Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

By Patricia Joseph 2

My shower enclosure doors have suddenly got severe soap scum and nothing is removing it. It is on one fixed piece more than the others. What can remove this easily? I have tried vinegar, but nothing doing.

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By metroplex 82 416 Flag

July 22, 2010

There's a lot of info on this site on that subject, but I seem to remember lemon flavored kool aid is supposed to work.

Good luck!

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By Lilac 20 1,329 Flag

July 24, 2010

It might not be soap. It could be hard water minerals. Try Lime Away on it.

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By shelly 2 3 Flag

July 24, 2010

Cheap hair shampoo on a regular sponge. Rub it on and then rinse. It should come right off.

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By Becca J 2 28 Flag

July 24, 2010

Try a little salt with lemon juice on the sponge. Smells nice and works like a champ on both scum and lime deposits (without dissolving your hands.)

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By Betty 104 753 Flag

July 25, 2010

Nothing works like a razor blade. Put a straight blade in the holder and go easy. Then clean the door as usual. I've cleaned the shower stall with razor blades. Liquid soap does not form scum like the bar soap does. Once I switched cleaning is so much easier.

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By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

July 27, 2010

If this has happened suddenly, and did not happen before, I would suspect that something is wrong with your water softener and that it is not working anymore. You might want to check this out. Certainly something has changed -- either the soap you are using or the hardness of the water.

I would try CLR to clean this.

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By Nidia 1 Flag

August 17, 2010

In our previous rental we had soap scum build up and was trying to leave the place really clean before we moved out and found this site. I didn't have baby oil so I used canola oil and it did a great job. We now live in a new rental with clear shower doors the other shower was a little bit clear and wavy design but not really frosted. These are clear shower doors. I tried vinegar, baby oil, magic eraser, windex etc and still had water spots so I thought of the fact that the Jet Dry rinse for dishwashers really takes the spots off my dishes so I tried it on the glass doors and spots removed. Clear like when we first moved in.

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By Debbie 2 Flag

November 16, 2010

Wd 40 really works and resist new.

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By Chris 1 Flag

March 13, 2011

I've tried WD-40, CLR, RustAway Plus, furniture polish, plus the whole lot of supposed products specifically for this occasion. I even tried oven cleaner, which was recommended in numerous places. Still have the lime! But the oven cleaner did manage to destroy the aluminum around the lexan shower door! I have come to the conclusion this stuff is harder than diamonds. Nothing can touch it. This seems to be the reason there are rough or frosted shower enclosures. I really don't care to watch someone shower anyway.

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By Adrian 1 Flag

March 22, 2011

Gumption multi-purpose cleanser is my weapon of choice. Wet the screens with cold water. Use a light scouring pad with plenty of Gumption. Rinse clean with cold water and bingo. Screen are as clean as the day they were installed. :-)

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By neicybird 1 Flag

March 25, 2011

Used Jet Dry, wiped with Magic Eraser then rinsed. Worked well and even cleaned the white shower pan without extra effort. My husband has suggested I use his motorcycle polish to "seal" it all when I am done. Should make water sheet off instead of build up. Probably same effect as Gel-Gloss (Home Depot) which I use on my jetted tub and countertops. Also have had success with Arm & Hammer Cleaner with Oxyclean in conjunction with Magic Eraser in removing build up.

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By Jimmy G 1 Flag

April 23, 2011

After having tried everything listed here I gave it one more try before replacing the shower doors with frosted glass. Kaboom Foam-Tastic did it.

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By brandeeyes 1 Flag

June 28, 2011

Ok became obsessed with mine! I tried every "solution" available the only thing after a week of soaking, scrubbing, home remedies, and lots of frustration, I even tried wheel acid for crying out loud anything I could think of, finally after scraping with a razor blade. I got the idea of using my electric car buffer and s.o.s pads. I tried in the corner first to see if it would scratch it didn't and so I continued. Now, my shower doors are like new, no spots, no haze, nothing on them! Try this and then apply rain x to avoid this from happening again. It is hard work not going to lie but if you want them to look their best and tried everything else go for it.

