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When you are choosing a home or simply renovating your existing bathroom, you walk into the Bathroom Showroom and see a beautiful glass shower door, you can in fact picture how this glass door will make your existing bathroom look bigger and give the illusion of freedom.
Yes, you decide that this is the door you want and need in your bathroom. It takes some convincing to get your partner on the same page. But you manage and pay for the see-through glass door. You can’t wait for the door to be delivered and you find yourself picturing your first shower while gazing through the steam and the soap suds while you take your first shower.
Not long after having your beautiful shower screen installed, you notice the build-up on the glass making it not so clear and see-through anymore.
The easy way to remove hard water stains from your shower door is to use a limescale remover such as Shower Power by OzKleen paired with a Magic Eraser sponge to wipe it away.
Let’s First Understand What Leads To Hard Water Stains!
It sometimes seems as if hard water stains appear in the shower overnight. That is not so, these stains accumulate from deposits over a period of time. But, what are these stains, and why are they so hard to remove?
Hard Water Stains
Hard water contains more alkaline than soft water and has a higher magnesium and calcium concentration.
These stains left behind by hard water are referred to as limescale, mineral deposits, or buildup. The water spots and chalky, white appearance is a result of the excessive mineral deposits present in your water.
While soap residue and grime are relatively easy to clean, hard water stains require extra effort to remove.
How To Clean Glass Shower Doors With Hard Water Stains?
The bathroom is no one’s favourite room to clean. Using a homemade disinfectant bathroom cleaner can get most of the bathroom cleaning done, but it seldom takes care of the hard water stains and soapy residue on the glass shower door.
It might seem as if removing hard water stains from the shower door is a hopeless cause, but you may be using the wrong cleaning products. This is a manageable and easy way to clean away stubborn mineral deposits if you use the right cleaning product.
These are a number of alternatives you can use:
Salty Water Mixture
If you are looking for a natural alternative to remove hard water stains, this is a great way. Believe it or not, but salt is a useful tool for cleaning many surfaces.
The salty mixture actually counteracts the mineral deposits and has a mildly abrasive action to scrub them away.
Try this easy recipe
Salt Water Glass Shower Door Cleaner
- 1 cup of hot water
- 3 tablespoons of salt
- Paper towels
Fill a bowl with hot water and add the salt. Mix the two and then dunk a sponge into the solution. Rub the sponge on the water stains using a circular motion to clean away the deposits.
Continue to dip the sponge into the cleaner and scrub the surface until the stain is gone. Rinse the glass thoroughly with warm water and dry it with a paper towel. Voila! Clean see-through glass shower door!
Your GO-TO White Vinegar
White vinegar is an efficient acidic cleaner for removing calcium buildup especially hard water stains on the shower door glass.
Using this liquid in combination with persistent scrubbing cleans away unsightly water stains with ease.
White Vinegar Cleaning Solution
- White vinegar
- Spray bottle
How to use your vinegar cleaning solution. Fill a bottle sprayer with equal parts vinegar and hot water, and shake it well to mix. Spread a towel beneath the shower door to catch any drips and spray the vinegar solution liberally over the entire glass surface.
Allow the cleaner to soak the stains for about 30-minutes and to give the vinegar time to break down the minerals. Use a scrubbing sponge to wipe down the glass using a circular motion.
Do not use a Brillo pad or steel wool, this will leave unsightly scratch marks on the glass. Rinse the door thoroughly using a spray bottle of water or the showerhead and dry with a towel.
Baking Soda solution to remove Hard Water stains
For an eco-friendly cleaning solution, don’t reach for the bleach. Instead, use this baking soda recipe that is sure to clean up soap scum and hard water stains on glass. This is mildly abrasive and non-toxic. This method requires some elbow grease but is a cheap and eco-friendly alternative to chemical toxic harsh cleaners.
Baking Soda Cleaning Solution
- Hot water
- Baking soda
Combine the baking soda and hot water in a container or a bowl. Dab a sponge into the paste and rub it on the top section of your shower door. Allow it to dry for about five minutes, then use the sponge to scrub it clean.
Continue doing this in sections until you reach the bottom of the door. Rinse the glass shower door with clean water. For stubborn areas use the Magic Eraser to scrub these areas clean.
How Do You Remove Mineral Deposits From Shower Doors?
It can be tricky to scrub away those mineral deposits from glass!
If it has been a while since you’ve cleaned the shower and the mineral deposits are thick and crusty, extra scrubbing, scraping, and stronger cleansers are necessary to get the job done.
Time to get that Glass Bathroom Door see-through clean again!
Glass shower doors are stunning with their sparkling glass, shiny surfaces, and unique designs. However, they quickly lose their appeal when covered with mineral buildup, soap scum, water spots, and mildew. Discover to easily remove mineral buildup with some elbow grease and the right cleaning solution for your glass shower door.
Now for the HOW TO!
Recipe for homemade Mineral Buildup Removal
- Dish soap
- White Vinegar
- Spray Bottle
This is a miracle homemade cleaner and you can get the complete recipe and how to use guide here.
Alternately go for Shower Power from www.Ozkleen.com for a commercially available alternative. This is my personal favourite cleaner for the shower and the bathroom in general.
Here are some Tips that will save you from having to deepclean your glass shower door!
Here are a few simple ways to improve your cleaning habits in your shower and avoid transmitting the germs to yourself and the rest of your home:
- Clean your shower door regularly. Keeping consistent cleaning schedule that includes the glass shower door will make future cleaning a breeze. If you regularly wipe down the shower door with a water and vinegar soluution it helps to prevent mineral builup and germ buildup. This will automatically reduce your risk of illness. If you do a monthly deep, thorough scrubbing which includes the glass shower door monthly it shouuld avoid buildup of stains.
- Preventing condensation and moisture in the bathroom. Excess moisture caused by steam provides the ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow. Ensure your bathroom is well ventilated and you regularly wash your shower floor and mats.
- Focus on the glass shower door. This is an area that is often neglected and hard water stains, mildew and soap scum can cause an unsightly buildup. To ensure you always have a sparkling glass shower door clean the surface weekly.
- Wash your hands. Washing your hands properly after you have cleaned the shower door to prevent bacteria nad germs from spreading to the rest of your house. Wash your hands with hot soapy water before you go to clean the rest of your house.
Is your shower door frame rusting? – We can tell you how to stop rust in its tracks!
The best way to prevent rust on your shower door frame is to dry the door after every shower. Keep a towel handy and wipe down the entire surface area each time it gets wet.
Keep your taps rust-free by giving them a quick wipe down too after each shower. This makes for a rust-free brand new looking shower, ready for overnight guests.