Sunday, June 08, 2008

How to Remove Stubborn Soap Scum from Glass Shower Doors

How to Remove Stubborn Scum from Glass Shower Doors

(ARA) - Vicki Lewis of Cottonwood, Calif., lived in her new home for less than three weeks when she first noticed it. Regardless of how hard she scrubbed her new glass shower doors, she could not get them as clean as they were when she had first moved in.

Stubborn soap scum and hard water stains on glass shower doors are a very common problem for homeowners. In communities where hard water is an issue, the build-up of mineral residue can begin clouding glass almost immediately. Simple, routine maintenance is the key to keeping shower glass sparkling. A light coating of wax or sealant every two or three weeks will prevent soap scum and hard water from staining your shower doors.

To determine if your shower build-up is soap scum or mineral deposits, mix one cup of liquid fabric softener with one quart of warm water. With a soft cloth, gently rub the mixture onto the glass in a small circular pattern. Most soap scum will disintegrate and rinse off using this technique. If the build-up fails to respond, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 1 part mineral oil to 4 parts water. Spray the mixture onto the scum, let it soak for a minute, and then wipe with a clean sponge.

Scum that fails to respond to fabric softener or mineral oil is most likely caused by a build-up of minerals that are dissolved in your water. When the water evaporates the minerals are left behind leaving what cleaning experts refer to as "hard water" stains.

Before applying a treatment to prevent build-up of soap scum and minerals in hard water, you must remove any existing stains. A sponge dipped in vinegar will often work to dissolve lighter mineral deposits. Stubborn deposits will sometimes yield to a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 gallon hot water. Wear rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when using solutions containing vinegar or ammonia, and be prepared to use some elbow grease. Never use harsh chemicals or heavy abrasives on shower glass.

Lewis determined that the build-up on her shower doors was caused by high mineral content in her water. Sensitive skin led her to develop her own safe and simple home remedy to remove hard water stains. She found that a combination of powerful detergents, mild jewelers-grade abrasive and oxygen bleach provided the best results without the need for caustic chemicals, harsh odors or hard scrubbing. Friends and neighbors found that Lewis' formula was effective and Bring-It-ON Cleaner ( was introduced to the public in 2007.

After cleaning your glass, seal the surface to prevent soap scum and mineral deposits. Lemon or orange oil will provide a temporary coating and a pleasant aroma. For a longer-term seal you can use an automotive or furniture paste wax. Lewis found that a silicone-based spray worked best in her shower. All of these treatments prevent the soap and minerals from clinging to glass. To extend the effectiveness of the sealant, squeegee the glass after each use. Installing a water softener to reduce mineral content in the water can also help.

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