How to Keep Your Shower Door Glass Clean

If you’re a busy person, you probably don’t have much time in your schedule to clean your shower glass. However, you don’t need to stress over those hard water and soap scum stains on your glass during what should be your “me time.” There are easy ways to help prevent and remove residue from your shower door glass to keep it looking clean and pristine.

clean frameless shower glass door

Why Does Shower Glass Get Dirty?

Hard water is high in minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonates that appear when water comes in contact with limestone or chalk deposits. When the hard water mixes with your soap, it can leave stains on your shower door glass called soap scum. Soap scum can be harmful to the glass and take away from the aesthetic of your bathroom. Glass is porous, allowing those hard water minerals to seep into the glass over time and cause corrosion. Keeping it clean is the best way to prevent any long-lasting or hard-to-remove water spots.

Soap scum is different from mildew, which is a thin coating made up of fungal hyphae. It grows in warm, damp places. Your bathroom is the perfect breeding ground, especially around the edges of your shower door where the glass meets the frame. Mildew can be harmful and you will want to get rid of it as soon as possible using a solution with chlorine or hydrogen peroxide. You don’t need to scrub, just spray the solution onto the area with mildew and wipe it away.

Shower Glass Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

There are several tips, tricks, treatments, and products to keep your shower door clean from soap scum.

  • Choose Glass with a Coating

If you’re looking to buy shower door glass for your bathroom, choose a coating that will protect the glass from hard water and soap. Most shower door companies will have this option available to you. The type of coating will vary depending where the shower door company gets its glass. If your shower door glass doesn’t have a coating, it will need to be cleaned more often.

  • Use the Squeegee

squeegee to clean shower glass doorsMany shower door installers will provide you with a squeegee to set the expectation that despite your door glass having a hydrophobic or protective coating, it will still require maintenance. Even if your shower door doesn’t contain a coating to prevent residue build-up, using a squeegee will still help prevent water and soap stains. Using the squeegee every day keeps the glass clean. It’s not a time-consuming chore, but should be made into habit by everyone who uses the shower.

Make sure to squeegee soon after you’ve finished your shower. Start from one of the top corners and put slight pressure onto the squeegee as you drag it down the glass. The water should run down the glass as you pull. Repeat this, overlapping the area you just dried about two inches, until you’ve removed all the water droplets on your shower glass. You might want to have a backup squeegee on hand in case the rubber blade becomes dull or nicked. Dry the rubber blade in between each pull so the squeegee doesn’t leave streaks and rubber marks.

  • Vinegar and Water

This is an inexpensive and easy way to keep your shower clean in an environmentally-friendly way. Just mix one part white vinegar with three parts distilled water and put the mixture into a spray bottle so you can store the solution easily. Spray the water and vinegar onto the glass and let it sit on the door for up to five minutes if the soap scum or hard water stain appears tough to remove. Spray more solution if it appears to be drying. Then rinse the solution with warm, distilled water or wipe it off with a lint-free towel, rag or paper towel. Newspaper is also a good cleaning material that won’t cause glass streaks. Always use a non-abrasive material when cleaning and drying your shower glass.

  • Commercial Cleaners

There are several commercial glass cleaners on the market that can clean the tough stains vinegar and water may not be able to remove. You can find these in your local grocery store. For high-performance glass cleaning products, check with your local shower glass company. First, dry your glass, then use a non-abrasive cleaner with a pH of seven to eight. Some cleaners may advise you to leave the solution on the glass for several minutes. When scrubbing or lightly cleaning your glass, avoid scouring pads, sharp instruments or using acid-based cleansers that can damage the glass coating. Use a lint-free towel, rag or paper towel instead to protect your glass and prevent streaks. Consider wearing gloves to protect your skin from chemicals when cleaning with these solutions.

  • Leave the Door Open

clean frameless shower glass door & tub

Leaving the bathroom door open after a shower will allow air to circulate and aid in water evaporation. This will also prevent mildew build-up in other areas of the bathroom. If your shower is not properly ventilated, keep your shower door open to release humidity when not in use. If you do have a vent, turn it on before starting your shower. If you do not, consider having a vent installed to protect your shower glass and bathroom from potentially harmful mildew and mold.

  • Other Cleaning Solutions

There are dozens of formulas out there for people who like to make their own cleaning solution at home. If vinegar and water doesn’t appeal to you, then you could try baking soda and vinegar to form a paste. Use about half a cup of baking soda with enough white vinegar to form a paste. Add vinegar slowly to prevent the solution from becoming too watery. Wipe the paste onto the shower door glass and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping it off with a gentle cloth or lint-free paper towel and rinsing the glass the water. Make sure to dry your shower door properly after cleaning.

