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How to clean shower screens & shower glass

Wondering how to get watermarks off your shower glass and restore shine? Try these easy tips on how to clean a shower screen or door.


By Cleanipedia Team

How to clean a shower. A squeegee cleaning shower screen.

Key steps:

Cleaning your shower screen doesn't have to be a chore:

  1. Apply a dedicated bathroom cleaner like Cif, following the instructions on the label.
  2. Rinse your shower screen then wipe with a squeegee for a clear, smudge-free finish.
  3. Wipe down your shower after every use to prevent soap scum and watermarks from building up.
  4. Use a solution of white vinegar and water to buff your shower door glass after cleaning.
When it comes to cleaning shower glass or plastic shower doors, it’s always better to use targeted cleaning products like Cif Power & Shine Bathroom Spray as homemade solutions can be too abrasive. Always follow the instructions on the product’s label.

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How to clean a shower door or shower screen without leaving watermarks

Once you've cleaned your shower screen, either with a homemade or shop-bought product, you'll probably need to give the glass a quick rinse. The problem? A rinse can leave limescale and watermarks on your shower screen after it dries. Luckily, there's a simple solution: a squeegee.

Squeegees can be purchased from your local DIY store, or even from the cleaning aisle at the supermarket. After rinsing your shower screen, use a normal squeegee to remove as much excess water from the surface as you can. Not only will the screen dry faster, but it should also dry relatively clear and smudge-free.

The best products to clean your shower glass or screen

Bathroom cleaners are one of the best ways to keep showers clean - and shower glass - if used regularly. This is because:

For a streak-free shower door, we recommend Cif Power & Shine Bathroom Spray which has been specially designed to keep your bathroom gleaming. Follow the instructions on the packaging for guidance on how to use it.

If you don't have this product to hand and need a quick fix then one of the best homemade cleaning products for a shower screen is laundry detergent! Preferably a powder.

Here's how to make your own shower screen cleaning solution:

  1. Mix laundry powder into a thick paste with a small amount of cold water.
  2. Apply the solution to the screen with a soft cloth, scrubbing gently as you go.
  3. Be aware that this mixture is abrasive: test it on a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to any bathroom surfaces.
  4. Keep in mind as well that it will require a good rinse afterwards as laundry detergents can create a lot of foam.

For more shower cleaning tips and advice on the best way to keep your shower clean, check out this video on how to clean and remove limescale from shower heads:

How to restore shine to shower glass

Some cleaners won’t get your shower screen gleaming the way it did when you first fitted it; particularly if you’re using a product designed for another surface. A dull shower screen can really change the look of your bathroom - even if it's clean - and might make the room appear smaller.

If you are have this problem, just follow these simple steps to restore shine to shower glass:

  1. Mix some white vinegar with cold water – equal parts should be fine. 
  2. Wipe this solution across your shower screen with a clean cloth.
  3. Buff with a clean, dry cloth. The vinegar will bring out the shine of the screen – this also works excellently when you’ve finished cleaning your windows, too!

Now that you know how to clean shower screens properly, there’s no excuse for dried soap scum or limescale marks in your bathroom. As you can see, it doesn’t take long to clean a shower screen. Try and keep to this schedule once a week to avoid heavy build-up.

Shower curtain not glass screen? Try our tips on cleaning shower curtains! Or for more general advice on taking care of your shower and bathroom accessories read our advice on cleaning shower mats and removing soap scum from the shower.

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