How To Clean Glass Shower Doors
by Nancy DeZarn
How, exactly, DO you clean a glass shower? Hopefully, if you're reading this, you've already purchased your brand new glass shower enclosure (from Dulles Glass!) Or, maybe you are trying to determine what the maintenance is like if you choose to go the glass shower route. Well, we're here to tell you the best ways to clean your glass shower - whether you have a standard glass shower or ordered one with a protective glass coating.
Treated Glass Shower Doors vs. Untreated Glass Shower Doors
One decision about your shower is whether to get it treated with a glass protector called ClearShield when you purchase it. We certainly recommend making this small investment in the future of your shower enclosure. This protective coating has several benefits:
- Makes your shower easier to clean
- Repels dirt and hard water stains
- Protects the surface of your shower from minor scratches
- Keeps your shower door looking great for years to come
Ordinary, uncoated glass becomes worn no matter how often you clean it, because glass is an inherently porous, rough surface. Glass looks and feels solid, but it isn’t—without a ClearShield coating, your glass will absorb water, bacteria, and dirt over time and slowly but surely begin to look worn out and aged.
Untreated glass needs to be cleaned each and every time the shower is used, but glass treated with ClearShield has a much more streamlined care routine.
How Clearshield Keeps Your Shower Door Clean
ClearShield is a polymeric resin coating that transforms the surface of the treated glass from being rough and filled with nooks and crannies to be very smooth. That special smoothness makes it very hard for debris and dirt to adhere to the glass surface, or penetrate it.
The ClearShield shower door glass coating bonds directly to the glass surface, sticking to it at a molecular level and making it almost impervious to the elements. Rest assured, ClearShield is non-toxic and non-hazardous so you can safely use it with kids or pets around.
Step-by-Step: How To Clean Coated Shower Doors
With ClearShield, you’ll be able to clean your shower doors less often, with less effort. To clean your ClearShield-treated shower:
- Every Few Days: use a squeegee on the inside surface.
- Once a Week: Use standard glass cleaner to touch it up.
- Once a Month: Spray with ClearShield Aftercare, a product designed to work with ClearShield to keep your shower looking new.
If you didn’t opt for ClearShield, you’ll have to work a little harder to keep your shower clean.
- Every Day: Squeegee the inside of your shower after use.
- Every Other Day: Use a gentle glass cleaner to touch up your shower. You can even use a simple solution of water and ammonia to clean your shower.
Keep in mind, NEVER use harsh chemicals to clean your shower, shower hardware, or sweeps and seals. This could cause your shower to be damaged and not function properly.
Hard Water Shower Cleaning Problems
Also, remember that everyone’s water is different. If you have excessively hard water, ClearShield will still repel the water, but you may find that you have to increase the amount of maintenance you’re doing. You may want to consider having your water tested and corrected to not only make clean up easier but also to protect the finishes of your tile and shower hardware.
Enjoy your new Dulles Glass shower for years to come!