There’s more than one reason that we love glass: it’s beautiful, functional, durable, and a fantastic material for bathrooms. For those reasons, many homeowners opt for a glass shower enclosure over an old, moldy shower curtain.
That said, shower glass does require care, especially if you live in an area with hard water. That’s why, in today’s post, we’re giving our top tips for removing hard water from shower glass. We’re here to help you keep your glass clean and beautiful, for longer.
Keep reading to learn more!
What Does Hard Water Do to Shower Glass?
What is hard water, and why can it be a problem for glass?
Water that has high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium is considered “hard” water. (The water picks up these minerals as it flows through rocks and soil.)
Some areas of the country—like Covington and northern Kentucky—have hard water. Unless you have a water softener—a system that removes minerals from the water coming into your home—you likely have hard water coming out of your faucet.
Unfortunately, hard water can be tough on glass if it’s left uncleaned. That’s because the minerals can soak into the glass. (Fact: it might not look it, but glass is porous!) Over time, the minerals chemically react with the glass, causing stains, discoloration, and corrosion. If there’s enough corrosion, the glass can become permanently whitish and cloudy.
That’s why you want to clean off hard water ASAP! Keep reading to learn how.
How Should You Remove Hard Water from Shower Glass?
Here are our top tips for removing hard water.
#1 Squeegee off excess water.
To prevent mineral build-up on your shower, don’t let water sit on the glass. After your shower, take a quick minute to squeegee the excess water off the glass. By making this a habit, you can avoid scrubbing hard water stains off the glass later!
#2 Use a cleaner dedicated to hard water removal.
Hard water build-up won’t come off with a regular glass cleaner. When it comes to hard water, you’ll need a dedicated cleaner.
You can use a cleaner like CLR (Calcium, Lime and Rust remover) or make your own. To make your own cleaner, combine one part distilled white vinegar with one part water.
#3 Clean regularly.
As we mentioned above, hard water becomes a problem when the minerals are left to corrode the glass. For this reason, it’s important to clean regularly. For bathrooms that see a lot of use, we recommend doing a deeper clean at least twice a month.
To clean build-up from shower glass, take the following steps:
- Spray the cleaning solution on the glass, then leave it to soak. (For CLR, the instructions say to leave it on for 2 minutes. If you’re using a solution of vinegar and warm water, leave it on for 30 minutes.)
- Wipe down the shower door. Use a soft, microfiber towel to avoid scratching the glass. If using the vinegar solution, sprinkle some baking soda on the towel while wiping the glass down to remove stubborn stains. You can also use a soft-bristled brush to scrub at stains during this step.
- Rinse the glass with distilled water.
- Use a squeegee to remove excess water from the glass.
- Dry the glass thoroughly with a microfiber towel.
Tired of Removing Hard Water?
If you’re tired of removing hard water build-up from your shower doors, and you’re in the market for an upgrade, consider anti-corrosion glass.
Anti-corrosion shower glass is glass with a coating applied. The coating bonds to the surface of the glass itself. Though it’s invisible, it’s powerful: it repels water, oils, and soaps. As a result, the glass is easier to clean. Plus, the coating prevents the corrosion, staining, and discoloration that can happen over time from hard water build-up.
To learn more, contact Jack’s Glass. We’re happy to help you create the beautiful, functional bathroom shower you deserve!