3 Ways To Keep Your Frameless Shower Door Looking Great

Sep 5, 2014 by

Frameless shower doors are practical and beautiful. When you have a frameless shower door installed in your home, you no longer need a curtain to keep water from dripping all over the bathroom floor. That means that the condition of your shower door is visible to the entire world — or at least the friends and family members who use your bathroom. Protect your investment by following the simple tips below to keep your shower doors in top-notch shape. 

Keep Sharp, Heavy Items Away

Glass is resilient, but there are some things that it can’t handle. Be careful when you rearrange your bathroom decor, as some pieces of furniture may scratch or dent your glass shower door. If you want to protect the condition of your shower door, you should avoid:

  • Placing furniture with sharp edges near the shower
  • Hanging heavy pictures near the glass door
  • Placing materials on the ground directly beside the shower, such as toilet brush caddies or bulky makeup bins

If you do end up scratching your shower door, don’t immediately panic. You may be able to remove the scratches if they are not very deep. Small, shallow scratches may respond well to a treatment intended for auto glass. You can find a kit for auto glass scratch removal at many hardware stores or automotive supply shops. Instructions and kit contents may vary, but you will probably receive a lotion and spray, as well as some type of buffing agent or microfiber cloth. 

Clean it the Right Way

Every time you finish taking a shower, use a small squeegee to remove soap suds and spots of water from the inside of the door. Make sure to do this as soon as you can, because glass may become stained if substances are left on top of it for too long. If you have a few extra minutes, use a soft cloth or towel to pat — not wipe — the door dry. 

Some sites recommend using fabric softener in lieu of regular cleansers. It’s possible that this could work well on your door, but it’s best to check with a shower specialist before you attempt any home remedies. Stick to the products recommended by the installation company if you are unsure whether your door can handle certain chemicals or techniques.

Request a Glass Protection Treatment

Sometimes it’s easier to prevent damage from happening in the first place than it is to repair a scratched or dented shower door. When you order a frameless shower door, the contractor may ask if you want a special surface treatment applied to each side of the door. If you’re wondering whether the surface treatment is really necessary, the answer is yes.

Glass is a porous material, which means that it absorbs stains and odors easily. Your glass door may begin to corrode, even if you clean it regularly, if you do not apply a surface treatment. A surface treatment helps repel debris that can damage your door, prolonging the life of your investment. 

Depending on the quality and type of treatment that you buy, you can expect it to last anywhere from a few months to several years. Some companies offer insurance or warranty plans that protect you if the door flakes or peels before a specified period of time. If you did not request a glass protection treatment when you first purchased your shower door, you might still have options. Talk to a shower door export to learn whether you still have time to add a protective layer to your current glass door.

When your frameless door is first installed, the glass will be smooth, clean, and clear. Over time, it may get scratched or become dirty, especially if you fail to take good care of it. Try the ideas above if you already own a frameless door, and don’t hesitate to contact a bathroom renovations specialist if you have any additional questions about how to maintain your shower door. 

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