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By Justjean 1 Flag

January 14, 2012

If after cleaning with any of the methods suggested, and you find your door appears to have that permanent white etching, you can camoflague it really very well by wiping on olive oil and polishing it off with 4-5 paper towels per door. The door wil not look or feel oily. It will continue looking wet and clear. It will last a few days with daily showering. It is nice to know you can have it look good for when company comes or for a house sale. The door shown was cleaned and oiled this AM. It dates from 1979. It has a slight texture to it.

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Does anyone know a good way of removing hardwater stains from glass shower doors? We recently bought this home and the shower doors don't look like they have ever been cleaned. The water in the house is hard water to begin with, so once it is cleaned I will have to keep it up regularly! Any help would be appreciated?

Joanne from CO.

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RE: Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors

We have a product here in Canada called CLR. It removes calcium, lime and rust. It's great for this and so is Spray Nine. (02/14/2005)

By Donna Marie

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After you have them cleaned, vinegar works very well for hard water spots, you can put paste wax (I use Turtle Wax--seems to do best) on the glass and the water will bead up nicely and just wipe away so the build up won't happen again. I also use the turtle wax on the tile walls (but NEVER the floor) of my shower. Just start with an absolutely dry surface and apply the same way you would to a car. Cuts down on the daily/wekly grunt work as the wax only has to be reapplied 2-3 times a year. cj in dallas tx (02/15/2005)

By cjgeo

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We used to live in a house with hard water. I used THE WORKS toilet cleaner. At Wal-Mart for .89. I used it on a porcelain tub, though. I don't think it would damage the shower doors, though. (02/15/2005)

By jillian357

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WHITE VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA. ONCE YOU GET IT CLEAN DRY WELL AND APPLY RAIN-X.
(02/15/2005)

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I had tried everything I could think of, but nothing worked until I applied baby oil (I think maybe most oils would work). I just recently tried Kaboom!, and it worked great.

Terry (02/15/2005)

By terdralynn

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Try some Lime Away and use full strength. Gently scrub it on the glass or chrome. Rinse and apply again till the lime is all gone.( wear rubber gloves) You can leave it on glass but do not leave it sit on chrome to long as it will pit it. Another good product is CLR. Both of these products can be purchased at Wal-Mart or any hardware or grocery store. Good Luck! (02/15/2005)

By Charlotte

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I use Shower Power spray for hard water and soap build-up. I have asthma, and it doesn't bother my lungs to breathe it in while I clean, like some do. Works great, too. (02/15/2005)

By snickybun

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Mr. Clean erasers are amazing. They made cleaning the hard water buildup off my shower tiles the easiest I've ever done. I recommend them. (02/16/2005)

By blpauley

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This is just a quick note to people who are beyond the help of simple solutions like vinegar, Magic Eraser, lemon juice Kaboom, Lime-away/CLR, Soft scrub, oven cleaner, water softener, fabric sheets, or WD-40. I tried all of these and MY spots were not coming off.

When it came down to it, my spots were NOT soap scum, but lime buildup, which is not the same thing. Because glass itself is made up of a great deal of lime, these spots had embedded themselves in the glass. Simply dissolving was not going to work, so I needed a glass polish or restorer.

After a great deal of scrubbing and buffing, Spot X lime remover worked. It is a powder that can be mixed with water and then used to polish the glass. I had to really scrub it, but the spots came off, which is more than I could say of anything else I had tried.

I included before and after pictures too, so people can see what I am talking about. (02/20/2005)

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DON'T use the Works on shower doors! It works great on the glass part, but it will turn all metal black and destroys it. I had to replace the shower handle and the drain, of an apartment I clean for. It took forever just to find the replacement parts that fit properly. (03/01/2005)

By Jody

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I use the cleaner for solid glass stovetops (Cerama Bryte). It works great, but removal with paper towels is a bit of a job, but perfect results! (10/16/2005)

