A glass shower door beats a shower curtain in every way except for one. It’s harder to clean and maintain a glass shower door compared to shower curtains. You can’t just throw a glass shower door in the washer and call it a day. It takes a little more effort to keep a glass door looking clean and pristine. At Image Glass Works, we want our clients to have the best-looking shower doors long after we’ve first installed them. Here are some tips from us on how to properly clean and maintain a glass shower door.
Keeping a glass shower door clean can be easy if you make an effort to keep it clean after every shower. The biggest issues with glass shower doors are streaks and residue. Homeowners can prevent these issues by simply using a squeegee on the glass shower door after a shower. It prevents water from drying unevenly on the glass and removes soap residue before it can dry. That said, we understand that people don’t always have the time or energy to do this kind of maintenance after every shower. This is why you’ll need to clean a glass shower door periodically to keep it looking pristine.
You may think cleaning a shower door is like cleaning any other surface in the bathroom, but that isn’t entirely true. Depending on the material used in the shower, common cleaning tactics can end up doing more harm than good. For example, some people use distilled vinegar to clean glass surfaces. While this tactic would work to clean the glass shower door, the vinegar could damage a shower that has natural stone tiles. Instead of using vinegar, you can mix some liquid soap with baking soda until it has the consistency of frosting. This eco-friendly cleaner can be used with a non-scratch sponge to clean glass shower doors without risk to the natural stone or grout.
If you don’t have to worry about damaging natural stone shower tiles, you can clean a glass shower door with products like vinegar or citrus. Citrus is known for eliminating streaks, which makes it perfect for keeping a glass shower door looking new. And you can make your own cleaner by mixing 1 cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar, a little dish soap, and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil, for scent.
The growth of mold or mildew in the bathroom is another thing that homeowners need to be concerned about. Allowing small amounts of liquid to remain on surfaces in the bathroom, like glass shower doors, creates an environment for mold and mildew to grow. These contaminants can find their way into the ventilation system and lead to health problems for the building’s occupants. And no one wants to see mold or mildew when they take a shower. You can prevent the growth of mold and mildew by ensuring proper ventilation in the bathroom after you take a shower. Allowing air to flow will dry out lingering moisture, which is the cause of mold and mildew growth.
Allowing air into the bathroom can help prevent the growth of mold and mildew, but it’s not a panacea that prevents all mold and mildew contamination. To truly ensure that there’s no place for these bacteria and fungus to flourish, homeowners need to clean the edges of their glass shower door. Dirt and grime that can collect along the edges are the other ingredients for mold and mildew growth. You can maintain the edges of your shower door by using a toothbrush for scrubbing the metal frame around your shower door.
If you have any questions about taking care of your glass shower door or having one installed, Image Glass Works can help. Send us a message online to access expert information on getting and maintaining a beautiful glass shower door for your home.