If your shower doors are starting to look opaque and murky, there are probably two things to blame: soap scum and hard water.
If you want to get the shine back in your glass, consider getting an off-the-shelf product that will get rid of the unwanted stains and scum, or try these really simple DIY solutions.
You can use baking soda and vinegar to simply clean your shower enclosure and get your aluminium shower doors looking great again.
Tackle hard water marks
Hard water occurs in many areas, and it’s generally just water that contains higher levels of calcium salts. But unfortunately, hard water can leave marks on your sliding glass shower doors. Luckily, acids dissolve the calcium, so it’s actually easy to fix.
You can buy limescale remover from the shops that contain phosphoric acid or other types of acid, but simple household vinegar and lemon juice will also do the trick, they just take a little longer to work.
You can put either one in a spray bottle and spray down your shower doors. Leave it on for a few minutes then wipe it off for clean doors.
Clean up soap scum
Your shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body cream can all contribute to dirty shower enclosures. But unlike residue from hard water, soap scum can be harder to handle. You need a more abrasive cleaner to get rid of the buildup.
Again, you can use store bought scourers. Or you can use baking soda to clean your shower. Add a bit of water to the baking soda to make it into a paste and then apply the paste to the shower doors. Your job will be a little easier if you have frameless glass shower doors, as you won’t have as many nooks and crannies to tackle. Give your sliding glass shower doors a bit of a rub, and then spray on a little vinegar. The baking soda and vinegar react to clean and deodorise your shower.
Don’t ignore your shower frame
Your aluminium shower door resists corrosion and rust, but it can still get covered in soap scum and dirt. Make sure you give it a wipe down with a sponge or microfibre cloth. Use a mild cleaning product or baking soda solution to get the scum off your shower.
If your shower trim and edges have started to look a little rusty, you can try rubbing a little aluminium foil on them to remove the rust. If this trick doesn’t work, it might be time to consider a shower door replacement.
Modern aluminium frameless showers and aluminium shower doors are easier to clean. A shower door update can really revitalise your bathroom.
Mouldy looking silicone sealant
Silicone sealant used on shower edges and joints can get mould growing underneath it. Try as you like to scrub it down, you may find it impossible to clean. One solution is to apply a mixture of bleach and baking soda to the silicone using a disposable paintbrush or old toothbrush that you’re about to throw away. Cover the bleached area with plastic wrap and let it sit for at least 20 minutes, allowing time for the bleach to soak underneath the silicone.
Keeping things sparkling
If you’d like to do something to keep your showers from getting murky and dull, try spraying your shower regularly with a solution of vinegar and water. Keep a sponge in the shower and you can quickly wipe down your shower after every shower, saving you lots of time and effort later on.