The Best Way to Clean Shower Doors is to use the Right Products
If you go to any supermarket, you’ll find shelves and shelves of bathroom cleaners, and these are typically great for getting baths, showers, and basins clean. However, are they really the best way to clean shower doors? Yes – partly because these products have often been specially designed for the purpose, but also because the instructions on the label (which are always essential reading) will suggest the best technique for a gleaming, flawless clean. We like Cif Power & Shine Bathroom Spray for a streak-free shower door.
For some people, however, it may be easier, more convenient, or cost effective to use products most of us already have in our cleaning cupboards at home. If you are tempted to try an alternative, believe it or not one of the best cleaning products for a shower screen is laundry detergent – preferably a powder. Follow these steps to make your own shower screen cleaning solution:
- Mix a laundry powder into a thick paste with a small amount of cold water.
- Apply the solution to the screen with a soft cloth, scrubbing gently as you go.
- Be aware that this mixture is abrasive: test it on a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to any bathroom surfaces.
- Keep in mind as well that it will require a good rinse afterwards, as laundry detergents can create a lot of foam.
How to Clean a Shower Door or screen: the essential equipment
Many cleaners, whether homemade or shop-bought, will require a quick final rinse. The issue with this is that if you live in an area with hard water, a rinse can leave limescale and water marks on your shower screen after it dries. If you want to know how to clean glass shower doors without finding these problematic water marks afterwards, then you’ll need one very important piece of equipment:
Squeegees can be purchased from your local DIY store, or even from the cleaning aisle at the supermarket. They’re incredibly versatile – they’re often used for cleaning car windshields, windows, and there are even body squeegees for getting excess water off your skin after a shower. 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 Finishing Touches
Now that you know how to clean shower screen watermarks, you’ll want to know how to get the glass looking like new. Some cleaners won’t get your shower screen sparkling the way it did when you first fitted it – particularly if you’re using a product designed for another kind of surface or material. A dull shower screen can really change the look of your bathroom, as it can actually make the room appear smaller. The sparkle and shine of glass can do wonders for the overall appeal and aesthetics of your bathroom.
If you are having this problem, the trick to getting your bathroom shining once more is to mix some white vinegar (you may have some in your kitchen cupboards already) with cold water – equal parts should be fine. Using a cloth, wipe this solution all across your shower screen before buffing 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.
So now that you know how to clean shower screens properly, there’s no excuse for dried soap scum or limescale marks in your bathroom. You really will notice a huge difference in your bathroom – it’ll appear cleaner, fresher, and brighter – and there’s no need to be embarrassed when visitors pop by!
If you are inspired to clean the rest of your shower, you might also like to read our articles about cleaning shower curtains, cleaning shower mats, and removing soap scum from the shower!