Published On: March 7th, 2024Categories: Shower Doors

Are you tired of looking at your glass shower doors through a haze of soap scum and water spots? It’s time to reclaim that spa-like ambiance in your bathroom. This guide will equip you with the knowledge and methods to keep your shower doors clean and sparkling and prevent future build-up, so you can enjoy a rejuvenating experience every time you step in.

Cleaning Strategies for Common Culprits

Let’s tackle those pesky culprits that dull the shine of your glass shower doors.

Hard Water Stains

Say hello to your new best friend, distilled white vinegar. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle, mist the affected area, and let it work its magic for 10 minutes. A gentle scrub with a non-abrasive sponge followed by a thorough rinse will banish those stains. For stubborn spots, consider cleaning your shower doors with vinegar paste or a commercial hard water stain remover.

Soap Scum

Don’t underestimate the power of dish soap as a shower cleaner. A few drops on a damp sponge will cut through grease and grime (and soap scum) effortlessly. Rinse well and buff dry with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free finish. Plus, consider switching to liquid body wash instead of bar soap to cut down on soap scum too.

Mineral Deposits

Baking soda to the rescue! Create a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the affected area, and let it sit for 15 minutes. A gentle scrub followed by a thorough rinse will leave your shower doors sparkling. Alternatively, opt for a commercial glass cleaner containing phosphoric acid to clean the mineral deposits from each glass door for a deep clean.

Shower Door Maintenance in Kansas City

Living in Kansas City comes with its own set of challenges when it comes to shower door maintenance. Two of the biggest are humidity and hard water.


With significant seasonal humidity fluctuations, combating soap scum and mineral deposits is essential. According to Weather U.S., April is our least humid month with an average relative humidity of 62.9%, while December comes in as the most humid with 71% humidity. Combat the humidity by ensuring proper ventilation in your bathroom to reduce moisture levels and prevent mold growth.

Water Hardness

Hard water is very common in Kansas and Missouri. In fact, Kansas City has one of the highest water hardness levels in Kansas which can contribute to mineral deposit build-up in your shower and on your shower doors. To tackle these stains, utilize the vinegar method and choose cleaning solutions specific to hard water to keep your glass shower doors pristine. You might also consider installing a water softener to lessen the buildup of minerals on your shower door tracks and glass.

Beyond Cleaning: Essential Maintenance Tips

Remember–don’t let the soap scum win. Here are some more tips to keep you organized and your shower doors squeaky clean:

  • Squeegee after every shower: This will remove excess water and minimize build-up. Plus, they’re great for quickly cleaning large areas and are fun and easy to use. Buy one that suctions to your shower wall for a daily visual reminder.
  • Maintain good ventilation: Keep mold and moisture at bay with proper ventilation in your bathroom.
  • Consistency is key: Implement your chosen cleaning strategy weekly or bi-weekly to keep residue at bay. Some cleaning options include store-bought cleaning products, vinegar, and even lemons. For the lemon method, either [a] cut a lemon in half, dip it in baking soda, rub it in a circular motion on your shower glass and then rinse, or [b] mix 3 Tbs of lemon juice with one cup of water, spray it on your glass doors and wipe off with a squeegee or microfiber cloth.
  • Consider a water repellent coating: Its application will further minimize water droplets and simplify cleaning.
  • Hire a professional: Whether you don’t have time to clean your shower or have extra stubborn build up, hiring a professional cleaning service may be the perfect solution.

Investing in the Sparkle

Remember, maintaining your shower doors isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about preserving their functionality and longevity. Before cleaning, consider your type of shower. Acrylic and glass doors might require slightly different cleaning methods while a frameless shower may require less work thanks to its lack of crevices to collect soap scum and moisture. And don’t forget to clean your shower door tracks every time you deep clean your glass shower doors. By following our provided tips and tailoring them to your specific water and climate conditions, you can ensure your glass shower doors remain beautiful for years to come.

We’re Here to Help Keep Your Shower Doors Shining

Don’t let grimy shower doors dampen your spirits. With a little maintenance and the right techniques, you can keep them sparkling clean and inviting. So, roll up your sleeves, grab your cleaning products and tools, and let’s give those shower doors the shine they deserve!

At The Hayes Company, we’ve been offering world-class customer service and exceptional building products to our Kansas City community since 1978. We install a wide variety of glass shower doors tailored to your home’s specific needs. Whether you’re ready to tackle your existing shower doors with our cleaning strategies or need tips for choosing all new custom shower doors to upgrade your shower space, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our glass shower door options for your Kansas City home.