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how to clean a glass shower

How To Clean A Glass Shower

5 Ways to Keep Your Glass Shower Sparkling Clean

Your shower is a place to refresh, wake yourself up, ease aching muscles or just enjoy a few luxurious minutes to yourself.

However, there’s nothing more frustrating than having your beautiful, shiny glass shower door stained with dried water marks. It can be even more frustrating when the steps you take to clean it just don’t seem to work.

So how can you put that sparkle and shine back into your shower glass?

There are many different products, hints, tips and old wives’ tales out there, offering a multitude of solutions. Here are some suggestions that the team at Budget Glass recommends you try when trying to clean your shower glass.

Five Ways To a Clean Shower

  1. White Vinegar and Baking Soda – If you prefer a natural solution over a chemical product then this is a good option. The vinegar dissolves watermarks while the baking soda acts as an abrasive cleaner for stubborn stains. You’ll likely have the ingredients you need on hand in your pantry.
  • Wet shower glass with water
  • Spray thoroughly with white vinegar
  • Leave to soak for 10 minutes
  • Dip a soft cloth or sponge into baking soda and scrub the glass
  • Rinse with water and thoroughly dry with a soft microfibre cloth
  1. Lemon Juice – Another natural solution that is simple and easy to make at home. Lemon juice is good for removing lighter cases of soap scum build-up, and it smells better than vinegar too!
  • Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle
  • Spray glass and wait 5 minutes
  • Wipe clean with a sponge and dry with microfibre cloth
  1. Ammonia – This chemical is effective at breaking down grease and grime and dries fast and streak-free, making it popular in glass cleaning products. Keep in mind ammonia can be dangerous if not used correctly. Make sure you ventilate the room well and never mix ammonia with bleach as it can create toxic gasses.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of ammonia with 2 quarts of warm, distilled water in a large spray bottle.
  • Spray onto glass, wait 3 minutes
  • Wipe dry with a microfibre cloth
  1. Dryer Sheets – Although designed to soften fabric; damp dryer sheets magically transform into glass shower cleaners, as the softener in the sheet breaks down soap scum stains.
  • Dampen fabric dryer sheet and use to wipe over glass doors and walls
  • Rinse door well after use and buff with a microfibre cloth
  1. Store Bought Chemical Product – Of course, there are many products available in your local hardware or grocery store which can be used to clean shower glass and the rest of your bathroom. Some work better than others, and some also include extra benefits like mould and mildew removers.

Note: When using cleaning products and DIY solvent solutions, be careful to remove all cleaning materials from all silicone sealants, as these can break down the bond over time.

 

Daily Maintenance Will Keep Your Shower Glass Looking Brand New

Now your shower glass looks fresh and fantastic again, how do you keep it that way? A daily post-shower cleaning routine is the first step, but there are also some more permanent solutions available too.

A Simple Post Shower Cleaning Routine

The key to preventing soap scum and water stains from building up is to make sure the shower glass is cleaned after every use. Removing excess water and product from the glass right away will stop it from drying and creating streaks or spots on the glass. This is particularly helpful if your home has hard water. Routinely keeping your doors and walls dry will also help keep mildew and mould at bay and keep your home healthier overall.
Try the following post-shower clean routine:

  • Keep a squeegee in the shower and use it on all glass as soon as you are finished your shower
  • Spray with a daily cleaner. You can make your own by placing ½ cup rubbing alcohol, ½ cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 tablespoon dishwasher rinse aid and 1 teaspoon dish soap in a 32oz spray bottle. Top it up with water and it’s good to go.
  • Wipe down with a soft microfibre cloth and leave the door open so air can circulate and dry the glass.

Add Long Term Protection to Your New Glass

Hydrophobic coatings can be applied to shower glass. These actually repel water and product from the glass, keeping it cleaner for longer.

At Budget Glass all of our glass shower doors come with the option of adding ClearShield, a hydrophobic coating that protects glass from the build-up of dirt, limescale, water spots and mildew. Ask how you can add this to your new shower and spend more time relaxing in the shower and less time cleaning.

To protect your investment, we also recommend using specialty cleaners to repel and remove unsightly, stubborn glass stains. In addition to ClearShield, we also supply high-quality CRL cleaning products, like CRL Surface Protector to repel stains and CRL Sparkle to remove stubborn stains. These products can be used instead of, or in addition to the DIY solutions listed above.

 

Call Budget Glass Today For Your New Shower Needs

If you try all of the above ideas and your shower still isn’t looking like an inviting place to get clean, you may want to consider a new or replacement glass shower door, walls or a bath surround from Budget Glass.