By Jean

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For that build up in the shower. I run the hot water in out of the shower head for a few minutes until there is some hot fog on the shower (like you get on the mirror after a shower) make sure you close the door or curtain. Once that is ready spray lime away full strength, then use your cloth to rub it over all areas. Let stand for a few minutes (not real long dont want it to dry) then wet cloth again using hot water and rub the surface and then rinse with hot water. Works everytime. The hot water trick might work with CLR also.
(02/16/2006)

By Cristy

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I put baking soda on a wet sponge. The mild abrasive scrubbing leaves a film on the glass. Then I poured white vinegar on the sponge and rinsed it off. It bubbled to a sparkly clean. The combo also did a great job on the tile and tub without strong chemical fumes. (08/20/2006)

By Bren

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Try the Mr clean Magic Sponge. It works on EVERYTHING!!! Use water and soap and scrub hard. (09/19/2006)

By Jennifer1975

RE: Cleaning Obscure Stubborn Shower Doors

After moving into a house where the shower doors perhaps had never been cleaned I spent a fair amount of money buying products that promised to work.
None made a dent until I went to Ace Hardware and asked for help.
They pointed out a small bottle about the size of a pill bottle with the name "Nothin's Better" It is actually a fine powder with no chemicals.
If your doors are almost obscure as mine were you might want to use some very fine steel wool dampened and sprinkled with the cleaner as a first step.
After that work on a small area a foot sq. with a soft cloth dampened and sprinkled with the cleaner. When the glass is clean it will squeak when you rub over it. It certainly is a lot of work but the results are well worth it.
I Love the Stuff (09/24/2006)

By Jean

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I've tried for 3 years to clean the ugly water stains on my shower doors (previous owner obviously never cleaned). They were so bad that you almost couldn't see out of them. I tried every combination that is reported here and nothing worked. Even went to the Ace Hardware looking for "Nothing Better" and was told that nothing could get the doors cleaned and that I should buy new doors. Another poster stated that these were actually lime deposits etched in the shower door - so I went to WalMart and got "Lime Out Extra". The trick was applying it full strength directly on the doors. The first two times I would squirt the solution on a cloth to apply it (per the directions - no good). Using rubber gloves, I applied it full strength to the door and scrubbed with a rag. Then I let it SIT! This morning I got up and using a damp rag, wiped down the doors. On my first two attempts I tried wiping down with Windex but the spots came back right back. I absolutely can't believe it - after 3 years I have clean shower doors. I can actually see a spot behind the door pull that I missed. Maybe it was because I put the stuff on 3 times but I really feel that it was because I let the stuff sit on the doors overnight. Now on to the other bathroom! Hope this works for someone else. (09/28/2006)

By wardlawb

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I can confirm the post from the person who recommended Spot-X glass restorer. I had ten years of build-up on our shower doors and over the years had tried everything mentioned here and then some - nothing made a dent. I tried Spot-X yesterday and in about 30 minutes all the shower glass looked like new again - and with no discoloration of the metal. Oh, and to you folks who are combining a recipe of chemicals, most of the combinations you are suggesting are either highly toxic, potentially explosive, or in some cases just combining chemicals that cancel out each others active ingredients. (01/21/2007)

By Chris

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We just bought an older home and the shower doors look like soap scum but actually are the minerals and deposits from well water. I've tried every cleaner and scrub on the market plus some home remedies like the dryer sheet idea, furniture polish and vinegar. My husband thinks mineral spirits from the hardware store would work. Has anyone tried this? (02/02/2007)

By Danielle

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I used baby oil on mine and I can't believe the difference. I have tried everything, baby oil works great. WOW! (02/03/2007)

By kelly

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I tried car polish and rubbed in a circular motion. Waited until it dried and then wiped off. Worked straight away and no hard scrubbing was required. Shower doors are as clean as the day they were installed. I then applied baby oil and have never had a problem again. (02/14/2007)

By Jason

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Lime-Away works great.Spray it on, then wipe with a sponge. And rinse. I use Lime away in the green bottle that you squirt/sqeeze. (02/15/2007)

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I never knew BABY OIL could be so exciting! (except for massage of course) I literally got on this page ten minutes ago, went to try the baby oil on my shower door and now im back on computer with a gleaming shower door, THANK YOU! (02/24/2007)

