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Keep Shower Doors Spotless with a Squeaky Clean Routine

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Keep Shower Doors Spotless with a Squeaky Clean Routine

Why Keeping Shower Doors Clean is Important

As I use my shower daily, it’s important that I keep my shower doors clean for a few key reasons:

  • Preventing mold and mildew buildup: Water, soap scum, and mineral deposits left on shower doors can lead to ugly, unhealthy mold and mildew growth. Keeping doors clean prevents this.

  • Maintaining a sanitary environment: Soap scum, dirt, and bacteria on shower doors is unhygienic. A clean shower is healthier for me and my family.

  • Improving appearance: Spotless shower doors simply look nicer. The transparency of clean glass keeps my bathroom looking its best.

  • Extending longevity: Allowing soapy residue, limescale, and grime to build up can damage and corrode shower door materials over time. Regular cleaning protects my investment.

Supplies Needed for Cleaning Shower Doors

To properly clean shower doors, having the right supplies is key. Here are the must-have items I keep on hand:

  • Glass cleaner: A spray bottle of streak-free glass cleaner specifically formulated for showers helps break down soap scum and mineral deposits. I use Windex Shower Door Cleaner.

  • Soft sponge or microfiber cloth: For washing down doors, a soft sponge avoids scratching. Microfiber cloths also work well.

  • Scrub brush: For tougher grime, a scrub brush helps agitate and remove stubborn dirt. Melamine foam scrubbers are perfect for this.

  • Squeegee: After cleaning, using a squeegee helps wipe away excess water to prevent water spots. I use a 10-inch shower squeegee.

  • Protective gloves: To protect my hands from harsh cleaners, I always wear waterproof rubber gloves when scrubbing shower doors.

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process

Here is my tried-and-true routine for keeping shower doors squeaky clean:

1. Dry Surface First

I start by using my squeegee to wipe down and dry shower doors. This prevents water spots and allows cleaner to work better on a dry surface.

2. Apply Cleaner and Let Sit

Next, I spray my glass cleaner liberally over the entire surface of shower doors. I let this sit and penetrate for 2-3 minutes. This allows cleaning agents time to break down soap scum and mineral deposits.

3. Scrub and Wipe Away Residue

Putting on my rubber gloves, I use a scrub brush and sponge to gently scrub the wet surface. I pay close attention to the tracks along door edges where grime loves to hide. I rinse thoroughly with water and wipe away all residue with my microfiber cloth.

4. Squeegee Again

As a final step, I squeegee shower doors again. Wiping up all remaining water prevents new water spots and streaks.

5. Inspect and Repeat Weekly

I inspect doors closely and touch up any remaining trouble spots as needed. I make sure to repeat this routine at least once a week to stay ahead of shower gunk.

Helpful Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Beyond my basic routine, these extra tips help take my shower door cleaning to the next level:

  • Use whitening cleaners like those containing oxalic acid to dissolve tough limescale and rust buildup.

  • Make a cleaning paste by mixing glass cleaner with baking soda to gently scrub away stuck-on grime.

  • Use a razor blade on extremely stubborn spots – carefully! Hold at a 30° angle and gently scrape.

  • Dry with a hairdryer for a streak-free finish – just don’t get water anywhere electronics!

  • Clean door seals and tracks using an old toothbrush and cotton swabs to remove mildew and gunk.

Conclusion

By following these steps and useful tips, I’m able to get shower doors shining and maintain that sparkling cleanliness between deep cleans. A little elbow grease goes a long way for healthier, better-looking showers. A squeegee is my new best friend when it comes to effortlessly spotless shower doors!

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