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Do's & Don'ts of Cleaning a Frameless Shower Door

A frameless glass shower door can instantly transform an otherwise outdated space into a luxurious, modern environment. But keeping your frameless shower door and bathroom looking great requires regular maintenance. Additionally, there are certain products and cleaning tools you must avoid using to prevent damaging the glass. 

If you plan to invest in your home and install a frameless shower glass door, the tips in this guide can keep your shower door glass looking beautiful and flawless year after year.

If you neglect to keep your custom glass shower door clean or use the wrong products to clean it you’ll end up with a big job on your hands. If you stay on top of regular maintenance, you’ll only need to deep clean the shower glass once a month. With the right cleaning techniques and products, keeping your shower door glass spotless will only take a few minutes each day.

The Do's of Cleaning Frameless Shower Doors

Custom glass shower doors should be cleaned using a simple DIY cleaning solution and a squeegee or microfiber cloth. Because these doors lack a bulky metal frame, daily upkeep can be fast and simple. Make sure you use gentle products, such as white vinegar and warm water, a soft cloth, and other types of gentle cleaning tools to combat soap scum. 

Clean Your Shower Doors Regularly

Shower door glass should be cleaned after each use. Following a regular cleaning routine will prevent grime buildup and unwanted mildew. Creating a maintenance plan is the best way to keep the glass spotless and prevent smudges, water spots, water stains, and soap scum from ruining your shower door's flawless appearance. 

Daily: Use a squeegee to wipe down the glass after each shower, allowing the door to remain open until the shower glass is dry.

Weekly Cleaning: Once a week, wipe out the entire shower, paying special attention to the glass to look for any signs of soap scum.

Monthly: Choose a day once a month to deep clean your shower. The entire shower should be thoroughly scrubbed out, removing soap scum, grime, and debris from every corner. You can use a water repellent spray on the glass to prevent hard water stains. 

Use Appropriate Cleaners

When you clean glass shower doors, you can use simple products that you can find around the home, such as lemon juice and water, vinegar, and water, or even a commercial cleaner such as Windex. These products are non abrasive and gentle on your glass, which will prevent scratches.

The Don'ts of Cleaning Frameless Shower Doors

If you failed to stay on top of keeping your shower doors clean, you may have noticed that your glass door doesn't look as good as it did when it was first installed. To keep your shower enclosure looking its best, there are some cleaning tools and products you’ll want to avoid.

Don’t Use Sponges

Sponges tend to soak up a lot of germs, bacteria, and dirt, and can even be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Using the same sponge to clean your shower every week can transfer germs, mold, and bacteria to every surface you use it on. 

Don’t Use Scraping Tools

Scraping tools can help get rid of soap scum, but they can also leave behind shallow and deep scratches that can be impossible to mask or buff out. 

Don’t Use Acidic Cleaning Products

There are many popular commercial cleaning products that are highly acidic. These cleaners are marketed as miracle products that can easily get rid of soap scum, but over a period of time, using acidic cleaning products can result in etching. This can cause your glass to lose its luster and sheen, dulling the glass and leaving behind shallow scratches. 

Don't Use Harsh Cleaners

Harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners, such as ammonia or bleach-based cleaners should be avoided at all costs. Additionally, there are also abrasive cleaning tools that you should avoid, such as scrub brushes and steel wool, which can damage and scratch the glass.

Don't Neglect Regular Cleaning, Including the Tracks

The best time to clean your shower glass is after each use. You can even use the heat and steam in the shower to your advantage. Both will help loosen up any grime in the shower, which can save you plenty of time and elbow grease. Make sure you also pay attention to the shower door tracks, which can be breeding grounds for mold, mildew, and bacteria.

Contact a Leading Glass Shower Door Provider Today!

At GCS Glass & Mirror, we love to help teach our clients how to keep their frameless doors looking new. If you’d like to learn more about shower door care or you’re ready to make this type of important upgrade to your bathroom, contact GCS Glass & Mirror today to get started.

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