How to Clean and Maintain a Glass Shower How to Clean and Maintain a Glass Shower
A glass shower is the ultimate luxury item for an upscale bathroom, but cleaning and maintaining a glass shower can be challenging. Thankfully, with a little knowledge and preparation, the task is manageable. Invest in a few natural products and some effective cleaning tools, and you will have a green cleaning kit that will help you keep your glass shower looking new for many years.
Step 1: Make Scouring Cleaner
Often, shower floors need scouring to remove stubborn stains. You can make a simple scouring cleaner with baking soda and borax. Mix two parts baking soda with one part borax. Store the mixture in a sealed container.
Step 2: Make Glass Cleaner
Mix 1 cup distilled white vinegar with 1 cup water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. This recipe is good for daily cleaning. For tough jobs, mix together one cup of rubbing alcohol, one cup of water and one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Though rubbing alcohol is not a natural products it does an excellent job of cleaning glass. Be sure the bathroom is well ventilated when using rubbing alcohol.
Step 3: Clean Shower Floor and Tiled Walls
Take a damp sponge and apply a small amount of scouring cleaner. Clean the shower faucet and walls (except the glass walls) and rinse them well. Next, turn on the cold water for a few seconds to wet the shower floor. Then, sprinkle some of the scouring cleaner over the floor. The amount you use will depend on the size of your shower floor. Take a damp sponge or scrub brush and scour the shower floor. If your shower floor is tiled, be sure to clean the grout lines thoroughly in order to prevent mildew stains.
Step 4: Clean Glass Walls
Use the daily glass cleaner for lightly soiled glass walls. Spray the glass walls evenly and wipe them down with a microfiber cloth. Spray them a second time and use a glass squeegee to remove the cleaner. Starting at the top left corner, place the squeegee at a 45-degree angle and lightly pull it across the glass. Repeat until the entire glass wall is clean. For heavily soiled glass walls, the cleaning process is the same. Simply, use the rubbing alcohol cleaner instead of the daily glass cleaner.
Step 5: Deodorize Drain
To prevent bad smells from your shower drain, deodorize it weekly. Pour one cup of baking soda down the shower drain. Then, pour one cup of distilled white vinegar down the drain. The reaction between the baking soda and vinegar will clean the drain by removing soap scum and bacteria. Let it sit for 20 minutes and flush the drain with hot water.
Taking these easy steps will keep your glass shower clean and in good repair.