By Bel xx

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I took the Baby Oil advice. After two days of scrubbing with other products - CLR, Lime Away, Oxy, Comet - nothing worked liked the Baby Oil. I have a semi-frosted and textured shower door and the Baby Oil cleaned it right up. Still cannot believe it. Try the baby oil. Note... wear rubber gloves, then wipe the baby oil off with an old towel or t-shirt. Then I let the water run for a good 5 minutes to "air" out the baby oil smell. (03/01/2007)

By Angela

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i just tried the cleaner that you use for ceramic cook tops. It worked great for taking the lime deposits off the glass shower! Great idea. (03/18/2007)

By pat

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I too had the same problem with the hard water spots being "etched" into the glass (even though we rinse and squeegie every time). My brother-in-law installs shower doors commercially. I called the manufacturer and they sent me a product that is totally awesome. It is called Tekon Gamma Restoration Cream. You simply put it on (a little elbow grease required), let it dry and buff it with a dry soft cloth. I then followed that with Rain X. Tekon has the repellent too, but I haven't used that. The Tekon is hard to purchase but most shower door companies are able to get it, just ask them. I swear it is awesome! (03/25/2007)

By Ruthie in Ms

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After spending all day trying to clean my shower (I live in an apartment so many years of build up) I gave up and decided to search the web for suggestions. I am so glad I found this site. I have a plastic (fiberglass maybe?) shower and doors and I am guessing part of the metal is fake too. Here is what worked best for me:

LIMESCALE: vinager and water solution

SOAP SCUM: oil (I used vegetable oil, if only I knew this a few hours ago:)

SPOTS, i think mineral deposits: rubbing alcohol (still not easy to get off but works better than the vinager did and I feel like I am making progress.)

Hope this helps. (05/22/2007)

By Nehemaut

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I have clear glass shower doors and tried the ceramic oven cleaner but did not have the results I was hoping for. Had to scrub really hard in one spot just to get it clean. I had success with Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner by SC Johnson. Large Green spray can. Just spray it on very densely and let it sit for 5 minutes or so before wiping off with a wet cloth. May have to repeat depending on how dirty they are. (06/06/2007)

By DK Fredster

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It works, BAR KEEPERS FRIEND is the secret! $1.59 at WalMart. Don't waste your money on anything else. I made a paste on a nylon scotch brite-type pad and began to scrub. It took about 3 times for my doors. Next, I'm going to try baby oil to see if it works to repell future water spots! Stay tuned... : ) (06/10/2007)

By Coo

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Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of peroxide and 1/4 cup of dawn dish soap. This produces no fumes, only oxygen. Scrub with a scotch brite pad and rince with water. repeat as necessary. Got this recipe off of TV. It works very well.

Also, if you are using some of these other chemicals listed in other posts, be really careful if you have an acrylic tub (fiberglass). Most of the newer tubs on the market are acrylic. Many of the chemicals listed in other posts will damage them. Speaking from experience. (06/10/2007)

By Jason M

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I know this has nothing to do with cleaning shower doors, but I thought it was interesting. My friend has glass shower doors and she puts Foam Shaving Cream on them (then wipes dry). She says it will keep your shower doors from fogging up!! (07/05/2007)

By Kaylee

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I'm a poor college student moving out of my apartment and I wanted to leave the place spotless for the next tenant, which was easy until I got to the shower doors. I tried everything under the sun and nothing worked. And then I had a crazy idea. Armed with only a paper towel and a bottle of Vegetable Oil I went to work. It looks AMAZING. Completely clean, no scary smells, I don't feel like I am going to pass out and my arms didn't fall off from having to scrub too hard. Try it! (07/11/2007)

By Megan

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After reading this forum, I decided to try the glass stove top cleaner on my shower doors. I just purchased a new home with the glass cooktop and had it handy. It took about 30 minutes start to finish, the doors look good as when I closed on the new home ! Outstanding ! I followed up with a cleaning of Windex to put a shine on them. The product I used is called Cerama Bryrte from the Home Depot. On its label, it says you can use on Glass Shower doors, and fiberglass tubs, so it will not scratch up your tub. No fumes either.
Cerama Bryte it is! Thanks to the folks for this idea. (07/20/2007)

