After a fun weekend, it’s time to snap back to reality. As your weekend draws to a close, you spend part of your Sundays cleaning your house from top to bottom. Cleaning your shower door isn’t the way you want to end your weekend, but it’s necessary to give it a deep cleaning at least twice a month. If only it were as easy as simply taking a wipe and cleaning your door up and down.
Technically, you could give your shower door a surface cleaning, but this will only do away with visible stains. Soap scum and grime thrive in shower doors that aren’t cleaned thoroughly. Before you can adequately clean your shower door, you’ll need to understand a few basics.
What is Soap Scum?
Soap scum is a white or gray film that covers the surfaces around your bathtubs and sinks. This film can be found nearly anywhere in your bathroom, but it especially makes its presence known in shower curtains, shower doors, tiles, and more. To fight off soap scum, you’ll have to clean your shower door thoroughly, but there is no way to prevent soap scum from forming. Not only does soap scum ruin your bathroom’s appearance, but it can also cause adverse effects. Once soap scum has built up in your bathroom over time, it will attract mildew and mold. Moreover, soap scum can serve as breeding grounds for bacteria. If you have any open wounds, having contact with soap scum can lead to an infection.
What Do I Need to Clean My Door?
Now that you’re aware of how gross soap scum is, you now know that cleaning your shower door is a serious operation. Gather the following materials to help you get rid of soap scum—at least until it grows again in a few days. You’ll need:
- Baking soda
- Window scrubber
- Window squeegee
- Glass cleaner
- Spoon and small container
- Paper towels
Best of all, you can use these products to clean other parts of your home and your car’s windows. Cleaning takes about half an hour, but 15 minutes of it is just letting the baking soda and vinegar sit on your shower door.
How Do I Properly Clean My Door?
Now comes the fun part you’ve been waiting for! Here’s the step-by-step process for cleaning your shower door.
Step 1: Place about ½ a cup of baking soda into your plastic container, then pour vinegar into your baking soda. Mix the vinegar and baking soda with your spoon until you form a pasty mixture.
Step 2: Once your mixture is done fizzing, take your sponge and scoop up some of the paste.
Step 3: Wipe the paste all over your shower door glass.
Step 4: Let the paste sit on your door for 15 minutes.
Step 5: Use a window scrubber and water to clean off the paste mixture thoroughly.
Step 6: Finally, dry off your shower door with your window squeegee and paper towel.
What if your shower door has run its course? You can always replace your shower door with a more modern design. Murray Glass specializes in a wide selection of shower doors, so contact us today to learn more.