How To Clean Glass Shower Doors Like A Pro And Remove Hard Water For Good (3 Pro Tips)

How To Clean Glass Shower Doors Like A Pro And Remove Hard Water For Good (3 Pro Tips)

Brandon Pleshek

Do you have glass shower doors that attract hard water stains? If so, you're not alone! Hard water stains on glass shower doors can be some of the most frustrating and hard to get rid of stains in a home. Don't worry, I have THREE awesome ways to get rid of your hard water stains and then a couple of great suggestions for you to help prevent big hard water stain build ups. 

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What You’ll Need 

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Option #1 Vinegar, Dawn and a Scrub Daddy  

If you've watched my videos or read my blogs in the past, you've probably heard me talk about my heralded DIY mixture of one cup of water, one cup of vinegar, and about a teaspoon of Dawn Dish Soap. It's such a great combination to help battle lots of different types of build ups, including hard water stains on glass shower doors. I typically like to use if the dirtiness of the shower is a 1-5 on the Mess-o-meter, a Clean That Up creation to measure dirt, grime, and messes! Simply spray this mixture on your glass shower doors and let it set for about 5-10 minutes. You want to give the vinegar some time to dwell on the surface and break down those stains. After letting it sit, come through with a non-scratch scrub sponge (Scrub Daddy FTW) and remove any lingering stains. Listen out for the stains as you go - meaning you will literally be able to listen and feel on the sponge the abrasive hard water stains remove. This is highly satisfying to clean up!

After you give you a good scrub, rinse with water and give a good wipe down with a dry microfiber cloth. 

If this still doesn't seem to get rid of the stains, our second option has something a little more aggressive to get the job done. 

Option #2 Bar Keepers Friend MORE Spray

Bar Keepers Friend MORE is a great option when the vinegar can't get the job done. This spray uses oleic and citric acid which will help break down the hard water stains and build up. I recommend using this when the you are about a three to an eight on the Mess-o-Meter. 

Apply this the same as the DIY mix, scrub with a Scrub Daddy and then rinse with water and dry with a microfiber towel. 

IF this still doesn't do the trick, I'll show you option three which is only used as a last resort. 

Option #3 #0000 Steel Wool

I know what you're probably thinking. Steel Wool? Are you crazy Brandon?! Well, it depends who you ask! The key with using steel wool is getting the right grade of steel wool and ALWAYS only use when the surface is wet. Steel wool grade #0000 is still fine enough to not scratch your beautiful glass shower doors. Only use this option if you've tried the other two and your hard water stains are an 8-10 on the Mess-o-meter. 

Use your barkeepers friend more spray and get the surface nice and wet, then come through with your steel wool to mechanically remove the hard water build up from the glass. 

How to Prevent Hard Water Buildup

This first way is simple - use a squeegee! After every shower use make it a part of your routine to squeegee away any water drops on the door. This will prevent that water from drying and leaving behind those hard water mineral deposits. 

What's another great way to prevent hard water stains? Rain-X! Yes, Rain-X the stuff used for your car! It works great for letting the water run right off your doors! Simply spray it on and follow the label's direction. This will create an awesome sealant to prevent those pesky buildups. 

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