One of the most commonly asked questions when we are cleaning windows in people’s homes and apartments is how to clean shower screens. I try and answer this question in 3 parts. What causes the water stains and build up. How to clean the glass shower screens and thirdly how to prevent future build up or at least keep it to a minimum.
The staining and water spotting as it is also known is the result of water droplets on the glass evaporating and tiny mineral deposits in the water remain on the glass. These deposits are usually a combination of dirt, soap and mineral deposits usually calcium and magnesium. Every time you have a shower the screens are left with these droplets of water and as time goes on shower by shower the tiny deposits build up and the glass becomes more and more hazy and harder to see through.
By the time people notice the water spots or decide it’s time to do something about it is often too hard to clean off using normal bathroom cleaning methods. There are many different theories on how to clean the shower screens. A quick Google search will bring up many ideas from using vinegar, using lemon juice in conjunction with baking soda, using “0000” steel wool and many others. Using special steel wool on glass sounds crazy right? Doesn’t it scratch glass? Steel wool rated “0000” is great for removing mineral deposits. It is available from good hardware stores like Bunnings.
The products that I have found the best if the staining is not too bad are citrus-based cleaners. Some of the “Bam” cleaning products these are not too toxic and give reasonable results if water spotting and soap scum has not been there to long. If the staining is bad you can use a product called Gumption and a white scouring pad both available from Coles or Woolworths. Do not use the green scouring pads they are too coarse. Use the white pads which are readily available in the supermarket cleaning aisle.bb
Bar Keepers Friend is my number 1 pick for shower cleaning and removal of mineral deposits on glass. It is available at all good supermarkets. Use with white pads available in cleaning section at supermarket or Bunnings
The easiest way is when you’re having a shower to put a small amount of the paste on the white pad and scrub glass in a circular motion doing small areas at a time. Rinse off as you go this helps to gauge how much rubbing you have to do. This method requires a fair bit of rubbing to get the glass to a good condition but after that it is fairly easy to maintain. Gumption is non-toxic and can be used on tiles and basins as well.
Prevention is the best way to ensure that water spotting and staining doesn’t occur, the easiest way for this to happen is to buy a cheap squeegee from the supermarket and when you have finished your shower give the glass a quick squeegee. This will prevent the buildup from occurring in the 1st place and make sure you shower screens stay clean and clear for a long time. For shower screens that are already stained a combination of an occasional clean and using a squeegee in between cleans will keep glass in good condition. I hope this helps.
If you need professional to remove staining from glass we recommend The Water Stain Doctor – Experts in removing water stains from shower screens and windows.
Revised 15th January 2020