Just Installed a Glass Shower Door? Keep It Clean and Clear of Damage

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Unlike shower curtains, however, glass shower doors require a little extra maintenance and care on your part to stay clean and free of damage. Below, we list several tips you can use to properly care for your new shower door. Read on to discover what you can do to clean your shower door and protect it from damage.

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
  • Windex

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:

  • Tracks
  • Hinges
  • Walls
  • Ledges

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.

21 thoughts on “Just Installed a Glass Shower Door? Keep It Clean and Clear of Damage

  1. Max Jones says:

    My wife and I have been looking into having a new shower installation done in our home, and I think that knowing how to take care of it once we’re done would be good information! I like how you talked about using liquid shower products when we have the new installation done so that we don’t get the buildup on the glass. I’ll have to share that with my wife, and see if we can make the transition to liquid products before we actually have the new shower installation done! Thanks for the tips!

  2. Ivy Baker says:

    I liked that you talked about cleaning the whole shower regularly. I have been considering getting a glass shower door. So, it is good to know that if you clean it frequently then you won’t get any hard water marks.

  3. Zequek Estrada says:

    A glass shower door sounds like a wonderful idea. I wasn’t aware that cleaners with ammonia weren’t safe for it. For the most part, I imagine that it won’t be too big of a deal if it gets damaged because it probably doesn’t take much effort to call commercial glass repair services.

  4. alena says:

    I am looking into renovating my master bathroom. I’m leaning towards getting a glass shower because I don’t like how dark shower curtains make things. I’m glad to know that use should use certain cleaners to maintain it.

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  7. Deedee Lewis says:

    I just got done updating my home and put in glass doors on all of my showers but don’t know how to maintain them to get the most out of their life so I love the tips in this article. Using liquid soap to avoid scum build up is a great tip and I will make sure to only use the suggested cleaners. Thank you for helping me keep my glass doors around for as long as possible.

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  10. Kayla says:

    Thanks for this info. We’ll keep these in mind. My husband wants to replace our glass shower door. We are now looking up some services to assist us.

  11. Dan says:

    For our newly-purchased home, my wife and I decided that we use glass shower doors for our bathroom. It’s important to care for our glass shower door in order to protect what we invested in. In this article, you mentioned how installing a film over the glass can prevent chipping, cracking, or shattering. Thanks for the information!

  12. Tammie Houston says:

    It’s great how you mentioned applying a film over the glass door of the shower to prevent damage and breaking. My mom wants to have a frameless shower installed in the bathroom, but I’m concerned that my younger sibling ends up damaging it. Now there’s a solution to my problem. Thanks for the tips. I’ll make sure to let my mom know about this.

  13. Sariah says:

    Since we are going to have a remodeling project on our old home, I’m thinking of having glass shower door installation in all the bathrooms. It’s good to know that not just any cleaner will do as there are some chemicals that can harm the shower door. I’ll be sure to remember avoiding cleaners that have ammonia or bleach in them and use more natural cleaner instead.

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