By Frank

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Try Bring-It-ON water spot remover. It's a paste that you wipe on, leave on for a few minutes to dissove the minerals, and wipe off. Invented by a gal that got tired of trying things that didn't work!
(09/04/2007)

By donrowlett

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I also have tried everything I can think of. I used to use ajax cream with scorer pad in my recent home and it worked. Does not work with this home. I tried CLR today and nothing. I tried commercial products just about everything of shelf. I tried vinegar, lemon juice,(separate and then together) I got desperate and tried baby oil. I am not sure if it just masks the white stains in the glass or has fixed it. At the moment it looks better than it was looking. It looked like foggy glass with lots and lots of white stains inside the glass.I am thinking of trying the glass stove top cleaner and oven cleaner too if not happy with the baby oil. Will keep you informed. It has cost me a lot of money over the past year trying to clean these doors. So far baby oil has it looking better than it was. Thank you for the tips. Not much fun trying out the different brands that don't work. (09/09/2007)

By karen johnston

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If you save your used dryer sheets you can clean the shower door with that. It works great!! (09/12/2007)

By Crystal

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I can't believe I've spent so much time and money on fancy cleaning products which didn't work - and ten minutes with some bath oil (all I could find) on a green kitchen pad and my shower doors are clean.
Thanks very much! (09/14/2007)

By Irene

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I didn't have any baby oil so I tried the Vegetable Oil. After applying to my glass shower I wiped clean with hot soapy water. I cannot believe how clean and clear my shower is. I am thrilled with this cleaning solution. Thanks to everyone who posted such great cleaning tips. (09/17/2007)

By Lisa

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I moved into a new house 6 years ago. Every time I use the shower I squeegie the whole shower enclosure then wipe it down with an old towel so there is no water to make spots. It's kind of a hassle but after 6 years my shower doors and enclosure still look like the day I moved in! (10/08/2007)

By jean

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We have a euro shower door with no frame. Protective coating actually makes it harder to clean. We have a rainsoft water softener, but water spots still build up along with soap scum. Windex did nothing. Tried baby oil, just made a gewey mess. WHITE VINEGAR to the rescue. Slathered it on with a small sponge, undiluted. Let a coating sit for about 10 minutes. Cleaned it off with glass cleaner. The glass looks like new. I figured vinegar would work because of how clean it gets the coffee pot. I have no patience to squeegie my shower every time, forget that. (10/12/2007)

By kamadden

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I stick by my solution. My euro shower door problem *is* mainly hard water stains. Straight white vinegar works. (10/25/2007)

By kamadden

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We just recently bought a new house and I couldn't get the soap scum to come off so I went on here and I seen the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I took the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and some cleaner from Dollar Tree Called Non Abrasive Gel Cleaner with Bleach and it took every bit of it off. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser's are also good for glass top stoves. Good Luck (10/25/2007)

By Seay29

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After removing the stubborn stains from the glass, continue to keep it clean daily by using a squeegee after each shower. This can be a small unit purchased from an auto parts store. It only takes a minute to clean the glass while still in the shower stall and the hard water stains won't have a chance to build up again. (11/21/2007)

By Tracey

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Thank You for the idea of using dryer sheets on shower doors and baby oil and the rain x. I am currently in process of this and it is truly working. It is a bit of work but I am not afraid of a little work. If I ever buy new shower doors again I will put rain x on them before ever installing them. Thank You for the awesome ideas (01/01/2008)

By Michelle

Lemi Shine

If you go to the FAQs section of the Lemi Shine website and look under "What is Lemi Shine composed of?" It reads, "Lemi Shine is an all natural product, which is composed of natural fruit acids and oils. Lemi Shine does not contain phosphates."
(01/06/2008)

By Guest

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I just scrubbed my shower doors with cola (make sure it contains phosphoric acid) and a kitchen sponge. It worked amazingly well!! (01/13/2008)

