- A sponge
- Bathroom cleaner, or mix one part white vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle
- Glass Cleaner
- Paper towels
- Microfibre cloth
How to Clean a Shower Screen: Step-By-Step
- Get the glass wet using the shower head or a damp cloth.
- Spray well with your chosen cleaner, and leave for a few moments.
- Use a sponge to work in the cleaner, removing soap scum and hard water stains as you go.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Use a squeegee to remove the water and cleaning suds.
- Dry with a microfibre cloth or paper towel.
- For extra sparkle, spray again with glass cleaner.
- Let the cleaner soak for a minute or two.
- Wipe with a clean microfibre cloth or paper towel (scrunched up newspaper can also work well).
- Tackle any remaining smears by spraying with a light mist of water onto a clean, dry microfibre cloth and wipe away.
What to Clean a Shower Screen With
There are many different options for cleaning a shower screen. Standard bathroom cleaners and glass cleaners can do a great job. But, if you’d prefer to stay away from strong chemical-based cleaners, there are also a few home remedies that are very effective alternatives. Here are a few of the most popular cleaning solutions:
Glass cleaning with dish soap: Designed for getting glassware clean and grease-free, dishwashing soap can work well for cleaning glass shower screens. Rinse any suds off thoroughly to avoid streaks when using this method.
Glass cleaning with vinegar: Acid is an effective cleaner which helps to loosen mineral deposits. Mix one part white vinegar to three parts water in a spray bottle and you have a powerful glass cleaner ready to go.
Glass cleaning with baking soda: Adding some baking soda to white vinegar creates a reaction that bubbles, helping to clean off stubborn stains. The baking soda is also slightly abrasive which will add to the cleaning power.
Glass cleaning with lemon juice: Just like vinegar, the acid in lemons helps to loosen mineral deposits and dissolve soap scum. Add to your vinegar mix or use with baking soda for effective glass cleaning that’s safe and natural. It smells nice too!
How to Keep Your Shower Glass Spotless
To avoid damaging and scratching the glass, a shower screen should be cleaned after every use. The best way to do this is to thoroughly remove any surface water with a squeegee. This will stop hard water deposits of magnesium and calcium building up and damaging the glass. In an ideal world this should be done after every shower alongside your regular cleaning. In reality though, most of us don’t have time to do this as often as it’s needed.
You can add a layer of protection to your shower screen with something that displaces water. This will help the water roll off rather than sit on the glass, which once again reduces the deposits that will build up. There are a few options for this. Cleaning with WD40, baby oil, cooking spray or a specialist car windscreen cleaner will all create this protective layer.
However, applying such products does take time and care, as you’ll have to work hard to avoid smears and grease. If you can master it though, you’ll find stains don’t build up so quickly between cleans!
So, What’s the Best Way to Clean Shower Doors?
There are a variety of methods for cleaning glass shower doors, but the most important thing to remember is to stay on top of cleaning. Each clean will be quicker to manage, and less build up will reduce the chances of scratching and staining. Keep it clean and your glass shower door will sparkle for years to come!
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