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Cleaning Water Spots on Shower Doors

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Hard water can leave spots on your glass shower doors that are difficult and time consuming to remove. This is a page about cleaning water spots on shower doors.


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January 27, 2011

In the house we moved into the shower door in the master bath is, I think aluminum. I cannot find anything that will clean what appears to be water marks, etc. Can you help me? Have tried numerous things already, Brasso, CLR, LimeAway, etc.

By PatsyLu from Kansas City, KS


January 28, 20110 found this helpful
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You might try rubbing it with a rubbing compound made for cars. I know this works for cars that have water spot build-up from sprinklers and such.

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January 27, 2011

How do I remove hard water deposits on glass shower doors and glass? I tried vinegar, baking soda, and store cleaners including glass products.

By Barb from Tyler, TX


Water Spots on Shower Doors

I got this from the e-How to everything web site:

Removing unsightly water spots from glass shower doors is easy to do. Water spots are caused by dissolved minerals found in hard water, and they become visible when water evaporates and leaves those minerals behind. They often appear as a white, chalky substance and, if left on glass shower doors for extended periods of time, they can become etched into the glass permanently. Preventing water spots is as simple as using the squeegee on the glass on a regular basis to keep it clean and free of the damaging minerals found in water. If you already have water spots on the glass, there are steps you can take to get rid of them.


Difficulty: Easy

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How to Remove Water Spots from Shower Doors

  1. Combine 1 part vinegar with 4 parts filtered water in the empty spray bottle, and test the mixture on the glass shower door to see if it is strong enough to dissolve the water spots without damaging the glass. You may have to adjust this recipe according to how long the water spots have been left untreated. Use more vinegar for tough water spots.
  2. Put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands and spray the mixture along the top of the glass shower door. Let the vinegar mixture sit for a few minutes.
  3. Use the sponge to wipe off the vinegar mixture using circular motions to ensure you don't miss a spot. You should see the water spots begin to dissolve. If not, repeat Step 1 and Step 2 with a stronger concentration of vinegar.

  4. Finish cleaning the rest of the glass shower door as you did in Step 1 through Step 3. You may have to use the abrasive side of the sponge to get stubborn stains off, but make sure to test an inconspicuous part of the glass shower door first to check for possible scratching. Once completed, dry the entire shower door with towels.
  5. Once dry, apply some Rain-X glass treatment. Apply this product, commonly used for automobile windshields, to the glass shower door, according to the manufacturer's directions. Glass is a porous material, so the Rain-X will help to seal the glass's pores from damaging water minerals and effectively prevent future water spots.

Tips and Warnings:
For the most stubborn water spots, you should try using 100 percent vinegar and an abrasive sponge to remove the water spots. Keep a squeegee in your bathroom and use it regularly to prevent future water spots. Consider equipping your home with a water softener to eliminate hard water. Make sure the bathroom is properly ventilated while cleaning.


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Good luck! (10/01/2010)

By Marcia Lips

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September 29, 2010

What can I put on my clear glass shower doors to keep them from getting spotted each day? I currently use a squeegee after every shower, but I know from experience at a rented condo that I can use something to keep them spotless without daily work.

By becca from MI


Water Spots on Shower Doors

I was going to say Rain-X too ;-) You can find it in the automotive section of most large stores (like Target or Wal-Mart) and hardware stores or at any automotive supply store.

Here's a video link regarding how it works (once you see how it works you'll have no doubts about buying it). It's the official Rain-X site so please know it is safe to run the ad, if your computer asks if it's okay like mine does:

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By Deeli

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May 11, 2010

I have ugly hard water spots all over my glass shower doors. Does anyone have suggestions on how to get rid of them and keep the glass sparkling clean?

By Char Leo from Cachi, Costa Rica


Water Spots on Shower Doors

I used to work for a house-cleaning company, and one lady had me wipe lemon oil on her shower doors when I was there to clean her house. Just drip some on a rag and wipe the doors. But of course, be careful to wipe up any drips on the shower/tub floor, for safety. (04/11/2010)

By Joanne

Water Spots on Shower Doors

If this is just hard water buildup, lime scale, and vinegar isn't enough, use an acid product such as CLR. (04/12/2010)

By Louise B.

Water Spots on Shower Doors

I used to live in Nevada where the water is awful with all kinds of stuff as a result of all the mining. I finally used "Ka-Boom," a spray on liquid that foams, but I think "CLR" would also work. After we got all the residue off, we started keeping a squeegee hanging in the shower. Every time we shower, we wipe down the shower walls and doors with the squeegee and the water doesn't dry to spots anymore. Hope this helps.


Pat T of Florida (04/12/2010)

By Patricia Taylor

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April 10, 2010

Looking for information on how to get spots off shower doors.

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September 15, 2009

How do you remove water spots from shower doors?

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May 15, 2009

How can I prevent getting water spots on my new clear glass shower doors? Thanks in advance for any tips.

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January 15, 2009

I have tried just about everything to get the water spots off of my glass shower doors. Does anyone have any ideas of what I can do for this problem?

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