By Sally

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Jumping for joy in Maryland. I bought a house that was only a year old and tried nearly everything to get the shower doors clean only to conclude that the hard water had actually etched the glass and that nothing could be done. I tried Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Oven Cleaner, CLR, Lime Away, Kaboom, Dryer Sheets, Lemon Pledge, Vegetable Oil, Vinegar and Baking Soda. Finally tonight I tried the glass cooktop polish that came with our cooktop. Within a minute, the spots were 90% gone and there were no toxic fumes to deal with. I can't wait until tomorrow to finish up. Thanks for the suggestion! (01/22/2008)

By Sally

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I just tried glass cooktop cleaner and had awesome results. When I applied it thick on a 5x8 surface and scrubbed with a green kitchen scrubber pad it looks brand new and glossy smooth. As I watered it down and contined to clean further it no longer worked. I will be going out and buying a large bottle to do my entire shower door. **Apply thick cream with no water** (02/07/2008)

By Samantha J.

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I'm was trying to clean up some frosted glass shower doors that I purchased used. (Now I'm thinking they sold them because they couldn't clean them!) Tried the "usual" cleaners (many mentioned in previous posts) with no luck. Googled "cleaning shower doors" and landed on this site. Since I had vinegar and most likely some type of oil on hand, I decided I would a least try these suggestions.

The vinegar easily removed many of the problem areas but I still had some unsightly streaks. Couldn't find any baby oil or veg oil in my house so I tried Avon Skin so Soft. I'm amazed! They look as good as new now and even smell good too! I plan on passing this tip on to others. Thank you! (02/14/2008)

By Susie in CdA, Idaho

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I heard the car product "raindance" was good but I read the label and it says do not use on interior surface. kb (02/23/2008)

By kb

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I recently handed my daughter some Softsoap to clean the shower. I was thinking that she would use that on the tile and shower pan, but she used it on the glass as well. I was surprised and amazed to find the glass shiny and new looking (our doors are relatively new).

You can also try repeatedly using a paste made with baking soda and a little water. Coat the area that you are trying to treat with this paste, and leave it for 1/2 hour. Then use a vinegar and water mixture to clean this off. Baking soda is alkaline to bond with the soap scum, the vinegar is acid to break it up, and the water takes it away. (03/09/2008)

By Moira

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Wow! I tried Baby oil, vegie oil, vinegar,ceramic stove top car cleaner, all the usual commercial products and sorry to say non worked. BUT I had magical results with Chemico Paste and a good ole Goldilox - none of which are recommended on this type of surface, my theory is I would rather have scratched clean doors than scummy grimy ones. I have to admit I scrubbed for 2hrs..I then wiped with damp cloth, dried with old towel and then coated with Pledge Polish to repel the water - not sure if the Pledge will work. I am so amazed that I am looking forward to attacking the glass wall when I restock! (03/10/2008)

By Jude in New Zealand

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This site was so helpful! I had tried so many products, also, and none worked. From this site I tried 2 suggestions. The Mr. Clean sponge worked some but not enough to my satisfaction. So, I tried the veggie oil on the Mr. Clean sponge and success! The veggie oil smears around until the hard water stain is gone and then you have a clean shower door. I am going to apply the veggie oil one more time for my own satisfaction but I am happy with the difference one application has made. I have also realized that the shower mist I use was part of the issue for this shower door. I don't use it on the door anymore. (03/21/2008)

By Mary

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It's obvious we all live in different areas of the country. In Florida, we have limescale, rust, etc. in ADDITION to soap scum. I've been reading along trying to find natural ways to get rid of the LIMESCALE that's obviously clouding and spotting up my doors. I've been trying vinegar and baking soda, now I'm going to try the glass cook top cleaner and scour pads, and magic eraser. Yes, I've tried limeaway and Kaboom and still can't get it off. I refuse to try CLR and harsher chemicals because of the environmental impact. I need to steer clear of chemicals from now on as much as possible because my husband has asthma. So I'm really looking hard for natural cleaners.

