Taking a shower with soap is a necessity, but it really gets in the way of keeping your glass shower doors clean. Soap scum buildup makes your shower door look dirty, so regular cleaning is essential. There are numerous ways to get rid of unsightly soap scum, but there are also techniques you can employ to keep scummy buildup from returning in the future.
The acid in white vinegar essentially melts the soap scum so you can easily wipe it off the glass. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and liberally spray your shower door. Leave the vinegar to sit for a few minutes and then wipe the soap scum off. Depending on how much soap scum there is on the door, it might take a repeat application to fully remove any trace. As an added bonus, white vinegar leaves a streak-free shine so your door looks as good as new.
Mix a half cup or so of baking soda with just enough water to create a gritty paste. Using a rag, gently rub the baking soda paste onto the shower door. This will take a bit of elbow grease, but the gritty texture of the baking soda will help loosen and remove soap scum. Rinse the entire door with water and then reapply in any areas where stubborn soap scum is still holding on.
There are many conventional cleaners on the market that claim to help you remove stubborn soap scum. These can be quite effective at removing the soap scum, but be sure to read the application and use directions carefully.
Preventing Soap Scum Buildup
Buy a water squeegee and put it somewhere in your shower or bathroom. After every shower, take the squeegee and sluice the water off the shower door. Any soap residue, dead skin cells and bacteria that would normally have combined to form soap scum will be washed down the drain instead. Leave the shower doors open so they can completely dry, as well. A weekly spray of white vinegar after the shower door has dried is another effective way to cut down on how much soap scum builds up on the door.
A Helpful Tip
Plan to clean soap scum off the doors after you've taken a hot shower. The steam will help loosen the soap scum so it's easier to remove. If cleaning after you take a shower seems counterproductive, run the hot water for a few minutes before cleaning the shower doors.
To replace a door, contact professionals, such as those from Glass Service Center Inc.