Follow these tips and your shower glass will keep on shining without spots. Visit for more information about shower doors and purchasing replacements. Check out the info center for valuable insights to help meet your glass needs.

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Jordan Scott

By Jordan Scott

Jordan Scott serves as the assistant editor for USGlass Magazine. She has a background as a reporter for Tennessee’s Tullahoma News and associate producer for ABC2’s “Good Morning Maryland.” Jordan studied English and international studies at Virginia Tech where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Jordan is a voracious reader and has an extensive book collection. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do but jokes that she has now also earned her black belt in “attempting” to go to the gym. Jordan loves to travel and learn languages. When not abroad, she enjoys exploring new restaurants in her local Washington D.C. area.

  • It’s good to know how to keep glass showers clean. I like how you said that using vinegar and water can help. We’re hoping to get a glass shower soon, so I’ll remember that.

  • Hi, Jordan Scott thanks a lot for sharing this informative post. It is work perfectly. Is vinegar and soda mixed washing harmful?

    • Hi Suhana,

      Great question! Although the 2 ingredients sound like a great combination for cleaning, we do not recommend mixing vinegar and baking soda to clean. Mixing the two creates a chemical reaction causing a fast, unstable release of carbon dioxide. You may have seen this reaction as a popular children’s experiment were the two ingredients are mixed inside a papier-mache volcano, causing the volcano to “erupt”.

  • I like that you mentioned leaving the shower door open. This is a preservation technique that not a lot of people are really familiar with. My sister would love knowing this as she looks into getting new shower doors for her new home.

  • I liked it when you mentioned that there are glass cleaners in the store that are for commercial use and can remove stains that water and vinegar cannot clean. I will mention this to my sister since she wants to have a glass shower door installed in the bathroom. She will probably need this type of cleaner since she has kids in the house that brings a huge variety of materials in the bathroom.

  • My shower doors are a couple of years old,and water stained for some time now. Because they are older doors are they ruined?? Always used shower sprays after each shower but No Good. I’m thinking of putting a film on the outer doors so you don’t see all the spots ☹️Help please.

    • Hi Dianerus,

      If you’ve followed the steps in this article and your shower glass still isn’t clean, it might be time to call a shower door repair and replacement specialist in your area. They’ll be able to come out and take an in-person look at the glass. If it can’t be saved, they can discuss replacement options with you.

  • I appreciate what you said about many shower door installers being able to provide squeegees to clean the glass. Glass shower enclosures offer a modern way to bathe, and they add value to any home. My wife and I are thinking about getting a glass shower for our master bathroom, so we’ll be sure to contact the most reliable supplier in our community.

  • My mom wanted to have a great looking glass shower because my dad accidentally damaged it. It was explained here that the glass shower gets dirty because the hard water is high in minerals. Moreover, it’s recommended to hire professionals for quality glass showers.

  • This blog is perfect for home materials cleaning guideline. Here are you discuss a complete guideline. Helpful Information. I appreciate your hard work. It will be helpful for How to clean shower materials every housekeeper. What is your opinion about the new mainstream vinegar and daybreak dish cleanser as a tub/shower cleaner? How do you feel about the new popular vinegar and dawn dish soap as a tub/shower cleaner? Is that safe to use? Thanks in Advance.

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  • I like how you said that if you’re looking to buy a shower door glass for your bathroom, choose a coating that will protect the glass from hard water and soap. I want a new shower door installed. Thanks for the tips on keeping shower doors clean.

  • Nothing is more annoying than a messy glass door. I think that it’s really important to be aware of how to clean it properly. I would love to learn more about products that would properly care for the particular glass in my bathroom. I will have to call a professional to see if I can get help.

  • I just had beautiful clear glass shower doors installed–they’re coated, can I still use an extra repellant such as RainX? Should I use a daily spray and then squeegee or just squeegee? Thanks!

  • I have heard that applying Rain X lays a barrier to prevent hard water deposits from building. What is you opinion about using rainX on flass shower doors?

    • Rain X does a good job on automotive glass but isn’t designed to hold up to the daily demands of shower enclosures. You’ll find yourself reapplying often and would be better off going with a shower glass coating product such as ClearShield.

  • This is some really good information about class cleaning. I liked that you pointed out that you should use a squeegee. It does seem like a thing to know when you want to keep your glass looking nice.

  • I love what you said about using vinegar and water in order to keep your shower clean at all times. I believe that working with a reliable glass company is critical when it comes to replacing your shower doors. My wife wants to get a new shower door for our master bathroom, so I’ll take the time to find a glass company with a solid reputation in our area.

