1. Use the Proper Cleaners to Clean Your Shower
When you had a traditional shower curtain, you simply had to replace the liner and wash the fabric curtain when it became too dirty. Glass shower doors require different methods to get clean. Like other kinds of glass in your home, your glass shower door should be cleaned with household cleaners.
Not just any cleaner will do, though. Some chemicals in these cleaners can actually do more harm than good to your shower door. Only use the following kinds of cleaners to make your shower door shine:
- Clean Shower Daily Shower Cleaner
- Green Works Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner
- Lysol 4 in 1 Bathroom Cleaner
Avoid cleaners that have ammonia or bleach in them, as these chemicals aren’t safe for use on glass shower doors. If you prefer to use a more natural cleaner, combine one cup of vinegar and five cups of water. Add in a little baking soda (remember, the mixture will fizz) and use this as a spray to clean the door and enclosure.
2. Invest in the Right Tools to Maintain Its Cleanliness
Even if you use the correct cleaners, you still need to use the right tools to maintain your shower’s cleanliness. Never use steel wool or other abrasive materials that could scratch the glass. Instead, use a microfiber cloth or soft paper towel (like Viva Strong & Soft) to wipe down the door.
To avoid hard water buildup on the glass, you should also purchase a shower squeegee. Use this tool after each shower. When you wipe the water off the glass, the water and the minerals in it can’t settle and form hard water stains
3. Buy Liquid Shower Products
Solid bar soap can leave soap scum all along your shower. If you use a shower caddy that hangs over the door, the soap scum will build up on the glass. To avoid this buildup, use liquid soaps and body wash in the shower.
Once you’re done using these products, rinse down the door and walls to prevent any residue from sticking to the surfaces.
4. Clean the Entire Shower Regularly
Even if you do rinse down and squeegee your shower door, you need to clean the entire shower regularly. Along with cleaning the glass door itself, you should clean the following components of your shower:
Check the caulking inside your shower and inside the door tracks for mold or mildew growth. Replace the caulking inside the shower and use metal-safe cleaners to eliminate any mold or mildew. Removing this growth from your shower not only keeps you healthy but also preserves your shower door’s pristine condition.
If you have a frameless shower door, take special care of the edges, as these corners are at high risk for cracking and chipping.
As an additional tip, deep-clean your shower a few times a month to enhance its condition and prevent additional issues.
5. Ventilate the Enclosure Properly
You should also ventilate your entire shower after each use. Using the proper tools and products keeps your shower and shower door clean, but you still need to dry the water out of the space to keep it cleaner for longer. After your shower, keep your shower door open to allow the door and the shower to air dry.
6. Install Film Over the Glass
All glass, no matter where it is in your home, can crack, chip, or shatter. Glass shower doors, however, can get easily damaged if they hit a wall, if someone closes the door too hard, or if someone hangs from the door. To prevent chipping, cracking, or shattering, install a film over the glass.
This film adds extra support to the glass so minor bumps don’t cause damage. If you do install this film, use the same cleaning equipment and methods to care for the door.
Use the tips above to correctly clean your glass shower door and enclosure and keep the fixture damage-free. If you do encounter an issue with your glass shower door, contact a glass professional immediately. They’ll inspect the fixture to determine what problem is causing it to look unclean or function improperly. Our professionals can also replace your shower door as needed or install a new one if you want to upgrade.