A shower door is a great way to add elegance to your bathroom and home. But as soap scum, mildew, and hard water stains begin to accumulate on the door, the glass surface begins to look streaky or foggy – and there’s nothing elegant about that!
Just as you take a shower to get clean, you also have to dedicate time to clean your glass door so that it maintains that crystal clear shine. While there are many products in the market that promise to clean your glass, eradicating soap scum can be done with a few ingredients that you already have at home! In this post, we’re going to explore some DIY tips to restore your glass to a spotless shine.
Banish Buildup With Vinegar
This soap-slaying cleaner is perfectly suited to cut through grime and restore that sparkle to your door. Here are what you need to make it:
1) Distilled white vinegar
2) Grease-cutting detergent like Dawn
Preparing the solution
Mix equal proportions of distilled white vinegar (warmed first) and detergent. Thereafter, place the solution in a spray bottle.
1) Spray the solution to the front and back of the door. Let it sit on the glass for about 30 minutes to allow for enough time to cut through the grime.
2) Use fresh water and a damp sponge to rinse the glass, then dry with a microfiber cloth.
While this solution works magic for most glass showers, it is not well-suited for a shower made from stone as the vinegar could damage it. A good tactic is to replace the vinegar with baking soda. Mixing baking soda with detergent till it is consistent will give an eco-friendly cleaner that works well with showers made from stone.
Citrus Magic Solution
Do you have annoying streaks on your shower glass door? This solution will help transform your bathroom by giving your glass a spotless sparkle. The good news is that is simple to do – even a toddler can figure it out!
1) Baking soda
1) Divide the lemon into two halves.
2) Thereafter, dip the exposed surface into the baking soda.
3) Use that surface to rub on both sides of the glass door. As you rub, the citric acid in the lemon reacts with the baking soda to produce a sudsy foam.
4) Rinse the glass with fresh water and dry with a microfiber towel.
After cleaning the glass, apply a bit of baby oil or lemon. The oil prevents unsightly soap scum from accumulating. It also reduces the time between cleaning. If using lemon oil, aside from the added protection, it also leaves a lemony fragrant scent behind.
The Ultimate Daily Shower Spray
Having a shower spray to use for a daily clean can come in handy as it gives you more time between deep cleans. Let’s explore how you can make yours!
2) Dish soap
3) Essential oil (for scent)
Making the ultimate spray
1) Measure half a cup of vinegar into a small bowl.
2) Add a little dish soap to it.
3) Add 10 – 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture.
4) Mix thoroughly and pour it into a spray bottle.
Use this mixture to spray the glass after each time you squeegee.
Do not use vinegar if you have a stone-tile shower.
Maintenance Tips for a Sparkle Shower Glass Door
Now that we’ve examined some simple solutions you can make for effective cleaning, let’s highlight some maintenance tips you should incorporate into your schedule to maintain that shining glass door.
- The ideal time to clean
For easy cleanup, right after the last person has used their shower for the day, plan to wipe it down. This is the ideal time because the warm water would have loosened the grime. A sponge or foam cleaning pad should be sufficient for the cleaning. If you’re free, it’s also the best time to clean your shower floor and walls.
- Squeegee, Squeegee, Squeegee…
Immediately after you use your shower, make sure you squeegee your door each time. This helps to prevent hard water deposits from building up, saving you from scrubbing stress much later. Place a squeegee in your shower today!
- Don’t forget the edges or runners of your door
The edges of your shower door also need serious attention because soap scum can easily get trapped there, making it difficult to remove through a routine cleaning process. Squeeze a dollop of shite toothpaste onto an old toothbrush and use it to scrub the runners to lift any dirt, soap scum, or grime. A paint scraper can be used to remove the gunk in the intersection of the metal frame and shower door.
When it comes to keeping a sparkling shower door, consistency is important. By implementing all we’ve examined, you can be guaranteed that the elegance of glass door will be preserved for a long time to come!
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