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Shine for Days: 7 Tips for Cleaning Your Glass Shower Doors

Shine for Days: 7 Tips for Cleaning Your Glass Shower Doors

 

Are you one of these people who loves letting the shower doors steam up and writing your name or drawing a pretty picture in the mist?

We all do it from time-to-time but those misty doors can very easily stay fogged up and dirty. And over time you can barely see in the shower at all.  A dirty shower is not something you want on your conscious. 

Indeed, as someone who takes pride in their bathroom, you’ve probably recalled in horror at the state of some of the bathrooms on shows like How Clean Is Your House? But many of the people on this show are guilty of letting their problems and their homes spiral out of control. 

Don’t make the same mistake. Here’s how to clean glass shower doors.

Routine 

One solution to how to clean glass shower doors is to hire a cleaner. But many people object to this on moral grounds and it can also be expensive. You are much better off cleaning your bathroom yourself. 

If you want to keep those shower doors and your bathroom in general clean the best thing to do is get yourself into a routine of cleaning them every day. There’s no point in letting your bathroom get dirty, particularly if you’ve gone to the trouble of making it look more expensive

However, this can be easier-said-than-done, particularly if you work or have to take your children to school. 70% of women already feel they work two jobs because the cleaning rota is so demanding. The way to resolving this is to ensure the cleaning duties are shared equally between family members or housemates. It is all the more incentive to wake up that little bit earlier to get the job done. 

Homemade Door Cleaner 

And the best way to clean the shower glass panels is not with water - giving them a quick hose down after you’re done - but with your own homemade cleaner. 

Cleaning expert Beverly Leestma has devised a magic formula she thinks works best. She suggests a mixture of half-a-cup of hydrogen peroxide, half a cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 tablespoon of rinse aid for dishwashers and 1 teaspoon of dish soap.

These ingredients are all standard in a cleaner's toolbox so you may well already have these items lying around the house. If not then do make sure you visit your local supermarket to see if they are available.

Next, get yourself a spray bottle - the sort that a hairdresser would use to spray your hair to make it wet - and add the mixture to some water.

The reason daily door cleans can be a good routine to get into is because in taking a shower much of the dirt and grease gets loosened. This makes it easier to clean and means you keep on top of the cleaning much more easily.

Monthly Scrub Down 

But whilst there’s much that can be done on a daily basis to ensure your shower door stays squeaky clean you’ve still got to do a deep clean, every now and then.

Every month is probably a good routine to get into but, if not, at least every other month. More than this and any guests that come to stay might start to gossip about your cleanliness. 

Make sure you’ve set aside some serious time to do this in your schedule. Doing a quick job will not produce results. You’re going to need to scrub well, making sure you put your back into it. 

A product that many use to carry out this deep clean is the Magic Eraser Sponge. Others swear by dryer sheets. 

We’d recommend making sure you wear some rubber gloves and maybe even a facemask if you find the chemicals hard on your eyes and mouth.

Vinegar

Another homemade product you can scrub with is vinegar. A homemade remedy is to heat some up and mix it with detergent,  placing the mixture on a cloth.  It’s acceptable for most normal showers but if you have one made of stone it might damage the stonework.

Vinegar is also smelly and it can linger for some time so it might not always be the best option, particularly if you know there is someone waiting for a shower. 

Lemon

Another alternative to vinegar is lemon and baking soda. This can leave your shower door smelling fresh and zesty. It’s also the most natural way to clean your shower door, without having to worry about the effect of the chemicals. 

Cut a lemon in half and rub it in baking powder. Then when you glide it over the door you will see a chemical reaction take place as the alkaline of the baking powder mixes with acid in the lemon. 

Get Into All the Nooks and Crannies 

When we think about cleaning shower doors it's very easy to think its a straightforward job but many of us forget to think about the smaller areas as well. Be sure to clean the tops of the shower door and all the edges.

Use a toothbrush, perhaps covered in vinegar or one of the mixtures you’ve used for scrubbing the rest of the glass, to get deep in there.

You might also want to think about a scraper for where the glass meets the metal edges of the door to help get rid of any gunk or dirt that has built up around it. 

Glass Shower Doors Fit For A Queen of Clean!

Getting your shower doors nice and clean can sometimes seem like a daunting task. But this is only if you put it off and attempt to clean the dirt away all at once.

The key to getting clean glass shower doors is to ensure you clean your shower every day after you have gotten out. It is this combined with scheduling a routine clean of your bathroom every month that can make a difference. 

