Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

I have tried everything listed here to clean my shower door and glass walls. The house is only 4 years old and the glass was fine a few months ago. Now it is spotty, hazy and looks scummy. When you feel the inside it seems smooth. Has anyone else had this problem? The glass says it is safety glass. Help.

Julie from Rockvale, TN

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Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

The Mr. Clean Eraser Blocks work well for cleaning water spots off glass shower sliding doors.

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Thanks for the suggestions. (06/28/2008)

By Tom C

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

Lemon oil works great to seal the doors after they have been cleaned or when they are brand new. It makes cleaning a breeze as everything wipes right off. Please do not use Magic Erasers in combination with anything containing bleach. Magic Erasers have ammonia in them and when combined with bleach can be extremely toxic for skin and lungs. (07/01/2008)

By Embermoonbeam

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

I have a cleaning business and I clean with Lime Away and rinse well then dry them. After they are dry use Rain-X on them. They stay clean and the water beads right off of them. My clients rave over them. (07/20/2008)

By PEANUTANG

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

Finazzle on dry door for 5-10min. Single pass with new razor blade. About 5 minutes of actual work. Clean. (08/20/2008)

By Schleppy McBottles

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

I tried Lime Out without luck, then I tried baby oil and a Magic Eraser followed by Dawn dish detergent with Magic Eraser. It isn't perfect, but it is a lot better than it was and close to perfect. (09/06/2008)

By Jim G

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

One way to get the thick soap scum off is to use dry, plain steel wool (not soap pads like SOS) when the glass is completely dry. It abrades the buildup off. It doesn't solve the water spot problem, however. (09/07/2008)

By Dee

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

Right after I read this whole thing, I went to Wal-mart to get either some baby oil or the Barkeepers Friend. I decided to get Barkeepers Friend and I picked up Arm and Hammer Scrub Free. Well, when I got home I tried both, and the Arm and Hammer seemed to work better. It made my shower doors looked brand new again.

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I am so excited that I found something that actually works. One thing though, once you spray it on, you have to be patient and let it sit for a few minutes. This is my problem. I am just too impatient to wait. But, it worked better when I let it sit for a few minutes or so. Then I used the Barkeepers Friend to get out a rust spot that was on the shower floor. It worked. It got the spot out instantly. It was amazing.

I was so amazed, and I am usually never amazed about anything to do with cleaning. Thanks for all the posts on here. You guys just made my day. And to think I got both of these products at Walmart and the bill was for under $5. (10/12/2008)

By Heather

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

After trying several suggestions, I have finally found the solution for me that leaves the shower doors without water marks or streaks. Try Vim with baking soda (it's blue) on a soft sponge. Rinse and then use a window cleaner. Squeegee daily between cleaning once a week, this is the key. Good luck. This works for me. My friends cannot believe how I can keep the shower doors sparkling.
(11/04/2008)

By Sandra

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

Try wetting a dryer sheet and wiping doors down. Then just rinse with a wet sponge. (11/10/2008)

By Karen

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

Try Hydrogen Peroxide. My shower doors get cloudy and also look like they have rust on them. I wet a rag with the peroxide and wipe it all over the door. The film almost instantly disappears. I do this once a week. (11/19/2008)

By Katrina

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

Do you have any shampoo that you did not like? Try that on the shower door using a microfiber cloth then, rinse with water. Then, use a squeegee to remove excess water from top to bottom. Spray some baby oil or any oil you have as a finishing touch. Oops, I almost forgot, I turned on shower first in warm setting for a minute or two to loosen dirt/grime, then, clean shower door. Hope this works for you, too. (11/21/2008)

By Amy

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

We have etched glass for our shower. Only six months old and it started looking white and cloudy. We thought that the chemical in the sprayer that we had installed was etching the glass and there was no solution to fix that. However every time we showered when the shower was steamed over the stain disappeared. We talked with the glass installer and no luck he said it was etched. I couldn't buy into that since it disappeared with the steam from the shower.

