One of the top questions we get asked in the beginning stages of a shower door installation is, “What causes a shower door to become dirty?” There are numerous factors that can affect the cleanliness of your shower door. Here are the Top 5:
1. Soap Scum
Soap scum occurs when hard water mixes in with soap, leaving stains on your glass. This is because hard water is high in minerals such as calcium, leaving a chalky appearance. This not only affects the aesthetic of your bathroom but the glass as well. Soap scum can corrode the glass over time so the best way to prevent corrosion is regular cleaning of your shower.
Mildew occurs usually in the corners of your shower door where the glass meets the frame. Mildew thrives in warm, damp environments so it is commonly found in bathrooms. It can be harmful to your health and damaging to your home if left untreated so the best way to get rid of it is a simple one to one chlorine or hydrogen-peroxide solution. Cleaning is simple, just spray and wipe away!
3. Hard Water Issues
Certain areas are more prone to hard water than others. With that being said, it is helpful to know if your home has harder water than what you might be used to. Hard water can cause damage to your shower door over time and is linked to cause all the effects mentioned previously.
- Inconsistent Cleaning
Consistent cleaning is imperative to ensure your shower door sparkles just as much as the day of install! Cleaning schedules can be developed based on how often you use your shower. Something that can be used in between cleanings is a squeegee! This ensures that all the water built up while using the shower doesn’t fog up your glass and everything goes down the drain quicker. Inconsistent cleaning also causes all the issues mentioned above.
- Using the Incorrect Cleaners
If you look online, there are thousands of products on the market all claiming to be the best product to clean your shower door. But which ones will really get the job done? The first thing to know about shower door cleaners is that anything you may consider to use must be ammonia-free. Cleaners that contain ammonia wear down any films or treatments that are placed on the shower door by the manufacturer. It also damages any of the metal portions in the shower if you have a framed/semi-frameless door or even the hardware that is attached to it. It discolors the metal as well as damaging the finish of the metal which affects the texture. If you’re looking to skip the hassle of looking for a cleaner that’s right for your home, a simple baking soda and water paste rinsed with distilled vinegar brings the best shine anytime while also disinfecting.