If your Adelaide bathroom has glass shower screens, consider yourself fortunate. A staple in modern bathrooms, glass shower screens add a touch of elegance and freshness. They’re clearly the best way to keep water in your shower enclosure, where it belongs.

However, maintaining the pristine appearance of glass shower screens does require proper care and cleaning. While it might be tempting to use scourers or other abrasive items to tackle stubborn soap scum or hard water stains, as we’ll explain in this article, it’s the last thing you should do.

Beads of water on a shower screen

Softly does it when cleaning glass shower screens.

Here is why you should never use scourers or other abrasive cleaners on or around your glass shower screens.

Avoid scratching the shower screen glass

Glass is a durable material, but it is not impervious to scratches. Scourers and other abrasive items, and abrasive cleaners, can leave microscopic scratches on the glass surface. Over time, these scratches accumulate, leading to permanent damage that compromises the clarity and aesthetic appeal of your shower screens.

Abrasives can cause damage  

Abrasive cleaning items won’t just spoil the look of your glass, it could cause damage. Glass shower screens are typically made from toughened glass for safety reasons, but even toughened glass can be weakened by abrasive cleaning methods. Scratches can create stress points, making the glass more susceptible to breakage or shattering.

Damage any coatings

While most showers feature uncoated glass screens, some do have coatings designed to repel water, minimise mineral build-up and resist stains. The use of scourers or abrasive materials can strip away these coatings, diminishing their effectiveness. This compromises the intended functionality of the coatings and may necessitate more frequent and intensive cleaning in the long run.

Abrasive cleaners can compound the issue

Ironically, using abrasive cleaning tools may exacerbate the very problem you’re trying to solve. Hard water stains and mineral deposits often result from the minerals in water settling on the glass surface. Scratches and micro-abrasions provide additional surfaces for these minerals to cling to, making it even more challenging to keep the glass clean.

lemon is a natural cleaner for shower screens

Cleaning your shower screen without damaging it

So, what should you do? Instead of using abrasive items, use non-abrasive, soft cloths and mild cleaners. When it comes to cleaning products, you can purchase commercial products. However, the safest and often the best way to keep your glass shower screens clean can already be found in most homes.

Here are some cleaning options that are less likely to damage your shower screen:

Diluted Dishwashing Detergent

Mix a small amount of dishwashing detergent with water in a bucket. Use a soft cloth to wash the glass thoroughly. For stubborn build-up, apply detergent directly to a cloth, then scrub on wet glass.

Lemon Juice

Harness the natural cleaning power of lemon juice by applying undiluted juice (fresh or bottled) onto a damp sponge. Allow it to sit for five minutes before rinsing.

White Vinegar

White vinegar, a kitchen staple, transforms into an excellent cleaning agent. Create a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Enhance the scent by adding a squeeze of lemon or a few drops of essential oil. Apply generously to the shower screen, let it sit for five minutes, and clean with a soft cloth or sponge.

Stubborn grime may require a vinegar-soaked paper towel solution. Soak paper towels in vinegar, place them on dry glass and leave for an hour or more. Remove the sheets and rinse thoroughly.

Baking Soda

Baking soda, known for cooking, doubles as an effective cleaner. Form a thick paste with baking soda and a bit of water, applying it to shower screens. After a few minutes, spray with vinegar, either pure or a 50/50 water blend, and finish with a warm water rinse.
Regardless of the cleaning solution used, always follow up with a thorough rinse using cold water. For optimal results, dry the shower screen with paper towels or an absorbent cloth.

Embracing these natural cleaning alternatives ensures a sparkling clean shower screen and promotes a chemical-free approach to household maintenance.