  • I heard if you wax, car wax, your door it repels water is that so. I’ve used rainex glass cleaner but it still has some streaks when the sun hits it

    • Hi Bianca,

      Thanks for the question! We recommend only using products on your car’s auto glass that are specifically formulated to be used on glass. Products not formulated for use on glass may have undesired effects. Sometimes RainX streaks if too much was applied and you may have to buff off the excess.

  • Hi, we just installed a glass shower enclosure and paid extra for a coating to be applied; we had heard using a squeegee could accelerate deterioration of the coating? Can you please chime in on this?

  • I use toothpaste to clean my shower glass, just apply using kitchen paper to the wet shower glass and washout off, buff it up to dry.

  • How do you clean/maintain the rollers and the rails on top of a frameless shower door? I have noticed they started making a clicking noise after a few months of use.

    • Hi Sara,

      First you’ll want to vacuum out the track, then clean it with a non abrasive household cleaner and towel. After it’s clean, lubricate the track with a silicone lubricant. Other types of lubricants will attract dirt. For all of these steps, start with the door closed and do one side of the track, then open the door and do the other side of the track, then move on to the next step. If the clicking continues after a few days, contact the company that handled the installation.

  • If I have a shower door with the coating, is it best to still apply a protective coating regularly.

    • Hi Maureen,

      Professionally installed coatings can last up to 10 years, so reapplying regularly is not necessary. It is necessary to maintain these coatings with regular cleanings though to help extend the life as long as possible. Check with the coating manufacturer or installer to obtain their list of approved cleaning products and care instructions.

  • I have always used liquid soap when I shower, never have I used hard soap as you can guarantee soap scum. I had guests that used hard soap and it was a lot of extra work for me to clean the shower. I always squeegee the glass and tiles directly after use. As a consequence my shower is as good as the day it was installed seven years ago. I also leave the door open as well as a window and use the air ventilation. I have seen other people’s showers degraded because of poor care, leaving permanently stained glass.

  • Shower glass often gets dirty because it is constantly exposed to soap scum and hard water stains. You need to clean it with a good cleaner to remove these dense stains. You should not use acidic cleaners as these might cause etching on the surface. It is best to seal the glass after cleaning as it will prevent further staining of the glass surface. I used a natural cleaner product from pFOKUS and it gave wonderful results on my shower door.

  • We live in an area where hard water is a fact of life and the HOA covenants prevent the addition of a water softener system. This means calcium deposits on fixtures and inside plumbing, tubs, sinks and of course the shower walls and glass. I thought i had it undr control using cleaning solutions that contain citric acid. Once the glass is clean i use a product called clean shower and a squeegee after every shower.
    The problem I’m running into is finding the lysol spray with citric acid. Is there some reason for this product that has worked so well for us to suddenly be replaced by peroxide and chlorine based products which haven’t worked for me in the past.

  • We have TINTED full length shower doors. A few years ago, I tried to clean
    the glass in one spot about 6″ diameter. It left scratches. I can’t remember
    What I used, but they are not deep.How can I remove these scratches?
    The coating was ordered on the doors when bought new.
    Would this be a plastic coating or something else? Hope you can
    shed some light on this for me. Thanks.

    • Hi Jerry, the best option would be to contact the company that the glass was ordered from in order to find out more information about the coating. It might be possible to remove the old coating and apply a new coating.

  • I’m glad I found this site. I have a hopefully simple question. My shower
    Is wall to wall and floor to ceiling all ceramic tile. It has light med. brown
    grout between tiles. If I mix up some vinegar and dAwn soap (should I use
    regular vinegar or garden type 20 % ) . I want to use the same type of
    cleaner that I will use on my shower doors, as long as it will not discolor
    my grout. Thanks.

    • Hi Jerry,
      We’re glad you find our site helpful! Unfortunately, we are not grout experts. You may wish to consult another website, or your local bathroom remodeler to answer your question about your grout. Mind vinegar solutions are generally considered safe to use on most surfaces though. It’s also always good idea to perform a spot check in an inconspicuous area no matter what type of cleaner you are using.

  • I want to say one very important thing I have learned I installed a dream line sliding door quality 100% only one side slides best purchase my housekeeper I told not to use abrasive sponges in my new bathroom well let’s just say she did not listen scratched the glass and scratched my faucet thousand dollar faucet so whatever chemical you decide to clean with make sure you use a soft rag to clean your new doors or fixtures in your new bathroom. Do not use the sponge scouring pads that you buy to clean your pots and pans in the kitchen because you will scratch your doors. Or your housekeeper will

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