How to Remove Water Stains Etc from Glass Shower Doors.

Updated on July 07, 2008
J.K. asks from Vienna, VA
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What is the best/fastest way to remove water stains from my glass shower doors? I clean the shower doors every week but just can't seem to get rid of the water stains. If you have a quick easy way to clean the doors I would love to hear it. Also, any tips on getting the whole door clean when the doors overlap always blocking a portion on the door?

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T.T.

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I have to agree with Janet...Tub N Tile is the best! It's easy and again, no harsh chemicals or toxins!!!

Good luck!
T.

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J.W.

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Hi J.,
I use "Tub and Tile" in my bathroom. It is awesome. I just spray it on and wipe it off. The best part is that it is free of harsh chemicals. Even with my very sensitive hands I can clean my bathroom and not breakout! Contact me for more information on this and other products that are just as fantastic.

J.

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T.W.

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Hi J.,
I have a hard time with that as well and have found that if I clean the glass with Comet then spray with shower spray (dollar store brand will do. $1) after every shower, it stays clean longer. Just put a little comet on a wet cloth and rub on glass and rinse. It gets the water stains right off and leaves the glass looking crystal clear.

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N.K.

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You won't believe this but it actually works. I discovered this from "Hints from Heloise" in the morning news a couple of years ago. Its the best!

mix 1/3 cup of salt
2 tablespoons or more of vinegar to form a paste.
apply w/a damp rag and let it stand for 20 minutes....scrub off and simply rinse & dry.

My shower doors were once cloudy...and I used all kinds of commercial cleansers w/no luck. Tried this vinegar cleanser and viola...my shower doors were clear as crystal! It was truly amazing. Good luck! Let me know if it works for you.

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C.R.

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I have to agree that the mr. clean magic eraser works wonders on my (very large) glass shower door as well. Also to prevent the water stains from coming back, I apply rain-x to the glass. (used for your car windows to make the water roll off) It REALLY works, you should try it! The cheapest place I found to get the rain-x was home depot.

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G.S.

answers from Dallas on

I clean mine with a product with Oxy-clean in it, and it is much easier. Then, spray your doors with Rain-X.

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K.C.

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Just a couple of weeks ago I found an incredible product, Scrub Free Deep Clean. I bought it just because I needed a new cleaner, I had never heard anything about it. I used it on a dry shower and left it on for a couple of minutes ( with 3 kids I often get sidetracked). When I went back, the shower already looked better. I used a wet sponge with a no scratch pad and wiped it down followed by a water rinse. My door has NEVER looked so good! My house is 18 years old, although new to me about 4 months. I figured the stains were permanent. Not so! I was so excited about the cleaner I told everyone I knew!

Not sure about about overlapping doors. Try spraying this inbetween & rinse with water. It might look a little better afterward.

Good luck!
K.
Mom to 4 ages 6, 5 & 3

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C.S.

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"Clean Shower" from Arm & Hammer. you just pray the door everytime you get out of the shower, you never have to clean it! It stays crystal clear!!!

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T.T.

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I have to agree with Janet...Tub N Tile is the best! It's easy and again, no harsh chemicals or toxins!!!

Good luck!
T.

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A.D.

answers from Dallas on

Vinegar. Spay and let it sit then wipe it down. If some of it doesn't come off treat again. It's also possible your doors are etched especially where they overlap. It's a common problem around here because the mineral content in the water is high. Also, a squeegee helps a whole lot. We use a California Waterblade - in the auto department at Target- and it works really well, I think because it's silicone and made to use on cars so it's really flexible.

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J.W.

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Hi J.,
I use "Tub and Tile" in my bathroom. It is awesome. I just spray it on and wipe it off. The best part is that it is free of harsh chemicals. Even with my very sensitive hands I can clean my bathroom and not breakout! Contact me for more information on this and other products that are just as fantastic.

J.

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C.C.

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CLR will do the trick and you can get it at Walmart. Once you get the stains off the shower doors, I recommend you squeegee it after your shower. Our shower has a clear door and I HATE water stains, so when I'm done in the shower I take 30 seconds to squeegee the door. And to help reduce water stains overall I use the Arm & Hammer Clean Shower spray. It works better than the Tilex stuff. The bottle says no need to rinse but I do . . . at the end of my shower I spray it on the shower walls/door, then use the shower head to rinse it off. This, combined with the squeegee, has worked wonders for me. I rarely have to scrub the shower, and the door has remained water-stain free for 4 years.

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L.S.

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I have sucessfully used Scrubbing Bubbles spray on my shower door here and in our last house. Spray on, wait a few minutes, scrub with sponge, rinse.
I am going to try the Rain-x, maybe then I won't have to clean it every week. ;o)

L.

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T.T.

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Kaboom works wonders on water stains. I spray it on, rub it with a mildy abraisive sponge (the kind made for non-stick pans) and let it sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse. They look brand new!!

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J.C.

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The only thing I know that will get it off is a good hard scrub. But, once you get it clean, rub orange furniture oil on the door. It also smells good. My Mom's house cleaner told me about it.

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T.F.

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We have a rule.....the last one out of the shower is the one to squeegee the glass and then wipe down the inside. We have a 3 panel glass door and porous tile.

I use vinegar for spots. Tilex Soap Scum works well.

The main thing we do to prevent it though is to squeegee, wipe down and dry it every day.

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L.W.

