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Shower Door Care & Maintenance

Keeping your shower door looking new and working properly, involves 3 simple steps.

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1. Cleaning your shower door glass

DO Squeegee clean glass dry after showering
It takes less than a minute, and goes a long way in preventing buildup of soap and mineral deposits that can create water spots on the glass. This is the best preventative tool against water spots. You can purchase an ergonomically friendly Cleret squeegee at our showrooms, which is also non metallic and designed for inside shower doors use. Do not buy a squeegee with metal framing or any metal contact point that can scratch glass.

DO Clean your glass periodically with proper cleaning solutions that will not harm glass.
Creative Mirror & Shower’s Perma Gleam Glass Cleaner is a great cleaning solution for glass, mirror, and metal. A homemade and eco friendly option for the inside of your shower glass to prevent or reduce mineral deposit buildup, is to spray on a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water and let soak for a few minutes (add a touch of Dawn dishwashing liquid will help), and then gently wipe the glass clean with a soft microfiber cloth, and rinse and squeegee dry. A specialized cleaner to remove limescale and other mineral buildup from glass is available at Creative Mirror showrooms.

DO purchase ClearShield Protected Glass, as your shower will be easier to clean and resistant to staining with the most important benefit being that if mineral buildup accumulates on glass, it will come off, rather than cause permanent damage as is the case with standard glass.  If you maintain and clean your ClearShield Protected Glass regularly as outlined above, your shower door will maintain its luster and beauty for years to come. 

NEVER  use abrasive powders, abrasive pads, steel wool or ANY cleaner containing bleach or Ammonia.
These strong chemicals will not only harm the glass, but they also will corrode your door hardware as well as compromise the silicone and seals which will create leaks.  All glass is porous, protect your glass!  Never use a squeegee with a metal frame or metal handle as we have seen shower doors destroyed inadvertently with scratches caused by cleaning help.


2. Cleaning your shower door hardware

Cleaning shower door hardware is EASY, just use few drops of a mild soap such as dishwashing liquid and warm water and wipe with a soft micro fiber or terrycloth towel and rinse well. Remember that the handles, towel bars, and hinges are not designed to support your weight, that’s what grab bars are for.


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3. Maintaining your shower door seals

Maintaining the seals IS IMPORTANT as they help contain water.
Because seals are subject to friction wear (like windshield wipers), they are designed to be replaceable and not a warranted item. To extend their life, simply clean them as you would your shower door hardware using mild soap and warm water.  Do not use bleach, ammonia, or any strong chemical, which will make the seals brittle and discolored. The bottom sweep under the door takes the brunt of the friction wear, (avoid constructing tile thresholds and use slab material as grout lines add to friction wear). Try to keep the bottom sweep as clean as possible and consider applying a thin coat of petroleum jelly to keep it soft to extend its life. In climates with significant seasonal weather changes, your shower door opening can expand and contract slightly, causing a perfectly installed seal to be less effective over time. The GOOD news is that seals are easily replaced, relatively inexpensive, and available at Creative Mirror Showrooms.

 


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