How many times have you looked at your shower and bathroom area and made the stern promise to yourself?
“I will clean my shower glass today.”
And how often do you stick to it?
Like several household chores, the longer you leave it, the worse it becomes. So, let’s explore how you can quickly and easily clean your shower glass the right way.
Why does my shower always seem to need cleaning?
The combination of constant moisture and soap might seem like a recipe for a self cleaning shower, but unfortunately, it’s why you find mildew, soap scum build up and watermarks.
There are a few simple changes you can make that will help you out before you have even started cleaning:
- Switch to a non talc based soap, or an environmentally friendly liquid alternative, to minimise residue buildup
- Keep a squeegee in the shower and get your family or housemates into a habit of wiping down the glass after each shower. It’s a 30 second job!
Start with a blank canvas
It might seem like an obvious one, but start by removing everything from your shower area, including shampoos and soaps. There are no excuses for missing spots in such a small space!
DIY cleaning products that you can create in an instant
Cleaning shower glass requires more than just a can-do attitude. If you don’t like using domestic cleaners in confined spaces, grab some baking soda and mix in with water into a large bowl. Mix up a water and white vinegar solution to have on hand as a final polishing liquid too.
Getting into the nooks and crannies of the shower frame
The shower frame itself is one of the biggest problem areas to keep clean, and is often where mould (learn more about mould removal) or mildew first starts to collect and can often go unnoticed for sometime.
Additionally, rust may start to appear and cause discolouration around the joints and seals.
Get an old toothbrush and use either a purpose made shower cleaning product if you have one on hand, or create your own by combining a tbsp of lemon juice, a dash of warm water and cooking salt.
Scrub thoroughly along all metal surfaces and allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing off as part of your regular cleaning routine.
Polishing the glass panels
Most of your attention will go toward the glass panels themselves, where clouding and soap scum build up tends to occur.
The key here is not to use any abrasive scourers or harsh chemicals that can scratch the surface and cause visible damage. Tiny scratches can become a breeding ground for soap residue so remember to be gentle.
Use a microfibre cloth and spray a generous amount of shower cleaner, or a homemade alternative, and wipe thoroughly from corner to corner, moving downwards.
Finish up with a final polish using dry newspaper.
Take the time to appreciate your hard work
Make sure you check all surfaces after you have finished. Run your finger over the glass and tiles – the surest way to check for any residue is by feeling it.
Your bathroom and shower area should be like every other part of your home – something you are proud of and happy for your guests to see and use. Following these simple tips will help to make sure you clean your shower glass the right way for the best results.
Need a hand with any glass replacement or installation around your home? Talk to the team at Koala Glass to discuss your options today on (02) 49 68 1450.
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