We tried several all purpose cleaners. Even tried Listerine, nothing would take it off. Well we happened by Linen and Things as they were going out of business and I picked up a bottle of Dishwasher Magic Plus, removes lime, scale, calcium, soap scum, grease, and iron. It was to be used in the dishwasher.

My wife took the top of and punched a hole in the red plug and squirted it on a rag and started scrubbing the door. Presto! the stain was removed from our etched glass. Dishwasher Magic LLC 1 800 818 magic, also this is the web address www.dishwashermagic.com. I am in no way affiliated with this company and do not endorse the product other than to say that it worked for us and we just tried it on a whim. It's primary use was for a dishwasher. So I'm thinking that something like liquid Cascade or some other dishwasher products might work as well although we have not tried them. Good luck. (12/14/2008)

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By Jeff

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

I had the worst glass doors ever. They were practically opaque with soap and hard water crud. I did this:
Nail polish remover applied with fine steel wool. Use lots of it. Wipe all over a couple times. Let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe off with a clean rag. Then I applied a kind of car oil additive called "Marvel Mystery Oil". This stuff works wonders on the insides of old crusty engines. Get a rag nice and sloppy with it and put it on. The doors immediately look good.

Let that sit for a while and wipe it off with a clean rag. Leave a little oil on the glass. That's a lot of clean for very little effort. This process works on metal too, but the steel wool on polished shiny metal might not be advisable. And don't light any matches while you're doing this.
If you want them any better than this, you'll have to buy new ones. (12/15/2008)

By Flylowguy

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

Cerama Bryte was the only thing that would take the scum off my glass blocks. I tried (Tilex, Scrubbing Bubbles, CLR, PWB, Aquamix Grout Haze Remover, vinegar, wet dryer sheet) and maybe a few other things. If you have stubborn haze/scum you might want to start with the Cerama Bryte. (01/15/2009)

By Jim

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

I have tried all the obvious cleaners like soap scum removers, Lime-away, CLR, vinegar, etc. Then I remembered a method used by auto tint technicians to clean auto glass completely before applying tint. The glass must have everything removed or it will show under the tint. Clean your shower doors first with soap scum remover. There will still be mineral deposits left. Then use Chore Girl copper mesh scouring pads to remove the mineral deposits. I spray white vinegar then scour with the Chore Girl over a small area. Takes a little elbow grease but does remove the mineral deposits. Finally, clean with Windex or equivalent glass cleaner. Works great. The copper pads are softer than glass so there is no possibility of scratching the glass. (01/16/2009)

By Ron in North Texas

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

I tried all the suggestions on this website: using a wet dryer sheet, CLR, vinegar. They did nothing. I had luck with lemon oil and a green scour (Scotch) pad. Made a big difference. My shower doors were 7 years old and were somewhat neglected when we purchased the home. I would say I saw an 85% difference. They are not "brand new" looking, but are very acceptable for a perfectionist like me. I also recommend being patient and letting the lemon oil sit for awhile. Expect to do this procedure 2 or 3 times depending on how bad the doors are until you find a level that is acceptable to you. Good luck. (01/26/2009)

By Ellen

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

I have just completed cleaning my shower doors with success. Thanks to all who posted. The trick for hard water stains is to apply CLR full strength with a rag, let sit for 1/2 hour, reapply full strength, wait 1/2 hour, and stains should be gone. If not, one more application, then rinse. Voila! (02/15/2009)

By Pam

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

If you ever get your glass shower doors clean again install a plastic shower curtain on the inside of the doors, and the glass will stay clean. Good Luck (02/15/2009)

By Richard H.

Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

My shower doors had a stubborn film for years as nothing seemed to work to any effective degree. Then I tried pure white vinegar on a paper towel wiping the entire doors with a firm pressure and waiting about 15 minutes. When I returned I could see the vinegar had loosened the buildup and using the rougher side of a 2-in-1 kitchen sponge with a little elbow grease in a few spots but not any kind of exhausting effort had them clear and sparkling almost as new. Hope it works for others. (05/27/2009)

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