I have tried everything from CLR, Jif, sugar soap, Magic Eraser, metho and water, Shower Power, and a foam type soap scum remover and still the shower is white instead of clear. The shower is a clear glass shower door, and smooth, not the rough type. I do cleaning for a living and this shower has me stumped. The owner uses Solvol which doesn't make thing any easier and they don't wipe the shower down. What do you suggest that I use to get this off?
Jenny from Townsville Australia
The only thing I can suggest would be full strength white vinegar. Do the doors lift off so you can work on them in a flat position? I'd saturate an old towel and leave it on the surface for as long as possible.
Toilet bowl cleaner (such as Sno Bol) will remove a lot of gunk off of glass, but it will damage and discolor metal frames, rubber gaskets, etc. and it's dangerous to mess with like that. You don't want to be breathing the fumes and splattering the solution on yourself and everything else. Don't ask me how I know. (11/09/2005)
By Grandma Margie
OK, don't laugh when I tell you that the best thing to clean the shower doors is already in the shower. Think about it, what is that film on the shower door? It's dirt and oils from your skin. Use cheap hair shampoo. That's the whole purpose for shampoo right, break down oils and clean dirt from your hair. You don't have to spend extra on the fancy shampoos, use the store brand. Squeeze some on a scrubbing sponge, and use a circular motion, "wax on, wax off". I swear, you can do this while you are actually in the shower, and it'll clean it right up. (11/09/2005)
That is a tough one. I do housecleaning for a living, too, and I am absolutely convinced that the worst thing about housecleaning is the bathroom. The shower and tub in particular. Most of the time I would rather clean a toilet than a shower. They come clean so much easier.
The only thing I know to try that maybe you haven't, is a product called "Bar Keeper's Friend". I don't know if it is available in Australia or not, but if it is I would sure encourage you to try it. It's the only thing that took the hard water stains and soap scum off my tub at home. I had tried absolutely everything, too. I'm sure glad I found it. Good luck. (11/09/2005)
I spray down the shower with my usual shower cleaner, wait 5-10 minutes and then wipe clean with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. (11/10/2005)
Had the same problem someone told me to use a product called Whink. It says its a rust remover. I got it at the hardware store. Comes in a small brown plastic bottle. Also, there is a web site to order. Wear gloves when using. I applied it in small areas at a time using a sponge. It is absolutely the only thing that cleaned my clear shower door. I tried everything. (11/10/2005)
I recently read somewhere that Dawn dishwashing liquid is the best thing to remove soap scum from shower doors. Don't know if it's available in Australia, but if so it would be worth a try. (11/10/2005)
I am a house cleaner too. ZEP is the greatest I have found and it really works. It comes in gallon size for about 9$ at Home Depot or Lowe's. You dilute it 10 times for basic cleaning. I usually use full strength for stubborn jobs. Works excellently in bathrooms and kitchens. You can also use in the laundry. If using full strength make sure to get back in there in 5 minutes to rinse down. Good luck. ZEP really makes cleaning the bathroom fun, believe it or not. (11/10/2005)
If all else fails and you can get it, try Lime-a-Way. Follow instructions on bottle. Then after you get the soap scum off and doors rinsed and dried, put a thin layer of lemon oil (furniture polish) on the glass doors. The white soap scum will not build up. Be sure you don't get the oil in the bottom of the tub/shower floor. Slippery. Good luck. (11/11/2005)
I had the same problem, use to use a green scrubby with Comet, then rinse with hot water. My shower head converts also into hand held. Then I would wipe down with vinegar and water. Until my husband came home last summer with the Shark Steam cleaner, the newest one has a soap dispenser, also. Well I tried steaming the doors and it worked. I haven't even used the soap dispenser yet. Had a project of taking old wall paper off, last summer. Well when my husband brought that home my job on the wall paper was a breeze, then I tried the shower doors and it worked. I'm not advertising the product, but it does work great.
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I cleaned my shower door with WD-40. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation when you clean with this. (12/05/2006)
From years of professional experience this is what I would suggest. First using a dry steel wool pad (0000 fine "not" SOS) on the dry glass doors. This will not scratch the surface it will actually remove any stubborn debris, stains, and deposits left by soap and hard water. Make sure the doors are real glass and not plastic. Then when they are clean I would apply a very light coat of lemon oil (the real stuff), RainX (for auto windshields), or even car wax to help prevent further clouding. Making sure you buff off all these products completely. This process will also work on stubborn grime on exterior windows. (10/09/2007)
By Meredith NH
I use Gel Gloss. It is in a pink can. It cleans, shines, and protects. It is great for marble, fiberglass, the grungiest boats and showers. It is applied, let dry, and buffed off. It protects like a wax and the water will pebble off. I do my marble vanity, tub, tub surround, and folding shower doors about every 6 months to a year. (12/03/2007)
We had that same problem in a house we moved into. I tried a very strong solution of water and bleach (make sure a window is open) and soft scrubbing pad. That worked. Actually I found after it cleaned the build up, we had a very petty frosted design on the glass. (12/09/2007)
I just cleaned my doors with auto rubbing compound. I took doors off and put them on sawhorses in garage. Worked well. My problem was spots mostly, but some whitening, also. (09/02/2008)
Lemon oil used on wood furniture works wonders on shower doors. It removes the soap scum and protects from future build up. Once you clean the doors you will wipe away the excess oil leaving a light coating. The oil can also be used on the metal track and parts. I cleaned estate homes using this trick.
Mary in Camden, MI USA (01/22/2009)
I gave up on my small shower doors and took them off and put up a shower rod and curtain. Much better. (03/22/2009)
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