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Ability Bathe | May 30, 2023

Cleaning Shower Glass: Our Expert Tips To Help You

Cleaning Shower Glass: Our Expert Tips To Help You

If you’re thinking about cleaning shower glass but aren’t sure how to do it, help is at hand.

We’ve got plenty of tips to share so you can get the job done efficiently and effectively.

It should come as no surprise when your shower is dirty. We use them a lot – an Ifop poll suggests that 68% of Brits wash themselves every single day.

The bad news is that without the right cleaning routine, bathrooms can become full with millions of bacteria, according to SafeHome.

But the good news is that once you know how, keeping them spick-and-span is simple and that’s particularly the case when it comes to cleaning shower glass.

This is how to clean shower glass and a glass shower door when you see soap scum or other stains that you want to get rid of.

We’ll also explain how to clean shower glass regularly to keep it dirt-free in future!

Cleaning shower glass with a cloth or sponge

When cleaning glass shower doors and shower screens, try a used or damp dryer sheet (rather than a fresh one) or preferably a microfiber cloth on the shower glass.

This will only likely work for minor marks or stains, but it’s worth trying first of all as it’s the quickest and simplest cleaning method.

If you have a ‘magic eraser’ or other type of soft damp sponge, there’s no harm in trying that too.

Cleaning shower glass with white vinegar

Mix some distilled white vinegar with warm water. You could combine them in a spray bottle too if you’d like.

Scrub the dirty area with a clean soft cloth or the soft side of a sponge, plus your vinegar mix.

Leave it to soak and then wash it off the glass with warm water.

When mixed with water, the vinegar won’t leave streaks on the glass – it may smell but this will disappear soon.

Just make sure you don’t use vinegar on any stone surfaces in case it damages them.

Cleaning shower glass with dishwashing liquid

If the white vinegar mix isn’t strong enough to remove the stains then try adding some dishwasher liquid too.

Again, scrub with a soft sponge or a wet cloth. Rinse the area with warm water afterwards.

If you’ve tried these homemade solutions and still see dirt on your shower glass, or you need a substitute cleaning solution, here are some extra options:

Other solutions

  • Lemon juice: Instead of vinegar, consider lemon juice or another acidic fruit – this is also a good option if you don’t like the smell of vinegar
  • Ammonia: For scum and grease, try ammonia – but only use small amounts, wear rubber gloves plus eye protection, and make sure there’s enough ventilation
  • Bicarbonate of soda: Baking soda is more abrasive, so be careful that it doesn’t scratch the glass – add it to your vinegar mix
  • Store-bought cleaners: See what you can find in your local shop – some will contain ammonia too but many work better as preventative solutions, rather than cures
  • Hydrogen peroxide: Found at pharmacies, this is good for removing mould

These are our tips so you can have clean glass shower doors and sides.

How to clean the rest of your shower

To clean the rest of your shower enclosure, such as the tiles or shower walls, make sure you use a cleaning product that’s appropriate for the material. Also use warm water and a microfiber cloth.

To clean a shower head, remember that you can detach it, making it easier to soak and scrub. Then you can use one of the shower glass cleaning methods mentioned above such as vinegar.

When you need to clean a shower, don’t forget to regularly empty the shower drain too – this is where plenty of bacteria can build up, plus hair and other dirt that may cause a blockage.

Pay attention to the shower door tracks as well.

And this is how to properly clean the floor. Use a suitable product on the shower floor, plus a mop and a bucket.

Mop in small circles until the tiles are clean and use a dry cloth to remove excess water or soap.

Lastly, if you have a shower curtain, wash it regularly – it catches condensation and when moisture settles for too long, mould spores appear. For further details take a look at our article on how to get rid of mould in your bathroom.

Final thoughts: Cleaning shower glass

Our tips should work for all different types of showers. Just make sure that the products you use are suitable for glass doors and the shower screen – for example, if you’re considering using a type of bathroom multipurpose cleaning spray.

To avoid regular situations where you’re scrubbing hard to remove dirt, clean your shower frequently. After each use, wipe a squeegee down the glass door and sides, then leave the door open to ventilate.

Then, once a week, use a cloth or sponge on the glass as described above. You could also add a protective coating to your glass shower doors. 

Even though its original purpose is for windscreens, a water repellent product can also help prevent stains.

If you’re considering remodelling your bathroom, keep in mind the benefits of a walk-in shower.

Ability Bathe are experts in custom bathroom designs and installations. Check out our full range of services and please get in touch with any queries or for more information.


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