How Do I Take Care of My Glass Shower Doors?
As soon as your custom glass shower doors are installed, you’ll notice what a positive effect they have on the overall look and feel of your bathroom. Whether you choose a frameless or semi-frameless design, custom glass shower doors add a certain elegance and style you can’t beat!
Without proper care and maintenance, however, you’ll notice your shower doors don’t look quite the same as when they were first installed. To keep glass shower doors looking their best, it’s important to take care of them with regular maintenance and cleaning.
Tips For Taking Care of My Shower Doors
At Coastal Closets & Showers, we like to give our clients this information as soon as their doors are installed so they’re never left wondering how to take care of their shower doors.
If you have glass shower doors in your home, we’re going to share these same tips with you so you can reap all the rewards of sparkling clean glass shower doors.
1. Clean your shower AFTER you shower
2. Use a vinegar solution on your glass door enclosure
3. Keep a microfiber cloth handy
4. Switch to a non-talc soap
5. Don’t forget the metal tracks
Clean Your Shower After It’s Used
The best time to clean your shower or tub is after you’ve used it! If you can start cleaning as soon as you’re done showering – before the doors open – you can use the steam and heat in your shower to your advantage. The warm water will have already started loosening up the grime in the shower which will save you extra time.
By the way, if you have yet to install custom glass shower doors but you’re curious about the process, don’t miss this post. We share our step-by-step process from consultation, installation, to ongoing customer satisfaction.
Shower Cleaning Solution
To keep your glass shower doors sparkling clean, you can use common ingredients you probably already have at home! A mix of white vinegar, baking soda, and salt is usually all it takes to tackle this job.
• Start by filling a clean spray bottle with white vinegar and spraying it on the glass shower doors.
• In a separate container, mix equal parts baking soda and salt until it forms a paste. Apply the baking soda and salt solution to the shower doors with a damp sponge and water stains and soap scum will be gone in no time!
• Once you’ve covered all of the glass panels, rinse with water and see the beautiful results of your work.
This solution works for showers with semi frameless shower doors, sliding shower doors, and other glass shower enclosures.
Microfibre Cloths for Bathroom Cleaning
We can’t forget about the other parts of your shower as well! Many of our clients have gorgeous brushed nickel fixtures in their bathrooms. These fixtures should be wiped with a microfibre cloth every day. After every use, they should be dried and gently buffed with a cloth to keep their shine. Once a month, applying a paste wax solution with a soft cloth will help maintain their shine and luster for the long-term.
Another use for microfibre cloths in the bathroom is wiping down your shower or tub after every use with a dry cloth. This helps prevent water spots as well as soap scum that can build up over time.
Shower squeegees are another useful tool for keeping the glass looking its best. They only cost a few dollars, and they take just a minute to use after your shower. Starting from the top of your shower doors and working down, you can “scrape” remaining water off the shower doors before wiping them dry with a microfiber cloth. This is another step that can protect your investment and ensure the longevity of your glass shower doors.
Here’s a quick video that gives you step-by-step instructions for using a squeegee on your glass shower doors.
Preventing Soap Scum
Speaking of soap scum, one of the common culprits is using bar soap, which almost always contains talc. This talc is a major cause of soap scum on glass shower doors. If you can switch to talc-free bar soap or body wash, you’ll likely notice your shower looks cleaner for longer.
Cleaning Your Shower Track
While your glass shower doors may be the first place you’ll notice needing to be cleaned, there are other important parts of your shower that need to be cared for too. If you have frame sliding glass shower doors, the tracks the shower doors run on need to be cleaned regularly. Otherwise, they’ll build up grime and gunk that gets harder to clean the longer it’s left.
To clean your shower door tracks, start by plugging any drains or openings in the tracks. Then, you’ll rely on your trusty vinegar solution yet again! Fill the tracks with vinegar and let this rest overnight. The next day, remove the plugs and wipe down the tracks and they’ll look better than ever! For spots that need a little extra attention, a toothbrush will work well.
If you don’t have shower door tracks, be sure to check the shower curb top where the bottom of the shower door meets a seal to prevent water from leaking. The bottom of the glass, as well as the curb top, need to be cleaned and checked for mildew or mold along with other parts of your shower.
In this post, we discuss what to consider before installing a custom shower, including the right material for a curb top, shower door swings, hinges and clips, and much more.
Creating A Glass Door Maintenance Plan
We love to help our clients take the guesswork out of glass shower door maintenance! We’re pleased to offer glass maintenance solutions, so contact us today if you’d like to learn more.
If you’re interested in having custom glass shower doors installed in the Stuart, Fl., area, you can also get in touch about scheduling a free consultation so we can come up with the right solution for your home.