You work hard every day to maintain your home and its spotlessness. However, some areas are much harder to clean than others. Take a look at the average bathroom. When cleaning the sink, it’s no problem to spray on your favorite disinfectant and wipe away the germs with a few quick swipes of the cloth. As for the toilet, most of us can get away with the gentle scrubbing of toilet brush around the rim.
But what about the shower? That once crystal-clear glass door has now turned into a cloudy haze, taking away from the aesthetics of your bathroom. The culprit? Soap scum. This household terror plagues many of our shower glass door customers, so the team at Precision Glass is giving you our top tips to get your sparkling shower door back!
Set Your Shower Door Up for Success
Because soap scum is caused by the chemical reaction that occurs when hard water meets soap, one of the best preventative measures you can take is to add a water softener to your home. Though the water softener might not totally eliminate soap scum, it’ll go a long way toward reducing this particular nuisance.
Of course, you can also cut down on the cloudy chemical reaction by taking your bar of soap out of the equation. Liquid body soaps, for example, are really detergents – which include different components that won’t interact with hard water in the same way.
It’s also worth considering a surface protection system, which prevents hard water, soap and other stains from adhering to the surface of your shower and makes cleaning a breeze!
Quick Steps to Everyday Sparkle
Now that you’ve cut down on the creation of soap scum, let’s talk about what you can do every day to clean up that cloudy residue and prevent buildup. For starters, a shower squeegee can provide the means to rid the water on your door after a shower, and can easily be found in stores such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, or Target.
If the squeegee doesn’t provide results, you can always try wiping the door down with a dry cloth or towel. To avoid scratching the surface of your glass door, you may consider using a microfiber towel, like those used to wash and wax cars.
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When It’s Time to Bring in the Big Guns
The key to fighting soap scum is taking care of it before it gets out of hand. If this happens, and you find you are constantly having to scrub, try using a mild chemical shower cleaner. Many kinds of cleaners on the market are easy to use, allowing you to spray the cleaner on your shower door, allow fifteen minutes or so before wiping the product off, and voila – your glass door is magically clear again!
However, make sure you have proper ventilation in your bathroom before using chemical cleaners. They can be very strong, and you may become light-headed if overexposed. It’s also important to remember to NEVER use abrasive cleaning tools or chemicals on your glass! Stick to cleaning methods that are developed and proven to work on glass surfaces, or run the risk of permanently damaging the shower doors you’re working so hard to clean.