The glass door of your bathroom adds an extra dash of elegance when maintained sparkling clean, but more often than not, they are stained with grime and scum that are more stubborn than your neighbor’s kid! Pun aside; we are as serious as you when it comes to how to clean the bathroom glass door.
The glass shower doors over time get accumulated with soap or shampoo scum, some greasy or oily prints which take away the aesthetics and also feel unhygienic when used by another person. Cleaning them regularly may be too much to ask when held up with a busy schedule.
However, soap scum are something very natural and common given the use, which is obviously a human bathing place and therefore bound to get dirty over a period of time with scum and grime. Therefore, here we shall discuss some natural and synthetic cleaning agents that will keep the bathroom clean for a longer period.
How To Clean Bathroom Glass Door – Sparkling Clean Tips!
Soap scum is alkaline and we would need something acidic to clean it off, vinegar is a natural acid which off course baking soda is not, but baking soda and salt mixture are natural micro scrubbing agents and to top it up, they are really smooth at it.
Starting with the natural cleaning agents, we have the best options of Vinegar, Baking soda, salt and off course water! While there are many branded cleaning agents available in the market, we would suggest using natural cleaners as a safety measure because of the acid component in many brands.
This can lead to corrosion of utilities and also is a risk for minors.
As a first step:
Cover your face with a safety mask, use rubber handle gloves and if there are any fixtures such as door runners, handles which are exposed and may corrode or lose the luster, cover them carefully with plastic.
Arrange the things that you would be using, such as a hand-spray, a small bucket of water and sponge, a bowl of baking soda and regular salt as per the requirement.
Fill the hand-spray with vinegar and water mixed in the ratio 1:2, that is, if you use 100ml of vinegar, use 200ml of water for dilution. Now spray the mixture all over the glass door, spray it all over the surface, both at the front end as well the back end. Let it remain for about 20-30 minutes.
The vinegar begins to act immediately as it begins to penetrate the soap scum, oil stains and hard water stains.
In a bowl make a very diluted mixture of water and baking soda, soak a clean cotton cloth or any smooth micro-fiber cloth and gently rub over the hard stains from the door, take care with the amount of pressure you apply as more pressure may misalign the door or worst could crack the glass if you are regular with your high volume biceps workout! (Bad joke, indeed), one of the smart ways would be to support the opposite side from your one hand as you clean the front end with another.
Now gently rinse the door with a clean set of water, most of the cloudy dirt should have now been washed away, maybe a few patches of stains may now be left back. If these stains are greasy or waxy, you may now have to use another agent, alcohol.
Alcohol is a fantastic cleaning agent as it is a natural spirit. It could have been used alternately with vinegar, however using white vinegar is a better choice and the strong odor of alcohol may not be suitable for some.
To use alcohol, just take a few drops in a bowl and soak a tiny bit of cloth into it, use this portion to now gently rub over the stains. Most important, do not use any sharp items to scratch the dirt or use your nails.
This could leave the glass door with a permanent scratch mark. Gentle and repeated rubbing is the key!
With the above steps, it’s pretty sure that we have our bathroom glass door spick-and-span. But nevertheless, it’s important that we have a second round of cleaning so that we add a layer of agent to prevent the door catching over dirt easily again.
Also, we are yet to clean off the door handles and runners.
Use an old tooth brush dipped in vinegar solution or alcohol, gentle rub away every corner and curve which is not under direct visibility. Continue with the above steps until you are sure that your bathroom glass door is as clean and sparkly as you wanted.
Ensure that you are using a clean linen or microfiber cloth to rub off the stubborn stains, and a sponge to clean the overall dirt. This will avoid water trail marks.
Now that you have learnt how to clean bathroom glass door, the next tip is on how to make sure that the glass door is clean for a longer duration and not simply accumulate scum the very next day, which would dampen your spirit the next time you think of cleaning it.
Use of baby oil or even lemon furniture oil is a pro tip one could give you. The oil will form a shiny layer over the glass door, as in forming a film that will prevent the soap scum from accumulating on it easily.
The lemon furniture oil will also give a refreshing lemon fragrance that is more appealing to the senses when in the bathroom. Imagine returning tired from all day’s work and the fresh lemony fragrance in the bathroom as you step inside!
Avoid using dishwasher soap or liquid or any detergent powder as they contain talc that aids in scum accumulation. Few detergents may use microplastics that could also scratch the glass door.
As a concluding suggestion, we recommend that you schedule cleaning the Bathroom glass door at least twice a month, this will keep it more appealing and also prevent from getting cloudy and scum accumulation.