Cleaning and care

Beautiful they are and hard to keep clean. Clear glass shower doors add elegance and visual space to a bathroom if they are spotlessly clean. Cloudy glass shower doors (and walls) ruin the look of the bathroom, but short of never using your lovely clear glass shower, how can you keep the glass clean? Here’s how to remove the gunk and keep clear glass shower doors clean.

Frequently cleaning

Though most people prefer periodic cleaning of the shower enclosure, it is best to avoid accumulation of soap, scum and grease by cleaning the enclosure immediately after showering as opposed to after a fortnight or so. Just after finishing the showering process, use a sponge or a squeegee to wipe dry and clean the shower enclosure walls. The water in the shower tray should be completely drained so that the shower dries quickly. If the water is left for long periods of time, it will result in high humidity levels in the shower which causes mould growth and musty odors.

Checking the functionality of the enclosure

Part of caring for the enclosure involves ensuring that the enclosure is not only properly installed but it works superbly. The hinges and the pivot should swing freely without any obstruction. The glass enclosures should particularly be well taken care of since any small hindrance means they can easily break. To check this is in place, the inside panel of a glass enclosure should close against the wall where the shower is located. The vertical edge of the glass should be parallel to the wall.

Take care for Aluminum shower enclosures

Aluminum shower enclosures are generally resistant to water or physical damage which makes them durable. However, they should be well taken care of at all times. Aluminum enclosures should essentially not be cleaned immediately after the shower but periodic cleaning to remove build up of scum and soap. Abrasive cleaners should not be used on aluminum enclosures. Many people make the mistake of thinking that aluminum is hard enough to handle abrasive cleaners. Harsh abrasive cleaners and many cleaners used on glass will remove the anodized aluminum coating where the shiny coating is lost.