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shower maintenance guide


Glass and Hardware Maintenance

Now that you have your dream shower installed, you want to protect the investment you have made. Proper cleaning will keep your glass looking beautiful. We are providing this information as a useful reference and recommendation to properly maintaining the glass and hardware. These guidelines are provided using industry standards and testing conducted by Guardian Glass, an international leader in the glass industry and manufacturer of our ShowerGuard optional coating.

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Why Does Shower Glass Get Dirty?


Hard water is high in minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonates that appear when water comes in contact with limestone or chalk deposits. When the hard water mixes with your soap, it can leave stains on your shower door glass called soap scum. Soap scum can be harmful to the glass and take away from the aesthetic of your bathroom. Glass is porous, allowing those hard water minerals to seep into the glass over time and cause corrosion. Keeping it clean is the best way to prevent any long-lasting or hard-to-remove water spots.

Soap scum is different from mildew, which is a thin coating made up of fungal hyphae. It grows in warm, damp places. Your bathroom is the perfect breeding ground, especially around the edges of your shower door where the glass meets the frame. Mildew can be harmful and you will want to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Daily Maintenance Tips:


  • Upgrade to protective coating on the glass during your purchase of new shower enclosures

    • Better than after-market applied coatings that don't last​

    • Seals the pores inherent to all glass to repel water, stains and mildew

  • Buy a Squeegee

    • Before you get out of the shower, rinse all glass and walls with water​

    • Squeegee everything to keep a dryer environment before the soap and hard water have a chance to stain

  • Leave the door open

    • This will allow air to flow into the shower and help the drying process, further reducing the amount of water spots

  • Observing water spots, soap scum and build up

    • Use mild soap and warm water, rinse clean and dry

    • Harder spots can be removed easier with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water, rinse and dry

    • Windex or CRL SprayWay ammonia free cleaners

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So many choices, what cleaner should I choose?

 Recommended Products

  • Soft Scrub All Purpose Cleanser

  • Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Sponge

  • Arm & Hammer Clean Shower

  • Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser

  • Clorox Green Works Glass Cleaner

  • Comet Bathroom Cleaner Spray with Disinfectant

  • Fantastik Antibacterial Heavy Duty Cleaner

  • Holy Cow Glass Cleaner

  • Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner

  • iQ Glass Cleaner

  • J.R. Watkins Window Cleaner

  • Kaboom Shower, Tub & Tile Cleaner

  • Lime-a-Way Bathroom Cleaner

  • Lysol Bathroom Cleaner

  • Method Mint Natural Glass Cleaner

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

  • Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Glass Cleaner

  • Scrubbing Bubbles Auto Shower Cleaner

  • Seventh Generation Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner

  • Soft Scrub with Bleach Cleanser

  • Sparkle Green Glass Cleaner

  • Sprayway Ammonia Free Glass Cleaner

  • Tilex Fresh Shower

  • Vim Cream Cleanser

  • Windex Original Glass Cleaner

  • Windex Multi-Surface Vinegar

  • Mixture of 50/50 water and vinegar

 Do Not Use these Products

  • Avoid abrasive cleaners, such as: Ajax, Comet Powder, CRL Bio-Clean, CRL Sparkle, Rouge and Cerium Oxide.

  • Hydrofluoric and phosphoric acid are corrosive to the coating and glass surfaces and shouldn't be used.

  • Do not use abrasive brushes

  • Do not use Razor blades or other sharp objects

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Hardware Gets Dirty Too !


  • Products listed above will work for hardware too

  • As hardware is not flat, use a soft micro fiber cloth to blot the hardware to keep dry

  • Avoid any abrasive cleaners as these will scratch and damage the finish

  • 50/50 water and vinegar mixture is great when used often

  • Do not use WD-40 type products to oil the hardware. We recommend using a small amount of 3 in 1 oil

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