cleaning shower doors

Cleaning your shower doors can be a tedious and challenging chore especially if you have a busy house hold using the shower, allergies, environmental concerns, hard water, or sandy soil. There are many products on the market with varying degrees of success. Here is a list of suggested products that have worked in some situations.

  • To keep your shower door streak free, wipe it down after each shower. A squeegee can be used for quick and easy removal of water and remember, always wear gloves to protect your hands when working with cleaning chemicals.
  • Try CLR.  The trick is to keep the chemical on the glass so you do not damage your tile or acrylic. Apply the CLR directly on your paper towel and place the saturated paper towel directly onto the glass. It will stick to the glass. After about 10 to 15 minutes, carefully pull the towel off and use a scruffy to loosen the scale. Keep reapplying until the glass is clear.
  • Pour one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to mix the contents. Spray the vinegar solution onto the shower door and wipe the door with a soft rag. The vinegar solution will remove dirt and grime from the door.
  • Pour one cup of rubbing alcohol and one cup of water into a spray bottle and shake the bottle to mix the contents. Spray the rubbing alcohol solution onto the shower door and wipe it off with newspaper for a streak free shine.

Kaye Morris ,  Rhonda Bunton and Christine Argier writers for eHow suggest the following.

  • Kaye suggests that you wipe the shower door with a fabric softener sheet to     remove soft scum. The fabric softener will loosen the soap scum and lift it from the door.
  • Rhonda suggests that household baking soda can do the trick. It will take a bit of scrubbing, but  it is inexpensive and eco-friendly. Put on cleaning gloves, and take a steel wool cleaning pad or cleaning sponge that is soaked in hot water. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the sponge, and scrub the shower door with it. Keep your cleaning sponge damp and sprinkled with baking soda for this remedy to be effective.
  • Cleaning erasers are finely textured special sponges that have cleaning solution embedded in them. There are several brands of cleaning erasers available, including the brand Mr. Clean, and some brands even have specially formulated cleaning erasers meant just for use in the bathroom. To get the soap scum off of your glass shower door with a cleaning eraser, soak the eraser with warm water and wring out the excess. Scrub the shower door with the cleaning eraser, rinsing it out with more warm water occasionally.
  • Liquid laundry stain removers can do double duty as a cleaner for glass shower doors. Simply pour some on a cleaning sponge or steel wool cleaning pad and rub it on the shower door–the soap scum should come right off the glass. Then rinse it off with hot water
  • Christine suggests that using WD-40 to clean shower doors helps prevent the build up of soap scum and water spots, making future cleaning easier. Spray WD-40 generously on the inside and outside of the shower doors, concentrating on areas with significant build up. You don’t need to dry the doors before application; WD-40 can be sprayed on wet or dry shower doors. Wipe away using a clean towel to remove dirt, soap scum, calcium deposits and other residue. Apply additional WD-40 to any troublesome spots and wipe away. WD-40 is safe to use for cleaning tiles and shower fixtures. Simply spray, and then wipe away with a clean towel. As a safety precaution, avoid spraying WD-40 on the shower floor base to prevent slipping.

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