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Try vinegar. I have not tried this but plan on it... There's some type of rain resistant car windshield liquid that my husband uses. I noticed last night how the water "rolls" off the windshield. I do not know where he purchased this but I bet it was at Wal-mart.

Good luck.

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S.K.

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J.,

I have completely switched our home to "green", non-toxic products and it has helped my family tremendously. The wellness company I shop from has a GREAT daily shower spray especially for glass shower doors; just spray and you're done; no spots!! My girlfriend used to suffer from terrible migraines; out of commission for a day or so!! She finally figured it out that they started the day she cleaned the bathrooms in her home and was using Tilex and other harsh chemicals that she inhaled. She now shops through the same wellness company and has not had a migraine since she made the switch! Kind of scary to think this all was caused by the harmful chemicals we all have in our homes. We not only use better, safer products for laundry, cleaning, bath, etc; I'm saving about $200 a month by making this switch. Let me know if I can tell you more or visit my site at www.momsgoinggreen.net; as I started as a customer with this wellness company but 6-months later looked into the business side of the company because of the amazing things it did for my family!

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M.S.

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Mr Clean erasers are one of my favorite cleaners for LOTS of things! But on my glass shower enclosure I use soft scrub and a sponge. When I finish, I use paste car wax on the glass and it will stay clean for a LONG time. Just rub it on, let it dry and buff it off the same way you'd do for your car. You can also put the wax on your mirrors in the bathroom and they won't fog up while you shower.

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T.W.

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Hi J.,
I have a hard time with that as well and have found that if I clean the glass with Comet then spray with shower spray (dollar store brand will do. $1) after every shower, it stays clean longer. Just put a little comet on a wet cloth and rub on glass and rinse. It gets the water stains right off and leaves the glass looking crystal clear.

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R.A.

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I use a mix of 1/2 vinegar 1/2 water and spray down the shower. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and then clean. It works great.

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J.H.

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I think a solution of vinegar water will help, also Skin So Soft Avon bath oil, of course you will have to be careful and clean up the shower floor as it will be slippery in you get it there.

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F.J.

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I use that Clorox soap scum and let it sit a few minutes and then rinse. Then I spray it with a regular glass cleaner for the shine. I heard Kaboom works good, too...

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A.B.

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I did not read your other responses so I hope this is not a repeat. I have found that the best thing to use is the Mr. Clean magic eraser. The water spots come off easily and then I just wipe dry with a paper towel and it is sparkling clean. Hope this helps.

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C.T.

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I use a Magic Eraser to remove spots and soap scum from shower doors. Be sure to rinse and dry afterward. Do you use a squiggy after you take a shower? That will cut down on cleanup.

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P.T.

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I use The Works, it works great, although I do have to use an entire bottle on just one shower. the good news is that they sell it at Dollar Tree so it is just a buck. I've tried lots of other products but none work like this. good luck!

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K.C.

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Try using a bounce dryer sheet, it is the best shower door cleaner ever! Just wet,rub, then rinse! To get between the doors, use the bounce sheet wrapped around the end of a ruler or wooden spoon.

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J.M.

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I use Ajax with bleach and a scrub sponge. Then I windex it. We use a squeegy after ever shower, which helps with the build up. Our last home was difficult to remove the water stains from so after I cleaned it I took lemon oil and dabbed a little on a papertowel and wiped the door down with it. The door looked like it was brand new after that! A few friends asked me how I kept my shower looking so nice, I told them the same thing, they both went home and did it and called me so excited about their new shower doors! HA!

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E.C.

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I can't believe no one has tried the new automatic shower cleaner from scrubbing bubbles. If you have your shower clean first, it keeps it clean, but if not, it takes about 2 weeks and you see a very noticable difference. The initial price is $15 to $20, but refills are $3.84 at Walmart and they last a month. All you do is push a button when you get out of the shower, it beeps for about 15 seconds to give you time to get away before it sprays. Last one to shower at end of day is the one to spray it. I have used it for 3 months now in my shower tub combination and my husband even noticed that the mildew on bottom of shower curtain was gone. I love it!

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T.T.

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I use shampoo, it works great. A lady who used to clean my house showed me that.

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M.D.

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Kaboom works great on stuff like that. You can buy it at Walmart. Spray it & let it set for a few minutes then just wipe it down with a cloth.

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J.K.

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I've found that water stains that I have encountered is lime build up from your water source. Lime-a-way or CLR mineral deposits remover are a couple of brands I have used and works well. If it is built up quit a bit, you may need to use it again, they are a very powerful formulas, it would be best to wear rubber gloves for protection. That is the only thing I've found to do the job. Good Luck, J. K.

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D.C.

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Method has a spray on shower cleaner (works for doors too - that you spray on after the shower and it will cut down on build-up. Personally I would get a squeegee and squeegee after you shower.

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K.T.

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Try straight rubbing alcohol after using whatever spray cleaner. It is the only thing that completely cleans really grubby glass. I hate that particular chore, yuck!

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M.M.

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Hello J.! I don't have any real secrets on how to clean your shower. But, I do know that I use only Arbonne products in my shower which have no animal by-products and my shower stays really clean. Many times the build up is from the by-products in soap or shampoo. I refer to a great little book called "Tiptonary" by Mary Hunt. In her book she has recipe for Basic Scouring Powder - 1 C. Baking Soda, 1 C. Borax and 3/4 C. Salt. This might work really well at cleaning your shower and not scratch your glass door. Those hard water stains can be a real challenge. Hope this helps! Have a great day!

M.
District Manager
Arbonne International

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