Shower doors are a beautiful way to accent your bathroom and they are completely customizable. Whether you choose a frameless door, or maybe a sliding door, glass is usually the material of choice when it comes to showers. With such constant and continued use, how can we keep these shower doors pristine? Over time, hard water build up and soap scum can take a toll on those shiny shower doors. Did you know though, there is an easy way to prevent this from happening? Something as simple as a hydrophobic coating can keep those shower doors squeaky clean and visually appealing.
What is a Hydrophobic Coating?
If you aren’t familiar with hydrophobic coatings, you’ll be presently surprised. It turns out, these coatings can be used on a whole slew of glass products, including shower doors. Hydrophobic means, “To be afraid of water.” A hydrophobic coating won’t make your shower door scared of water, but it will repel it. These coatings are commonly made with silica gel since it can be applied to multiple surfaces. Alternatively, it can also be made with oxide-polystyrene; however, the manufacturing cost is high leaving this option the less popular used of the two.
Glass naturally contains tiny pores. Over time, these pores can fill with hard water, soap, bacteria, dirt and a host of other grimy substances that can make your shower door lackluster.
When applied to a shower door, the hydrophobic coating creates a smooth surface by filling in these microscopic pores. The coating’s smooth surface repels the water, not allowing water drops or dirt to fall into the glass pores. This not only keeps the glass relatively free of grime, it also allows for easier and less frequent cleaning.
Less frequent cleaning means, fewer cleaning chemicals, such as bleach, are washed down the drain. This makes for a healthier environment in streams, oceans and rivers.
In addition to a healthier outdoor environment, these coatings can also make for a healthier and safer showering environment. Hydrophobic coatings can cut down bacteria, mold and mildew growth. The coating causes the bacteria and fungi to roll down the shower door, not giving it a place to thrive since those tiny pores are filled up. This can create a cleaner and safer shower space.
After deciding a hydrophobic coating is the way to go for your shower door, you may find yourself asking a few questions. How can you ensure the coating stays on? Or maybe even, do I need to clean the coating? Here are some factors you may find helpful when deciding:
Talk With Your Dealer
Once you’ve considered all the deciding factors, the last step is to talk with your Glass.com affiliate. They are the most knowledgeable on the subject of these coatings, and will be able to steer you in the right direction when it comes to choosing. If you don’t know where to find a shower door dealer, Glass.com can help you locate one nearby.
A hydrophobic coating can be the difference between a pristine door and an eyesore. My parents have had a glass shower door in their master bath for almost two decades. For years I thought it was a tinted glass shower door, considering it’s more foggy than clear. Turns out, it’s a tempered glass shower door that has just never been coated. My mom has used ordinary cleaners on the door, but even that has not stopped years of build up from showing itself. If that strikes a chord with you at all, consider talking to your shower door dealer. A glass door is meant to highlight the beauty of the shower, not years of nasty gunk.
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