Dos and Don'ts of Cleaning Glass Shower Doors

Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Glass Shower Doors

April 30, 2020

If there’s one thing every homeowner knows, it’s that the glass on a shower door can get dirty quick and in a hurry. Even more annoying, a sliding glass shower door can be challenging to clean, as well. But it doesn’t have to be. If you’re curious about how to clean your shower glass in Alaska, here are some tips.

Why does my shower glass get so dirty?

You may not realize it, but the water in your shower, whether it’s so-called “hard water” or not, contains trace elements of minerals like limestone, calcium or even chalk. When these minerals combine with the active ingredients in your soap, they form a thick substance commonly referred to as soap scum.

At the same time, the glass in your shower door is porous. That is, glass has tiny little spaces and holes that slowly allow air through. So, when soap scum makes contact with the glass in your shower door, it has points where it can make its way into the glass itself. That makes shower glass in Alaska particularly challenging to clean.

DO use the right cleaner

When you’re setting about to clean your shower glass, be sure to pick a cleaning substance that is not abrasive. Cleaners with an ammonia or acid base, for example, can degrade the shower glass.

DON’T let your cleaning lapse

It’s a good idea to keep a shower squeegee handy so you can quickly wipe down your shower door after each use. If you take just a minute to wipe away soap scum before it dries, you can do wonders to prevent the buildup of unsightly gunk.

DO think about using DIY cleaners

If you don’t have something specifically designed to clean your shower, a solution of white vinegar and water can prove very effective when you’re trying to clear soap scum. Even better, the solution itself isn’t abrasive. The smell may be a little potent, but it will dissipate in a few hours. You can also cut back on the vinegar scent by adding a splash of lemon juice.

DON’T close the bathroom door

When you’re using the shower, make sure to turn on the fan every single time. Not only will this help prevent your mirror from fogging up, but it will help prevent the growth of mold or mildew. When you’re not using the shower, make sure to leave the bathroom door open, as this will help promote good airflow into the shower, likewise preventing a mold or mildew issue in the future.

DO put your trust in Replacement Glass

Looking for shower glass in Alaska that will serve as a reflection of your personal taste and sensibilities? Then come to Replacement Glass, where our highly-skilled team of professionals has more than 150 years of experience with window and door glassware of every variety.

For the sales, service and installation of custom glass, mirrors, doors and tabletops to residential and commercial customers alike, come to Replacement Glass. Pick up the phone today—we can’t wait to talk to you!

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