Spring Cleaning Tips for Bathroom Glass

It’s that time of year—when the sun comes out, the trees regain their leaves, and you look around your bathroom and say, “Yikes! This place needs a good clean.” That’s why today, we’re giving our best spring cleaning tips for bathroom glass.

Keep reading to learn how to make the glass in your bathroom sparkle.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Mirror

#1 Use the right cleaner.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of cleaners on the market. Which one should you use for the best job?

Use a cleaning solution specifically formulated for glass. Here at Jack’s Glass, for example, we have our own glass cleaner, which you can purchase at any of our three locations. You can also use a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water or a mixture of vinegar, water, and a bit of dishwashing liquid like Dawn. (Note: a vinegar solution isn’t a good idea if your bathroom countertop is made of porous stone.)

You’ll want to avoid multi-purpose cleaners. These cleaners often contain ingredients that can leave unsightly streaks, or even damage glass—leaving it cloudy or scratched.

#2 Don’t use newspapers.

Newspapers caught on for glass cleaning because they were accessible, cheap, and didn’t leave traces of lint, like some towels. But there are much better options for cleaning today.

Instead of newspaper (which can smudge ink on your glass and doesn’t do a great job of wiping away cleaning fluid), use microfiber towels. This kind of towel won’t leave lint or fuzz, but will work best to clean your mirrors and glass.

#3 Clean and dry the right way.

When cleaning your mirrors, there’s a right way and a wrong way.

Spray the cleaning solution on your cloth, not the mirror itself. This helps avoid tarnishing and rust on the mirror frame. Also, don’t wipe the cleaner away in circles—that just smears the dirt around. Instead, wipe the dirt away in a tight S-like motion, from top to bottom.

#4 Consider distilled water.

If you’ve cleaned your bathroom mirror with a vinegar-water solution and it still looks streaky and cloudy, it might be your water that’s the problem. Most people in Kentucky have hard water, which leaves deposits of minerals on glass.

Try using distilled or filtered water in your cleaning solution, or simply use Jack’s Glass glass cleaner or Windex.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Glass Shower Enclosure

#1 Use the right tools.

As we mentioned above, you’ll want to use a microfiber (or other lint-free) cloth for any glass cleaning. But for showers, you’ll also want to invest in a good squeegee.

Using a squeegee will help you avoid water spots and hard water stains on your glass shower enclosure. Use the squeegee when you’re doing a shower deep clean: spray the cleaning solution on the glass, squeegee it off, and use a microfiber cloth to catch any solution left behind.

Make sure the rubber on your squeegee is in good condition, though, or you risk scratching the glass!

#2 Use a cleaner dedicated to hard water removal.

If you have trouble with hard water stains (common in Kentucky, especially if you don’t squeegee!), use a cleaner dedicated to hard water removal. CLR is a commonly used cleaner for this purpose. You can also try a mixture of equal parts baking soda and vinegar; it should resemble a paste. Apply the paste to the hard water spots, let it dry, and then gently remove with a cloth.

It’s a good idea to remove hard water deposits regularly. If you let minerals sit on your glass shower enclosure too long, the minerals will react chemically with the glass. This results in a permanent cloudy spot on your glass.

#3 Don’t forget the tracks.

If your glass shower enclosure is framed or semi-framed, don’t forget to clean the tracks holding the glass in place. We recommend a toothbrush, which is small enough to get into the nooks and crannies. Use the same cleaner on the tracks as you do the glass itself.

#4 Clean while you shower.

Doing a deep clean of your shower and taking the time to remove every hard water stain is a tedious chore.

To make your next spring clean much easier, clean your shower enclosure at the end of each shower! Simply use your squeegee to remove the water sitting on the glass after you’re finished showering. (We recommend keeping the squeegee near your shower for easy access.) This helps you avoid those nasty hard water stains that permanently damage your glass, which we mentioned above.

We’re Here for You

We hope these spring cleaning tips help you keep your bathroom glass sparkling for another year!

Jack’s Glass is here for all your glass needs. If you need help with a bathroom or other residential glass project, call us today.