Cleaning shower doors properly — and keeping them clean — can be a real challenge. Shower doors are subject to some very difficult types of grime. They can get mildewed or moldy, and they can also get water spots. On top of that, they are up against ordinary dirt and grease as well. Because shower doors have such a difficult time staying clean, you will need to use good strategies and the right materials if you want to keep them clean without wasting a lot of time and effort. The following tips should prove a big help when you clean your shower doors.
Borax is a great cleaning material. It does not give off harmful fumes, and can be used to kill many common things that grow in showers, such as mold and mildew. However, it is toxic, so keep it away from children and pets, and keep children and pets away from your shower door while you are cleaning.
Get out 1 quart of warm water and then mix 1 tablespoon of borax into it. Stir them together, and use a sponge to soak up some of the resulting mixture. You can go over affected areas of your shower door with your sponge — it will kill mildew and mold effectively. Dead mildew turns white, so checking the color of the affected areas as you clean is a good way to see how well you are doing.
After you are done using borax to clean your shower door, rinse it off. It is still toxic, so you do not want to leave any behind.
Hard water spots are notoriously hard to remove — often because the only thing available to wash them away with is more hard water. Luckily, you can remove hard water spots using a mixture containing vinegar. Mix equal parts vinegar and water and soak a sponge in the resulting solution. Use the sponge to go over your shower door.
Vinegar is also great at keeping down mold and mildew growth. It is good at both killing existing growths and preventing new ones. Washing regularly with vinegar is a great idea. However, vinegar is not as strong as borax, so using it to kill existing mold and mildew is not ideal, and should only be done if you have no better options.
You can prevent a lot of problems in advance with the right strategies. Mold and mildew need moisture to grow. Naturally, your shower ends up very moist. However, if you take steps to minimize the moisture in your shower when it is not in use, you can prevent a lot of mold and mildew growth before it even starts.
First, use a towel to keep your shower door dry after using your shower. Though your shower door still gets wet, it does not stay that way long enough for anything to start growing there. Additionally, you should open all of your doors and windows in your bathroom after using the shower and make sure your vents are open. Proper ventilation in your bathroom means that, again, moisture will not build up in excess.