How To Clean Glass Showers

For the past few years, glass shower enclosures and glass shower doors have become more popular in hospitality and residential settings. Some have found glass showers to be intimidating due to the seemingly difficult task of keeping that much glass clean from hard water stains and soap scum. I’ll walk you through how to clean you glass showers and how to prevent them from getting too dirty in the future.

What is Hard Water and Soap Scum?

The two main culprits that can make any glass shower panel look dingy is hard water and soap scum. Hard water, also known as limescale, mineral deposits, and mineral buildup is due to the excess amounts of calcium and magnesium present in the water. Soap scum occurs when you these minerals mix with soap and they react to form a substance that does not break down in water.

Cleaning Glass Shower Door Panels

How to Clean Glass Shower Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains

There are hundreds of commercial products available for commercial and residential use and most are pretty similar containing bleach or ammonia and water. There are also natural cleaners that work quite well also if you’re sensitive to chemicals or want a more green approach.

For non-chemical users, lemon and water is the standard mix with the ratio of 3 cups of lemon juice to 1 gallon of water. Or for smaller batches, 6 tablespoons to two cups of water.

For ammonia, you’ll need much less due to higher concentration. You’ll need a mixture of 1 tablespoon per quart of water. Remember, do not mix chemicals. Especially bleach and ammonia. I know it seems like you’ll have double the power by mixing the two, but you’ll only make yourself really sick. Also, don’t use cleaners whilst taking a shower. It’s best to have the vent running and the bathroom door open to get ventilation. Fumes are not friends.

How ever you go, either using a commercial brand or making your own, spray your solution on your glass shower panels and doors and let the solution sit for about 3 to 5 minutes and then wipe starting at the top and work your way down. When you’re done, if you have any streaks, use a dry cloth and buff the streaks out.

For the tough stains, use a scotch bright pad and/or a melamine foam pad. It won’t scratch the glass and it will work wonders on the toughest of stains.

Keep Glass Showers Clean With a Squeegee

How to Avoid Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains On Your Glass Shower

This is simple and short, squeegee. After every use, just squeegee the inside of the shower down and you’ll cut down how many times you have to clean your shower, and when you do clean it, it will be so much more easier. Just like you’d wipe the shower down, start at the top and squeegee all the way down until the glass panels are dry.