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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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.
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.
By Jimmy G04/23/2011
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.
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.
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. :-)
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.
Wd 40 really works and resist new.
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.
By Louise B. 07/27/2010
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.
By Betty 07/25/2010
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.
By Becca J 07/24/2010
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.)
By shelly 07/24/2010
Cheap hair shampoo on a regular sponge. Rub it on and then rinse. It should come right off.
By Lilac 07/24/2010
It might not be soap. It could be hard water minerals. Try Lime Away on it.
By metroplex 07/22/2010
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.
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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.
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 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.
What can you clean you glass shower doors with, so soap scum stays off of them?
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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