We carry a wide range of options to suit any taste or size of bathroom, with your choice of clear, tinted or obscured glass and metal finishings to match your existing décor. When you have a beautiful and clean glass shower or bath surround, your bathroom can be your sanctuary again, your place to unwind and refresh … and get ready to clean the rest of your house! Based in Nanaimo, we’ve been serving the whole central island since 1983 as full-service glass experts. Our friendly and knowledgeable team at Budget Glass can be reached at (250) 758-3374. You can also easily contact us via email for all your household, commercial and automotive glass needs.

11 Jun 2018

How Do I Clean My Glass?

We’re surrounded by glass. It’s present in many different aspects of our lives, from windows to showers, mirrors to deck railings, sunrooms to windshields. No doubt about it, glass is a big part of our spaces! The question, though, is how to keep it clean. With the wide variety of glass available, it’s no surprise that there are different ways to keep different glass types clean. Regular cleaning can prevent a host of difficult scrubbing, and what you’re using makes just as much of a difference as when you’re cleaning.

 

Shower Doors

How often do I clean glass shower doors? With how often showers get used, the easiest way to keep them clean is by cleaning them daily or weekly to prevent soap scum and water stains from building up.

What do I use? Using a squeegee on your glass every time you’re done showering is the most efficient and doesn’t require any additional cleaning products. If you do choose to use a product for daily or weekly maintenance, use a soft cloth that won’t scratch the glass while you’re cleaning. Some cleaners, whether commercial or homemade, can damage stone or tile surrounds, so make sure that the product you’re using is safe for your shower.

 

Mirrors

How often do I clean mirrors? Mirrors see a lot of daily use and they can get dirty quickly. Cleaning them daily or weekly will keep them sparkling and prevent any spots or splatters from building up.

What do I use? A diluted vinegar solution or glass cleaner along with a soft cloth will make the job easier. Pre-treating any large droplets or spots before you completely clean the surface will prevent them from adding streaks.

 

Exterior Glass

How often do I clean exterior glass? Exterior glass, like windows, patio doors, glass railings, and sunrooms, will have different cleaning requirements depending on where you live and what season it is. Homes in dry dusty areas will have different cleaning needs than homes near the sea, and a rainy fall season will have different cleaning needs than a sunny, pollen-filled spring. Generally, monthly cleaning can go a long way to reduce the amount of scrubbing required, but depending on your home, you may need to clean them more often or less frequently.

What do I use? For exterior glass surfaces, a squeegee and a bucket of warm water and soap will do the best job, though it may take a little bit of practice to be efficient at it. Protect windowsills with a towel and keep the bubbles to a minimum for best results. Protect door jambs and windowsills with a towel and save cleaning for when the glass isn’t hot. Hot glass will dry cleaning solution quickly, leaving you with streaks and a lot more work to do. If you decide to use a spray cleaner instead, make sure the one you choose is safe for nearby surfaces, and use a soft cloth or sponge that won’t scratch the glass. Paper products can leave lint and they often move dirt around rather than removing it, so use them sparingly.

 

With the right equipment and regular cleaning, you can keep the glass around your home sparkling clean for a long time to come! In addition to maintenance, some glass surfaces can also be installed with coatings that can increase the time between cleanings, such as Clearshield for shower doors, or CONSERVAGLASS SELECT™ for sunrooms. Happy scrubbing!

19 Nov 2017
Glass Shower Surround

Frameless Glass Shower Enclosures

Treat yourself to a new frameless glass shower this holiday season

If you already have your two front teeth, then perhaps all you want for Christmas is that dream bathroom you’ve been thinking about all year. This is a perfect time to treat yourself to a bathroom refresh and a frameless glass shower enclosure is a great place to start.

Frameless glass shower enclosures do wonders for bathroom design. They effectively open up any bathroom space (big or small) by making it look bigger, brighter and showcase beautiful tile work instead of hiding it.

Advantages of a Glass Shower Enclosure

  1. AestheticSleek and modern style
  2. TimelessA look that will age well with your home and decor
  3. Low-Maintenance: Easy to upkeep and maintain with regular glass cleaning
  4. Durable: Frameless glass shower enclosures have minimal parts and metal bracketing. Fewer parts mean less things to break
  5. Versatile: Can be designed to fit in any space and any bathroom layout

Kick it up a notch with ClearSheild

We are proud to also offer our frameless glass shower enclosures with the cutting edge ClearShield Eco-System. Shower glass treated with ClearShield ensures the shower or bath enclosure glass stays as clean and as shiny as it looked on installation day. The ClearShield Eco-System helps resist limescale and improves hygiene by fighting against mold and the growth of bacteria.

Clearshield Benefits: 

  • Keeps shower glass looking like new
  • Reduces water spots
  • Easier to clean
  • Stays cleaner for longer
  • Reduces bacteria growth

If a bathroom upgrade is on your holiday wishlist, you have come to the right place. Naughty or nice, we think everyone deserves their dream bathroom. We’ll help you get there with a beautiful new frameless glass shower enclosure.

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