Glass showers are a beauties in the bathroom, but many people still shy away from them. Cleaning the glass is one of the reasons they cite for not jumping on board. This baffles me. No matter if it’s ceramic or a fiberglass surround, ya gotta clean it. Nobody likes to do it, but it must be done. Glass is one of the easier materials to keep clean because of its non-porous nature.
To keep your glass shower looking like new, you need to do just a little post-shower maintenance. It’s not a full-out cleaning, and before you know it, it’ll be part of your shower routine. These tips apply to clear glass shower doors, but can also easily apply to Dreamwalls Color Glass interior shower walls.
Method Daily Shower Spray
I’ve read about people using crazy things from dryer sheets to cooking spray to clean their glass shower. But let’s just keep it simple. Shower cleaners are designed specifically to tackle mildew better than regular window glass cleaners. I like Method Daily Shower Spray because it’s eco-friendly and seems to work well. I think it smells decent, so don’t be stingy. Spray the whole door and walls down liberally. Then I grab my towel and dry myself off before the next step. But overall, once the shower is clean, it’s fairly easy to keep it that way. I just stick to my routine, and life is good. An ounce of prevention….
Gee, a Squeegee
This is the next step to a lovely shower. Use a squeegee to remove excess water and soap after each shower. OXO makes good ones for little money. This is key to keeping the shower looking good for a long time. Allowing hard water to remain on the door can “etch” the glass or pit the metal hardware over time. Just squeegee the walls down and I find there’s a zen element to the routine.
This may be the most important tip. To discourage mildew growth in the shower, be sure the bathroom is well ventilated. If your shower is a “steam shower” that spans all the way to the ceiling, be sure to open a transom or the door to allow air to circulate. Turn on exhaust fans to help remove excess moisture from the room. This will be good for ALL the glass products in your bathroom, including your mirrors.
Some manufacturers use special glass that is coated with special coatings to make water sheet off. Clarvista™ is a type of glass from the float glass manufacturer that has it applied, then there are others with varying benefits and test results such as EnduroSheild™ . Your shower door dealer may offer these options, and they are a real advantage. It’s important to follow those manufacturer’s directions on care and cleaning. They may require special cleaners or suggested maintenece. But these products allow water to bead up and roll off, or sheet off, resulting in less cleaning time, without your need to re-apply or coat the glass ever.
EnduroSheild™ even sells an OTC version of their product for your home application. If you use Dreamwalls Color Glass for your shower walls, you can treat the glass shower door AND the walls at the same time and have a shower that is easier to clean, doesn’t water spot, and is free of soap-scum. For a lower end, short term solution, you could use an over-the-counter solution such as Rain-X, a product for automotive windows. Keep in mind it can make the glass a little cloudy if you put on too much or fail to buff it out enough, and it does wear off over time so you’ll need to re-apply every few months.
BEMA Knows Best
According to BEMA, the Bath Enclosures Manufacturer’s Association, there are a few cleaning agents which you should never use on your glass shower enclosure:
- Vinegar or vinegar-based products – while good for getting off hard water stains off of glass, it can pit metal hardware over time.
- Abrasive or soft abrasive powders and liquids
- Bleach or bleach-based cleaners – and the fumes are not really a great idea for any small, enclosed space
- Steel or Teflon pads
If you have a glass cleaning challenge, let me know and I’ll be happy to take a look at it.