Alternative Ways To Keep Your Shower Doors Clean

Posted on: 4 November 2014

When you install a frameless shower door, you will be benefiting from the modern, open look they provide. However, that clean, crisp feeling can go away rather quickly if you allow buildup to accumulate on your shower door. If you want to keep your shower space looking as good as the day it was first installed without ordinary chemical cleaners, you should check out some of these alternative solutions. 

Self Cleaning Glass 

Self cleaning glass uses various nano-technologies to make it impossible for dirt and other substances to buildup on the glass. Although it was originally designed with windows in mind, many shower door manufacturers are beginning to offer self cleaning glass as well. 

The cleaning operates on two levels. First, there is a photocatalytic reaction when UV light hits the glass. During this reaction, dirt and grime is broken down. Next, there is a hydrophilic property to the glass that allows the water to cascade off the surface instead of beading. This allows the dirt to be swept off the glass and down the drain. If your bathroom does not have a window allowing sunlight in, you may want to find a shower door that relies only on the hydrophilic properties for cleaning. 

These coatings are generally applied during the manufacturing process. However, if you already have a shower door installed, you can still apply a coating your self. These coatings are generally applied once or twice a year and are as simple as waxing your floors. 

Dedicated Shower Squeegee 

The best way to clean soap scum is to keep it from building up in the first place. If you thoroughly dry your shower glass after each use, you will have a lot less work to do when it comes time to clean your shower. You can leave a small hand squeegee in your shower to make the drying process quick and easy. 

Vinegar After Shower Spray 

The acidic property of vinegar makes it an excellent natural cleanser. It is gentle enough to use every day, and a few sprays of plain white vinegar after every shower will keep residue from building up on your glass. You should spray it on when your shower is still wet and allow it to air dry. While you are spraying your glass, you can give your tiles a quick spritz to keep them fresh as well. 

Deep Cleaning With Essential Oils 

If you already have build up on your shower doors, then you may need a slightly stronger cleaning solution. First, dissolve a quarter cup of baking soda in two cups of warm water. Add a tablespoon of liquid castile soap. Finally, select an essential oil with antibacterial properties and add 15-20 drops. Good options are eucalyptus, tea tree, or lavender oils. 

After spraying this solution on your shower glass, wait five minutes for it to soak in. Then, wipe it away with a soft cloth or a sponge. For a particularly strong patch of buildup you will want to clean directly after you take a shower. The heat from the water will help break up the soap scum and make it easier to clean. Once you finish your shower, spray with vinegar as usual. Then, apply your deep cleaning solution and wipe away your buildup. 

A new shower enclosure is an investment, and just like any other investment, you will want to protect it so that it maintains its value over time. The best way for you to keep your shower glass looking clean and fresh is to follow a regular cleaning routine, whether it involves applying self cleaning agents twice a year, cleaning after every shower, or doing a deep clean once a week.