How to Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean and Sparkling

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Glass shower doors add modern sophistication to any bathroom. When the privacy shower glass is clean, it looks stunning. On the other hand, dirty glass shower doors are unsightly. Today, we are going over the best practices for cleaning glass shower doors, so you can ensure your bathroom always looks pristine.

Best Cleaning Products

Proper cleaning tools such as non-abrasive sponges, squeegees, and clean cloths (preferably microfiber) work best for glass shower doors. Natural cleaning products such as baking soda, lemon juice, or distilled white vinegar are some of the best cleaning products to use on an opaque glass shower. All of these products are readily accessible compared to commercial cleaning products.

All you need is distilled white vinegar and Dawn dish soap to make your own glass shower cleaner. Use a 1:1 ratio and warm the vinegar before mixing in the dish soap, then pour the solution into a spray bottle. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of dish soap also works as a daily cleaning solution for glass shower doors. If you ever notice mold or mildew, use a tea tree oil and hydrogen peroxide solution to get rid of it before it becomes a significant problem.

If you prefer commercial privacy shower glass cleaning products, Scrubbing Bubbles, Lime-A-Way, and Lemi Shine are the best options. Scrubbing Bubbles removes soap residue, Lime-A-Way eliminates hard water deposits, and Lemi Shine is best for hard water spots.

How Often to Clean Glass Shower Doors

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prevent mineral buildup and mold growth in your textured glass shower enclosures by squeegeeing your glass doors every time you finish your shower.

Do a weekly wipe-down of the entire shower and one deep cleaning session every month. When done consistently, this bathroom chore schedule will prevent your glass shower doors from getting dirty too quickly.

How to Prevent Soap Scum

Soap scum is the white, filmy residue left behind from hard water and soap particles. It is unsightly and hard to clean. To prevent soap scum from the get-go, you must wipe away the water from your glass shower doors every time you use the shower.

How to Remove Soap Scum

One of the ways to tackle soap scum is by using baking soda. Create a paste by mixing baking soda with lukewarm water. Use a sponge to apply the paste, then let it sit for a bit and wipe away the paste with a clean, damp sponge. If you still notice soap scum, use the baking soda paste method again but spray it with vinegar and quickly rinse it with water.

You can still use a DIY approach if you have a lot of soap scum on your shower enclosure with privacy glass. Start by spraying the glass with vinegar, then apply a mixture of baking soda, salt, and water. Smear your paste onto all the glass surfaces with a sponge, then rinse and repeat as necessary.

How to Prevent Hard Water Stains

Hard water stains are also known as mineral deposits and limescale. A hard water stain is the chalky white residue that builds up from excess minerals commonly found in hard water. Luckily, the same products that make car windshields repel water also work for glass shower doors. Purchase a windshield waterproofing treatment and follow the instructions on the label. This works best on frameless showers, but you can use it on framed showers if you avoid the frame while applying the solution.

Always keep your shower door open after you shower and let it air out for about half an hour. Speed up the drying process using a squeegee or microfiber cloth to wipe the water off. Consider installing a whole-home water softener if your area is prone to hard water. Water softeners are an excellent investment if you want to save time and money in the long run.

Removing Hard Water Stains

Lime-A-Way does an excellent job cleaning hard water stains, but since glass is porous, it will inevitably get dirty again. If you do not want to deal with hard water stains all the time, you will need a hydrophobic coating. Ensure your glass shower doors are squeaky clean first, then apply a hydrophobic coating (using a kit) to the inside of your privacy shower glass. You can also schedule a professional hydrophobic coating installation if you don’t have time to do it yourself.


We hope these tips and tricks will help you make your glass shower doors look as good as new again. If you want new glass shower doors or privacy shower glass in your bathroom, contact us today.

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