Glass shower enclosures are more resistant to mold than curtains are, making them an excellent choice for your shower. However, if hard water comes out of your showerhead, it can make the surface of your glass shower enclosure appear unsightly. Luckily, with the help of a glass glazing company, there are some ways to combat the effects of hard water on your shower enclosure.
Clean the Glass Doors
Because hard water contains a higher mineral count than soft water, you may notice a buildup on the doors. This buildup of soap scum and water spots is a direct result of mineral residue. When soap mixes with the minerals in the water, it forms an insoluble substance that leaves streaks on the glass. Over time, this scum can accumulate in the crevices of your shower tiles. It also has the potential to negatively affect the framework of the doors. The impacts of soap scum are one reason to consider custom frameless shower enclosures.
Otherwise, you’ll want to stay on top of cleaning. Using an environmentally friendly glass cleaner after each shower can make a world of difference toward eliminating water spots and soap scum. Of course, you’ll still want to perform deeper cleanings on a routine basis as well. Vinegar-water solutions can help clear soap scum from your shower doors. Simply combine the mixture with a bit of dish soap, spray it on the door, then use rags to thoroughly scrub off the scum. There are several other DIY cleaning solutions you can find online as well.
Install Frosted Glass
It may not be realistic for every homeowner to clean the shower doors after each use. If you find yourself in this position, don’t fret; there are other solutions out there. By installing frosted glass panes, for example, you can hide the signs of hard water in between cleanings. Frosted glass panes allow for decent lighting in the shower area, but the textured panes make it more difficult to notice water spots and soap scum. You can work with a professional to customize your glass to mask hard water spots. If you feel so inclined, you can even have your doors designed with intricate patterns, including flowers, motifs, or other designs.
Consider Custom Frameless Shower Enclosures by a Glass Glazing Company
Another option to help combat the effects of hard water is to install a custom frameless shower enclosure. Cleaning is simplified with frameless shower enclosures. The doors are easy to wipe down, and it’s usually faster to get in and out to clean the rest of the shower. Because the doors are designed without seals, there is no place for water, soap and minerals to build up.
This translates to a reduced risk of mold and a more hygienic shower enclosure overall. Plus, with a custom design, your enclosure will be tailor-fit to your bathroom and personal style. A professional glass glazing company can help answer your questions and, when it’s time, begin the installation process. Remember, despite the effects of hard water, it’s still possible to maintain a beautiful shower enclosure!