How to keep your glass shower screens clean

Glass shower screens, like those from Toscan Glass, add a light, modern look to any bathroom. These alternatives to more traditional shower curtains or partitions keep water off the floor more effectively, make bathrooms look larger and turn showering into a brighter experience, but keeping them clean can sometimes seem like a challenge. Soap and water residue can build up on the glass surfaces, making them appear cloudy. In order to keep your glass shower screens looking as bright and clear as possible, you'll need to put in a little preventative work. And if the buildup does get to be too much, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce it. 

Everyday cleaning

The best way to keep screens clean is to make sure to wipe them down after each use. Water drying on the glass will stain, so giving each screen a quick wipe will mean that you have to give the glass a full cleaning much less frequently. Keep a small squeegee in or near the shower so that you can do this with no trouble. 

Periodic cleaning

Even if you wipe them down every day, frameless glass shower screens will eventually start to show some cloudiness resulting from soap buildup or hard water. This buildup can permanently stain if you don't deal with it, so you'll need to give it a periodic cleaning. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water with a dash of washing-up liquid to create a simple cleaning solution, and then spray the glass with it. Once you've applied the mixture, simply wipe it off with a soft cloth.

Another way to deal with buildup on your screens is with bicarbonate of soda. Wet the screens first, and then apply baking soda to a soft cloth and wipe it on the screens. The mixture of baking soda and water should form a thin paste; rinse it off, and it will take the buildup with it. You can also use this method to deal with tougher buildup that resists the vinegar cleaning solution.

Frameless glass shower screens are a great way to update any bathroom, even one with a nonstandard shower stall or tub; the lack of frame means that it's easy to fit the screens to any size or space. Some homeowners are reluctant to upgrade to glass screens because of the perceived level of work involved in keeping them clean, but with a little preparation, they can be even easier to maintain than curtains or other shower partitions.