Remember - don't be mixing chemcials if you want to keep your lungs healthy.

If I find what really works for limescale, I'll report back. If not, good luck and bring on the new set of doors covered in baby oil! (03/26/2008)

By Florida Mom

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I have an all glass shower doors. I don't try to get the water spots off every time I clean the tub, so this time I wanted all the spots off the glass. Well, it was very difficult to remove the spots. I tried everything I had in the house and everything you people mentioned on this web site and others. Well, I finally tried Professional- Strength Lime-A-Away. The trick was to keep spraying and letting it soak for a few minutes then rinse and repeat until all the spots are gone. My glass is now spotless and I will try to use an Invisible Shield Surface Protectant on them. Good Luck. (03/31/2008)

By Cheryl Kelley

Archive: Cleaning Stubborn Shower Doors


I have stains on my shower door! I don't know if they are hard water or soap scum. I use Tilex shower cleaner everyday. This stain is spotty and not all over the door, it's has a cloudy look to it. When wet it is hard to see but when it dries it is visible.

I've tried cleaning supplies, even razors on the stain. I've tried Oven Off, Spot X, all bathroom cleaners. If it says hard water or soap scum cleaner on it I have tried it. This is the second set of doors this stain has appeared on and the first set I threw out because I thought it was a flaw in the doors. Not the case.

This stain seems to penetrate the pours of the glass and bury itself beneath the surface. I am at a loss, if anyone has experienced these stains and found a solution let me know. Thanks!

Bill from Detroit, Michigan

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I have been in the auto detailing biz for about 10 years on the island of Maui and now I am starting up in Bend, Oregon. I came across a product called "Nothin's Better" and fell in love with it! It is all natural no chemicals, perfumes or dyes and it works awesome! It cleans glass, tile, porcelain, fiberglass and stainless. I have spent a lot of money on stuff to clean water spots and this is one product that i have stuck with. If you want to find out more info you can contact me at final touch mobile auto detailing dot com. (04/07/2008)

By final touch

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Is baby oil actually used on babies anymore? (04/10/2008)

By Clive

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Is the oil cleaning the doors or is it just masking the coatings that have built up? If they don't show up when wet, but are visible when dry, doesn't oil just apply a permanent coating to them to make them look somewhat "wet"? (04/10/2008)

By Pamela

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Eventually (even the maker will tell you this) Rain-X causes a permanent film on glass. (04/10/2008)

By Pamela

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I cleaned my shower doors last night. They were really looking bad and I read some of the articles and decided to try the MR CLEAN Magic Eraser. With a very little big of elbow grease and a few drops of hair shampoo my shower doors now look like brand new. Thanks for all the suggestions. (04/13/2008)

By Rich

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Once you get your shower doors clean the best thing that you could do to keep them clean is to keep a squeegee close by and dry off the glass EVERY time your done showering. If not the water spots will come back and you will be scrubbing away once again! (04/19/2008)

By final touch

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Lemon Juice works great! I had a heavy build up of soap scum and hard water stains. 100% lemon juice removed it all. I was recommended to use lemon oil, but because I didn't have any at the time, I used what I had, 100% lemon juice. (04/24/2008)

By Vet

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Thanks, the baby oil is a time saver. My shower doors were a mess, full of soap scum and a grimmy subtance. Within ten minutes my shower door was clean and gleaming. I love the baby oil!!!!!! (04/25/2008)

By Dawn Jones

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I used the skin so soft and it was amazing. (05/02/2008)

By b marchuk

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Bill: Use Lemon Oil. No hard rubbing and will also remove scum from frame. I learned this 25 years ago from a friend who cleaned houses for a living.
(05/26/2008)

By KeriL

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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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The Mr. Clean Eraser Blocks work well for cleaning water spots off glass shower sliding doors.
Thanks for the suggestions. (06/28/2008)

By Tom C

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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

By Karen

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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

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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

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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)

By Jeff

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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)

By maclan

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What can you clean you glass shower doors with, so soap scum stays off of them?

