If your bathroom has a shower door with a protective coating and if you want to know how to clean it properly and what safety precautions should be applied to avoid hard water stains, soap scum, oil stains, etc from your shower glass door then this is the right place.
I will also cover some common doubts regarding cleaning shower glass door that has a protective coating such as:
- Can I wipe it out with a wet cloth?
- Can I use a regular bathroom cleaner to clean it?
- How frequently should I need to clean my shower glass door?
- How long does the protective layer of my shower glass door last?
All of these questions come to your mind and make your mind puzzled about what cleaning solutions to use and what to not.
But don’t worry I’m going to answer every single question with some effective ways to clean shower glass doors with a protective layer on them.
So without further ado.
Let’s get started…
3 Effective Ways To Clean Shower Door With Hydrophobic Coating [Without Damaging It]
Your shower glass door grabs hard water stains, soap scum, oil, and grease stains over time. In this section I covered a detailed guide about why your shower glass door gets these stains and how to clean them effectively:
1. Cleaning Hard Water Stains From Shower Glass Door
Normal glass without protective coating grabs hard water stains easily, this is because normal glass contains tiny pore on its surface if it doesn’t have a hydrophobic coating.
Every time when you take shower these tiny pores are filled with hard water minerals, and without proper cleaning, it becomes hard to clean them.
If your shower glass door has a protective coating then this coating filled those tiny pores of your glass door and now hard water stains sit on the protective coating of your glass door instead of the main surface of the door.
Cleaning those hard water stains from your shower glass door is very easy if it has a protective coating just follow these steps to clean it:
1. One of the best ways to get rid of hard water stains from your shower glass door is to wipe its surface with a dry cloth every time after taking shower.
2. If regular cleaning is difficult then try to clean the shower glass door once a week to maintain its natural look.
3. If you haven’t cleaned your shower glass door for a long time then rubbing with a cloth is not enough. Take one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water and mix them well.
Now take a sponge and dip it into the bucket which has the solution of white vinegar, and rub it over the hard water stains.
4. After rubbing from top to bottom all the surfaces of your shower glass door, leave it for a few minutes (15 minutes or more) then wipe the glass surface and rinse with clean water.
5. Don’t forget to dry the glass surface with a dry cloth.
2. Cleaning Soap Scum From A Shower Glass Door Having Protective Coating
No one likes white film of soap scum on the surface of the shower glass door. The soap contains animal fat, and when it mixes up with the minerals present in the water, makes a white film on the surface of your glass door.
- Magic Eraser (View On Amazon)
- Fresh Water
To clean the soap scum from your shower glass door follow these steps:
Step 1: Take a bucket and filled it with fresh water.
Step 2: Now dip a magic eraser into the bucket.
Step 3: Now rub over the surface of the glass door to clean the soap scum. Move your hand in a circular manner to clean those scummy areas thoroughly.
Step 4: At the end, take a dry cloth to clean the water stains from the shower glass door.
Note: This is an effective and chemical-free method to clean soap scum from the surface of a glass door without damaging its protective coating.
How To Prevent Soap Scum Stains On Your Shower Glass Door?
Instead of cleaning soap scum from your shower glass door, again and again, preventing using products that contain animal fats is a good idea.
You can either use a body wash instead of a soap bar containing organic animal fat. Some brands also make fat-free soap. You can also use these products in your bathroom.
Also Read: Effective Ways To Clean Plastic Shower Floor
3. Clean Oil and Grease From The Shower Glass Door
Although the protecting coating of your shower glass door doesn’t allow water droplets to sit on its surface, it gets oil, grease, etc over time.
To get rid of oil and grease stains from the shower glass door you can use the water and vinegar solution. I’ve already mentioned all the steps about how to use that solution to clean your shower glass door having a protective coating in the cleaning hard water stain sections above.
You have to avoid harsh chemical-based cleaners to clean your shower glass door because they reduces the life of the protective layer of your shower glass door and make it dull and opeque.
If the protective layer break down, your shower glass door won’t repel the water droplets and can get hard water stains easily, and without proper maintenance your neat and clean shower glass door become opaque that you would never want.
Normal shower glass doors are difficult to clean because they won’t repel water stains, but a shower glass door with a protective coating does. Normally a shower glass door with a protective hydrophobic layer will last many years and some last a lifetime.
To maintain its looks and life, proper cleaning and care are necessary. I’ve mentioned some effective cleaning solutions to clean it in this article. I hope this article helps you to clean your shower glass door with a protective layer.
Q.1 Can I Use Regular Bathroom Cleaner To Clean Shower Door With Protective Layer?
Ans: Try to avoid using regular bathroom cleaner or a toilet cleaner to clean the shower glass door because they might contain harsh chemicals that can damage the protective layer coating and make your shower door dull and opaque.
Q.2 How Frequently Should I Need To Clean My Shower Glass Door?
Ans: Clean the glass surface of your shower door every time after taking shower. You can use a squeegee or a dry cloth to clean and dry the water droplets and soap scum from your glass door surface. If regular cleaning is not possible try to clean it once a week. The longer you avoid cleaning it, the more effort you will have to do to clean it.
Q.3 What’s The Best Way To Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean?
Ans: One of the best ways to keep glass shower doors clean is to use a squeegee to clean the shower door glass surface every time after taking shower. You can also use a dry cloth to clean and dry the shower glass door having a protective coating.
Q.4 How Does A Shower Coating Work?
Ans: Normally a glass contains numerous tiny pores on its surface, that grabs hard water stains, soap scum, and grim over time. To prevent these unwanted stains and grime on your shower glass door, we can apply a hydrophobic protective coating on the glass door. It fills those tiny pores and repels the water droplets from the glass surface.