Have you ever noticed that there’s more condensation and fogging of glass shower screens during the colder months? Well, there’s a reason for it and we’re going to explain why in this blog, as well as providing some recommendations to keep your screen clean and clear.

Why do glass shower screens fog in colder weather?

Fog and condensation is simply water vapour that turns back into liquid. You will often see this on your mirrors and tiles and yes, your glass shower screens.

We’re more likely to see fog and condensation in the colder months, although it can also occur in warmer, humid weather. Here’s why winter is primarily the time in Adelaide for glass showers screens to fog up and have condensation:

Our bathrooms are generally colder and this means the surfaces get cold. Add a hot, humid shower and you have perfect conditions to encourage condensation and fog on your glass shower screens.
Most of us like a hotter shower in winter.
We also generally enjoy longer showers in winter.

Fog and condensation can be annoying, particularly if you must shave or apply makeup after your shower. More importantly, it can also lead to bacteria and mould. So, it’s important to reduce it as much as possible.

Fogged up shower screen

Fogged up shower screen. Image: Getty Images

How to reduce fog in the bathroom?

There are things you can do to reduce fog and condensation in your bathroom and on your glass shower screens:

  • Make sure you use your bathroom fan whenever you are having a shower. It’s a good idea to leave it on for at least a few minutes after your shower has finished.
  • Open a window in your bathroom if you have one. You don’t have to open it a long way. Even a small opening will help by allowing the warm, damp air to escape.
  • While this advice might alarm most Adelaide householders, take cooler and shorter showers!
  • Invest in a squeegee and wipe down the inside of your glass shower screens after every shower. This simple act will help to keep your screens cleaner for longer, as well as remove condensation.
  • You can apply a commercial anti-fog coating to your glass shower screens and mirrors. You can also use homemade options, such as equal parts water and vinegar, with a few drops of dishwashing detergent added. Wipe down mirrors and glass shower screens with the solution to help prevent fogging. Repeat every few days.
  • If condensation is a big issue, consider using a dehumidifier. This will remove the extra the moisture from the air. Use it during and after your shower.

Keeping your bathroom warm in winter

Another way to reduce fog and condensation during the colder months is to keep your bathroom warmer, as this will ensure the surfaces aren’t as cold.

Here are a few potential ways to keep your bathroom warm in winter:

  • Underfloor heating is a great way of heating up a bathroom, although it’s only really an option if you’re renovating.
  • Invest in double glazed windows as single glazing allows a lot of heat to escape, therefore making your bathroom colder.
  • Some electric heated towel warmers add warmth to the air, as well as drying out your towels.
  • Use your heat lamp and if you don’t have one in your bathroom, get an electrician to fit one. They are excellent for warming your bathroom while you’re using it.