By tinabina859 from Covington, KY

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The best thing I found was the Go-Jo hand cleaner that mechanics use. I would remove the doors for easier access. Then I put some on a damp cloth and apply it using a circular motion one row at a time. I would then put the doors back in and use the shower to rinse them. It worked really good, but it didn't prevent the soap scum buildup. I still had to clean the doors on a regular basis. (06/16/2009)

By monica-maria

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I use "Krud Kutter" I purchased at Lowe's. It's actually a safe for plants, kids, etc. cleaner used with pressure washers for your house. It's about $13 per container and I've used it lots for general household cleaning (especially the bathtub, you don't have to clean it as often). Great stuff. (06/19/2009)

By GrannyGoff

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I don't know of anything that will keep it from coming back, but orange oil will take soap scum right off, almost no effort. I use Medina concentrate, 2 T. per half gallon of water. I have not tried this, so fair warning, but I've heard that car wax works nicely to make shower doors repel water. (06/19/2009)

By AnnieNP

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There's a product called RainOff. It's a windshield treatment that most automotive stores carry. Cleans and repels water, bugs, dirt, etc. and it works great. Here's a link where you can read about it and purchase online if you wish to:

wattsmotoringaccessories.com(06/19/2009)

By Deeli

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Just read every one of these and thanks to all. I've tried several commercial products already like Lime-Away and Kaboom with poor results. I decided to try two new things side by side on my heavy mineral deposits on clear glass doors. I used two kinds of stove top cleaner (Whirlpool and Whink) against a cleaner I use for my fireplace glass doors, Rutland Conditioning Glass Cleaner for Stove, Grill and Hearth. There are several Rutland products for fireplaces so I am purposely being very specific. I also used copper scrubber pads as someone suggested so not to scratch the glass with steel pads or abrasive pads.

After some serious rubbing I compared the side-by-side cleaned areas. End result, all of them worked, but the Rutland cleaner worked significantly better (less effort and clearer). I am very happy with the result and just wanted to let everyone know what worked best for me. Any fireplace shop should have the Rutland product, it is the color of toothpaste. (06/30/2009)

By ukpdam

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After reading everyone's post, I tried baby oil. Amazingly, it worked. I used a new green scrubby with the oil. Initially, it looked like a greasy mess until I used a vinegar soaked cloth and voila it wiped right off leaving much cleaner doors. (07/01/2009)

By clnmom

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I use a Cleret shower squeegee after I shower. That prevents the buildup of all that nasty stuff that forms as water spots. (10/15/2009)

By Seracdog

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I tried everything on the market and managed to get my screen clean, but it was a mission to keep it clean until a friend told me about Clean Shower Buckinghamshire. They are a company that clean showers and coat the glass with a permanent coating. So I had them around to do mine. Perfect, they did a great job and you never have to use cleaning products again. That was a year ago and it's still clean. cleanshower.co.uk. I am not sure the areas they cover. (11/29/2009)

By Andy

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Toothpaste (white) with a Scotch pad/sponge. One I used had peroxide and baking soda in it. I also tried regular white Colgate and it works, too. It was just an experiment. I thought since I take the scratches out of CDs and DVDs with it, it might just work. and WOW!(12/02/2009)

By tarna

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I want to know other than ammonia, what can I clean my glass shower doors with that actually works and keeps the scum away?

By Shannon from Lacon, IL

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Don't let your shower doors get dirty to begin with. Liquid body wash and clear glycerin soap leave much less gunk behind than standard bar soap. After showering, wipe down the shower doors with an old towel or use a squeegee. This helps keep the doors cleaner longer. (03/10/2010)

By OliveOyl

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Best thing to do is prevent the scum in the first place. I switched from bar soap to liquid body wash and that solved the soap scum problem. I read this online. It costs more than bar soap, but I won't use bar soap again. (03/15/2010)

By TXBetty

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Your shower doors will stay cleaner if you use a squeegee on them after showering.
(04/19/2010)

By kemperjl

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I tried lots. The thing that worked best with little work was Bar Keepers Friend. Scrub lightly, and rinse with water. Towel dry. Clean as the day the doors were installed. (04/25/2010)

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