Is your shower glass discoloured? Does it look cloudy and grungy? Check out these tips to bring back the beauty of your discoloured glass shower doors.

1: DETERMINE WHAT THE DAMAGE IS

There is lots of different types of damage that can affect shower glass and not all can be removed. Older showers using laminated glass can get what’s commonly referred to a “glass cancer” this is when water, minerals and soaps get between the two pieces of glass laminated together. This will not be able to be repaired or cleaned off and replacement is the only option.

Water spots on the surface, cloudy patterns when water hits more regularly are more likely to be removed and the following tips for cleaning shower glass will breakdown the methods to renew shower screens in your home.

2: REMOVE ALL THE SOAP SCUM!

Removing the soap scum is always your first step, soap scum sits on top of the glass and is generally white in colour, a good alkaline cleaner will dissolve away the oils and other ingredients in soap and leave you with visibly cleaner glass. Dishwashing liquid is a great cheap alkaline cleaner that will remove most of the soap scum quickly when combined with a white scourer. Once this is done you will only be left with mineral etching which the next step will address.

3: DISOLVING THE MINERALS OFF THE GLASS

One of the best tips for cleaning shower glass is cleaning with vinegar. Vinegar has a low Ph of 2-3 making it acidic. This is a great cheap option for the average shower as the acidic vinegar can dissolve the minerals off the glass. Be sure to protect your tiles from vinegar using a towel as marble and other natural stones are highly sensitive to acids.

Start with 25% vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid mixed with water in a spray bottle, Spray this over the shower screen and let soak for 5-10 minutes, while still wet use an abrasive but non-scratch pad like a white scourer to rub over the glass. You can repeat with 50% & 100% vinegar if the result is poor. Some glass may be too far gone for vinegar alone.

4: POLISHING THE SHOWER SCREEN

Polishing shower glass is the most aggressive method to restore the glass. It will require some tools like a drill or grinder with a firm foam pad attached. It is generally best left to professionals like 1st Choice Fix who are experienced in glass restoration.

You will need to get a backing plate to fit your drill or grinder so you can attach a foam polishing pad. For a pad, any medium to hard density foam pad will give good results. Next use a store-bought water spot remover cream with a light abrasive feel. Polish the glass while wet on a low – medium speed checking the temperature of the glass regularly, move quickly to reduce heat. Bicarb soda and vinegar can be a good alternative as a polishing liquid, as well as cerium oxide.

If water spots are still present contact a professional to determine if the screen is repairable. Most showers under 10 years old should be able to be repaired using the above techniques.

5: PROTECT YOUR GLASS WITH ENDUROSHIELD

Once your glass is restored, protection is key. You have just exposed fresh glass to the water and soaps that caused the damage in the first place, regular exposure will create deeper and deeper etching and sealing the glass is a must to extend the life of your shower glass.

1st Choice Fix has over 10 years’ experience in glass restoration and protection. We offer affordable prices and free quotes for Restoration and EnduroShield Professional application. Give us a call and we will make your shower sparkle like new!