How do you Clean a Shower Enclosure?

Cleaning the shower enclosure isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, but unfortunately, it’s just one of those household tasks that needs to be done.

So, if you’re wondering what the best way is to clean a glass shower screen, then just follow our top tips and tricks, and you’ll have a sparkling clean shower enclosure in no time at all.

It really doesn’t take long to clean a shower screen or shower door, and it only needs doing once a week to prevent the build-up of grime, soap scum and limescale deposits. If this build-up isn’t removed from shower enclosure glass, then it could cause etching and permanent damage.

Cleaning shower glass panels on a regular basis reduces build-up, but won’t reverse etching, so the best way to prevent this from happening is to wipe down the glass after each use with a squeegee or microfibre cloth.

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What are the best products for cleaning a shower enclosure?

Supermarket shelves are full of bathroom cleaning products, which provide a quick and easy way to clean the shower, sink and bath.

These types of products are also suitable for cleaning shower doors as they have been specially formulated for this task, and they ensure a gleaming result.

But, there is another cost effective and convenient way to clean your shower enclosure, and that’s with the products you may already have in your kitchen cupboard such as vinegar and baking soda.

What’s the best way to clean shower glass?

There are various ways to clean shower glass, here’s some of the best tips and tricks.

  • For cleaning soap-scum and limescale deposits of shower glass try using the Magic Eraser sponge, or you could even re-purpose dryer sheets, just simply wet and scrub.
  • A mixture of baking soda and water creates a super-effective and inexpensive cleaning product. The measurements will depend on how much you need. To get started use half a cup of baking soda, add water and mix to a thick paste. Use a non-abrasive sponge and scrub the shower glass with the paste and rinse with vinegar.
  • If you’re dealing with serious soap-scum, you can also use undiluted white vinegar that’s been heated to boiling. Soak a microfibre cloth or sponge in the vinegar and clean the shower glass. After a shower or two, the vinegar smell will disappear.
  • If you really want to reduce the amount of soap-scum on your shower enclosure glass, simply avoid using bar soap, as it contains talc, which is what produces the build-up. Consider switching to liquid soap or shower gel instead or choose soap that doesn’t contain talc.
  • Glass cleaner will help prevent deposits, as will a daily shower cleaner.
  • Water spots and grime will always be an issue, so regular cleaning is a must.

What are the best tools for cleaning shower glass?

shower squeegee

Whether you’ve cleaned your shower enclosure with a shop-bought product or a homemade solution, the glass still requires a final rinse.

One of the main problems with this though, is that for those who live in a hard-water area, a rinse will leave limescale and water marks on the shower screen once it has dried. The best tool for preventing these unsightly water marks is a squeegee.

At Big Bathroom Shop, you’ll find a selection of shower squeegees. These are supplied with a hook for easy and convenient storage, and each one features a chrome finish and a stainless-steel construction.

Squeegees provide an effortless way to prevent streaks, water marks and limescale deposits on shower doors and shower screens. They can also be used in wet rooms to help move water towards the drain, ensuring the space dries faster, and are ideal for baths and tiles too.

Microfibre cloths are also great for cleaning shower glass. They help to prevent build-up on shower doors and allow you to get into those hard-to-reach areas such as underneath handles and tight corners. After use, wring the cloth out, leave to dry and wash at least once a week.

How do you clean shower door tracks?


So, now that you’ve cleaned the shower doors, the shower door track will need cleaning too. Shower door tracks easily collect soap-scum and grime, and large amount of limescale build-up from hard-water can make it difficult to slide the shower door open. Ideally you should be cleaning the shower door tracks as often as you clean the rest of the shower enclosure. Here’s the best way to clean shower door tracks.

  • Apply vinegar into the shower door track.
  • Leave the vinegar to work its magic for 3-5 minutes.
  • Gently scrub away grime and soap-scum using an old toothbrush.
  • Rinse away with clean water and wipe the area dry with a soft cloth.
  • You may need to repeat a few times if the track hasn’t been cleaned in a while.

You can also use a steamer to clean shower door tracks.

  • Use the steamer to loosen the dirt and grime.
  • Wipe the residue away with a microfibre cloth.
  • Repeat if necessary until clear of build-up.

All sliding and bi-fold shower doors at Big Bathroom Shop feature quick release wheels, which makes cleaning the tracks a whole lot easier. What’s more, the glass features an easy clean coating, which helps to repel limescale, dirt and grime.

So, there you have it – we hope this expert guide answers all your questions on how to clean a shower enclosure. By following our top cleaning tips and tricks, your shower enclosure will look like new for longer.

But if your shower door or cubicle is way past its best, then it may be time to replace it.

Take a look at our shower enclosure buying guide to help you choose the best one.

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