If you’re interested in finding the perfect shower for your bathroom be sure to check out our range of showers and accessories by clicking here

 


Shower Enclosures for Small Bathrooms

Shower Enclosures for Small Bathrooms

8 Tips for Great Shower Enclosures for Small Bathrooms

5 Tips for Great Shower Enclosures for Small Bathrooms

Depending on how much space you have, there are many shower enclosures you can choose. Learn how to make the most of your space here.

Your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home. It's also one of the rooms that gives your home the most value.


But only if you have the right features. And how can you include all those features if you have a small bathroom?

It's not impossible.

Take a look at this guide to check out eight tips for great shower enclosures that fit in small bathrooms below.

1. Ditch the Bathtub

If you have a small bathroom, you might not have enough space for a shower enclosure and a bathtub. Don't get hung up on bathroom designs that feature luxurious stand-alone showers complete with separate bathtubs for long soaks.

Instead, ditch the bathtub altogether.

A shower enclosure might not be the best option for you if long baths are a part of your normal routine.

Don't want to give up your shower enclosure or your bathtub? Depending on the size of your bathroom, you may be able to mix the two together.

Consider putting your walk-in shower and bathtub in the same enclosure. Design a small shower space and a small bathtub next to it. While this might be too big for some small bathrooms, it's a good way to keep your tub and shower.

2. Put It in the Corner

A corner shower enclosure won't take up as much space as a shower enclosure that's installed against an open wall.

When you put your shower in the corner, you can position the rest of your bathroom features around it.

3. Use a Full Glass Enclosure

A full glass enclosure will allow your shower to blend in with the rest of your bathroom. Because you can see through the walls, the entire room will feel more open.

But a full glass enclosure might not be possible if your bathroom is pressed for space. Parts of the enclosure may have to be made of a different material if you're planning on putting other bathroom features up against it.

That's okay.

Make as much of the enclosure glass as possible. This will make the shower feel more spacious and bright.

4. Install a Space-Saving Door

When it comes to small bathroom shower enclosures, choosing the enclosure door will be one of your most important decisions.

Why?

The wrong door can make even the smallest shower enclosures too big for your bathroom.

Here's what we mean by that.

Hinged shower doors open and close like regular doors. That means they need enough space to swing all the way open. A small bathroom might not have that much empty space.

Bi-fold or tri-fold doors are made of several glass panels that fold against themselves when you open it. Because of this, it doesn't need any extra "opening space" like hinged doors.

Sliding doors are another space-saving option, but they only work on certain types of showers.

5. Pick the Right Tile Color

By choosing the right tile colour in your shower, you can make your entire enclosure feel bigger and brighter.

There are a couple of ways to do this.

Stick to bright colours, like white. A bright colour will make your enclosure feel more open even if it's pushed into a corner. Darker colours, like black, can have the opposite effect.

If your bathroom has a pattern on the walls, you can make the room look larger by continuing this pattern into the shower. The glass enclosure walls will become almost unnoticeable, which will add space to your bathroom.

6. Let the Natural Light In

Letting in the sun is another way to make your bathroom and shower enclosure appear bigger. Position your enclosure under a skylight or near a window to get the most of the natural light.

But placing your shower near a window does more than let the light in.

It also adds a nice effect to a small shower enclosure. You can shower under the sun, stars, rain clouds, or rainbows.

Putting a window inside your shower enclosure is a good option if you don't want glass walls. The window will make the shower feel more open and bright.

7. Consider a Custom Build

It might be worth investing a bit of extra money into your shower enclosure to get it custom build. This can help you fit a walk-in shower into a tight bathroom that doesn't have a lot of open space.

If you're having trouble picking a shower enclosure design for your bathroom, you might not be looking in the right places. A custom enclosure can give you the shower you want without having to remodel the entire bathroom.

But remember to think about accessibility.

Just because a shower enclosure can squeeze into an unusual space doesn't mean it should. Otherwise, it might be harder for people with physical limitations to get in and out easily.

8. Downsize Other Bathroom Features

Another way to make space for a shower enclosure in your small bathroom is to downsize your other bathroom features.

Is a bulky bathroom vanity taking up all your space? Replace it with something smaller. Do you have extra storage shelves on the walls? Think of other creative ways to keep your toiletries.

Downsizes other aspects of your bathroom can not only make room for your shower, but it can make the rest of the space seem larger as well.

Shower Enclosures That Work in Small Bathrooms

Just because you have a small bathroom doesn't mean you can't have the walk-in shower of your dream. But you will have to get more creative about your shower enclosures.

Since you're working with a small space, do your best to make your enclosure feel as big as possible with glass walls, paint colour, and natural light. If you know what you're doing, even a small shower enclosure can be luxurious.

Trying to find other ways to upgrade your bathroom?

Make sure you take a look at these five ways you can make your bathroom look more expensive.

 


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