Preventing the Accumulation of Soap Scum on Glass Shower Doors

By: Smith M. John

When minerals in water and soap combine and react with each other to form a film coating on your shower door, it is called scum. Cleaning these established layers of soap scum off your door can be a cumbersome process, especially since it has to be done regularly. Taking preventive measures can keep scum from building, which keeps the glass door clean for longer.

You can use a combination of commercial cleaning products and home remedies to keep scum off your door for good. There are a number of methods you can use, and here are a few of the more common ones.

According to a number of sources, lemon oil is an effective method of preventing scum. Apply lemon furniture oil on an acrylic scrubbing pad and scrub your door clean. Use the pad in small circular motions to ensure that you have removed the entire residue.

Make a paste using baking powder and water. Ensure that you don't dilute the mixture too much. Use the paste to scrub the door of any scum. Rub as gently as possible to avoid scratch marks on the glass. After scrubbing, rinse completely using distilled white vinegar to make sure that all of the scum and paste are removed.

In a bucket of warm water, dissolve a handful of dishwasher detergent. After you've had a shower, apply the mixture on the glass doors and allow it to be completely covered. Alternatively, you can just rinse the door with water, before applying the mixture. Let it soak for around fifteen minutes and scrub the door with a stiff brush and rinse with water, Repeat this process as many times as required.

Apply a paste of powdered laundry detergent and water on the door and allow it to soak for a few minutes. You can also use a laundry stain remover spray. After allowing it to sit, use an acrylic scrubbing pad and scrub in small circular motions. Rinse completely with water to remove the scum and paste.

Apart from these home remedies, you can use professional scum removers as well. Allow it to sit on the door, and scrub using an acrylic or nylon pad. Rinse with warm water to clean your door. If you have heavy buildup of scum, wash the door with a mixture of half cup ammonia and a gallon of water. Rinse with warm water to remove any residue. Remember to use protective gloves as ammonia can be abrasive on the skin.

If you want to remove scum from your door for a very long time, you could consider waxing it with car wash. One of the best ways to ensure that your door stays clean is by taking some preventive measures. After each shower, use a sponge or a dry piece of cloth to remove water and soap residue from your glass shower doors to prevent the buildup of scum. Taking these steps will ensure that you door stays clean for a long time.

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