Glass shower doors are a great architectural and design choice for any bathroom, as they increase home value while making the space look brighter and adding a clean, modern design touch to the room. However, glass doors are also susceptible to developing spots over time as a result of hard water or soap scum. These spots may be difficult or even impossible to remove, depending on how long they’ve been there. Follow these six tips to keep your glass shower doors clear and sparkling clean.
1. Opt for a type of Glass with a Reflective Coating
If you’re installing a new shower in your home, opt for glass panels that come with a reflective coating. New technologies allow the glass to come pre-treated with a water-repellent and stain-resistant coating. Talk with your glass supplier or contractor about which options might be best for long-term durability in your home.
2. Make Squeegee-ing Part of Your Shower Routine
Ensure that your bathroom is equipped with a plastic squeegee– you can find these tools available for purchase at most big-box or dollar stores. After every shower, start from the top of the glass pane and wipe the squeegee downward to remove all water droplets from the glass. If you don’t have a squeegee, a microfiber cloth should also do the trick. This simple routine can have a big impact on keeping your glass shower doors spot-free.
3. Ensure Your Bathroom Has Plenty of Ventilation
After your shower has been used, it’s important to let the area thoroughly dry out so that mold or mildew will be less likely to grow. Keep the door open, run a fan, or open up a window.
4. Install a Water Softener in Your Home
If your home’s pipe system uses hard water, consider investing in a water softener. Soft water doesn’t leave the same type of spots on glass panes, and bathing with soft water will also leave your skin and hair feeling softer and more moisturized.
5. Try Mixing Together Vinegar and Water
For a more professional clean, use one portion of white vinegar with two portions of water in a spray bottle. Once a week, take some time to spray this mixture on your shower doors, leave it for 2-3 minutes, then wipe it off with a clean microfiber cloth. For some extra cleaning power, sprinkle some baking soda onto wet glass panes before spraying the vinegar and water solution.
6. Use a Toothbrush to Reach into the Cracks
The metal frame of your glass shower door is just as susceptible (or more so!) to a build-up of mildew and soap scum. Use a dedicated toothbrush as a tool to help you clean those small spaces.
Glass Supply Company in Delaware
If you’re looking for glass for your home’s shower doors, windows, or any other use, Diamond State Glass is here to help. We’re a local glass provider with more than two decades of experience serving our community, staffed by a team of experts that looks forward to answering your questions and helping you find exactly what you’re looking for. We specialize in providing sales, installation, and repairs of mirrors and glass for both commercial and residential use. Contact us today for more information or to request a free estimate.