Any bathroom looks better with its own shower enclosure and, of course, they make your morning routine a lot better too. Most shower enclosures feature glass, which heighten their aesthetic appeal even more. However, if you don’t take steps to clean and maintain that glass, your shower enclosure will soon pay the price. Fortunately, taking care of this issue doesn’t need to be a challenge.
Start by addressing hard water issues. Hard water is the result of water that is high in minerals, especially those that contain magnesium and calcium. Common examples are chalk, limestone, and dolomite. While hard water is usually fine to drink, it can do a number on the glass in your shower, especially if it persists over time. So make it a habit to clean the glass off every time you get done showering. Squeegees are perfect for the job and affordable. Plus, no one’s shower enclosure is so big that proper cleaning takes more than a minute.
If you already have a lot of soap scum built up on your shower’s glass, tackle the issue now and then make sure you do it once a month going forward (or more if necessary). Although soap scum can be thick and look nasty, there are a number of household cleaners that are up to the task of making it go away. You can also use a number of natural products that cut through soap scum too.
However, stay away from using any type of vinegar product (even the diluted versions). Vinegar is actually very effective at wiping out soap scum when it’s on your tile or elsewhere in the bathroom (so long as you don’t mind the smell). However, it can damage your glass.
Speaking of which, whatever you do, don’t use abrasive pads, types of steel wool, powders, ammonia or bleach on your glass. These cleaning options have their place and it isn’t on your glass door. The result will be damage that is so easily noticeable, you’ll be forced to replace the glass or simply live with an eye sore.
Though it may sound like a lot of work, regularly cleaning your shower enclosure is the only way to ensure you get the most out of it overtime. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much time or cost a lot to do so. If you fix any hard water problems you may have, the whole thing becomes even simpler.