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A Guide to Maintaining Your Custom Shower Doors for Longevity

July 31, 2023

By Kevin Wisecarver

A neglected shower not only diminishes the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom but can also become a health hazard if a mold or mildew problem develops. Additionally, if you commonly put off cleaning and caring for your shower doors, once you do decide to tackle the job, you’re looking at a cleaning project that could take all afternoon. Creating a shower door cleaning routine and learning how to properly maintain your shower glass, using the right products, can keep your frameless glass shower door looking new, and help cut down on this once time-consuming task.

A neglected shower not only diminishes the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom but can also become a health hazard if a mold or mildew problem develops. Additionally, if you commonly put off cleaning and caring for your shower doors, once you do decide to tackle the job, you’re looking at a cleaning project that could take all afternoon. Creating a shower door cleaning routine and learning how to properly maintain your shower glass, using the right products, can keep your frameless glass shower door looking new, and help cut down on this once time-consuming task.

Once your custom frameless glass shower doors are installed, you’ll notice that they can have an instant, positive effect on the look and feel of your bathroom. But keeping the glass looking good can be a big problem if you don’t stay on top of maintaining it or you use the wrong type of cleaning product. Fingerprints, water stains, streaks, and smudges can turn your new shower door into an eyesore. By establishing a cleaning routine and using products that won’t scratch or damage the glass, you can keep your custom shower enclosure looking new, year after year.

How Often Should You Clean?

The shower glass should be cleaned daily. Ideally, the best time to clean it is after each use. While this may sound excessive, it’s the fastest and easiest way to keep your glass spotless. Wiping down the glass after a hot shower can also make it easier to remove any debris or grime, which can save you extra time. One of the best tips for shower doors is to avoid using abrasive cleaning tools and instead simply use a squeegee after each use.

Establishing A Cleaning And Maintenance

Not everyone in your household will stick to wiping down the glass after each shower. To make sure your shower glass is well-maintained, choose a day of the week to thoroughly clean the shower, focusing on the entire shower space, including:

  • Hardware
  • Showerhead 
  • Shower glass 
  • Shower walls 
  • Shower door track
  • Tile

And other areas.

While wiping the glass down daily will eliminate issues with water spots and streaks, every shower can benefit from a weekly deep clean.

DIY Custom Shower Door Cleaning

Like with any chore, cleaning glass shower doors will be less labor intensive if you have a maintenance plan that you stick to, using natural products found around the home to eliminate mineral deposits and soap scum. Just be sure to avoid using harsh chemicals that could dull or damage your shower glass. 

A DIY glass cleaning solution, a spray bottle, a soft sponge, a soft microfiber cloth, and a squeegee should be all you need to keep your shower glass doors clean and looking great all week long.

Taking Care of Mineral And Soap Scum Build

Instead of wasting money on expensive commercial glass cleaning solutions, a white vinegar solution works wonders on glass shower doors, so there’s no need for harsh chemicals. 

To clean the shower glass and to eliminate soap scum buildup, use a spray bottle and fill it with half a cup of white vinegar and one cup of water. This solution will clean the glass and eliminate streaks, spots, stains, and grime. You can also spray down the shower glass daily using a microfiber cloth to eliminate streaks and water spots.

To get rid of stubborn soap scum rings and white film on your shower glass, you can apply a salt and baking soda solution, mixing two tablespoons of baking soda, and a teaspoon of salt, and adding enough water to form a paste. You can apply this homemade bathroom cleaner using a damp sponge and gently work on stubborn soap scum and streaks.

How Not to Clean 

If you’ve neglected to keep your shower doors clean for some time, you may have a big cleaning job on your hands. But even if you have a tough job to tackle, you must avoid using any type of abrasive commercial cleaning products such as Ajax or Comet. Ideally, you should steer clear of any commercial cleaning product that contains cerium oxide. These abrasive cleaners can be effective when cleaning many other surfaces in the bathroom, but heavy-duty cleaning solvents can do some serious damage to the glass. You should also avoid using abrasive brushes, scouring pads, or sharp objects since these cleaning tools can scratch the glass.

Contact a Top-Rated Shower Door Company to Get a Free Estimate & Schedule a Consultation 

With daily upkeep and a weekly deep clean, you can easily maintain your frameless glass shower enclosure and keep it looking great, all week long.
If you’re ready to replace your outdated shower with a custom frameless glass shower door created by one of the leading glass companies, contact Wise Glass to schedule a consultation with one of our experts. We can meet with you to discuss your style, preferences, and different design options and go over what will work best for your unique bathroom. We’ll help you find the perfect type of shower door that can elevate the look and feel of your bathroom while maximizing space and improving functionality. Contact Wise Glass today to learn more.

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July 31, 2023

A Guide to Maintaining Your Custom Shower Doors for Longevity

A neglected shower not only diminishes the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom but can also become a health hazard if a mold or mildew problem develops. Additionally, if you commonly put off cleaning and caring for your shower doors, once you do decide to tackle the job, you’re looking at a cleaning project that could […]

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