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how can I easily clean the calcium and soap deposits on a glass shower door? Answered

How can I get soap scum - and calcium deposits off glass shower doors? It seems to build up especially in the bottom half of the shower door? I hate hours of scrubbing, so I'm looking for something that does not require lots of scrubbing, please! Thank you!!!


You can do so by using proper cleaning products like Janitorial Cleaning Products. This will help you make them as new as they were the first time you purchased them.

Thank you so much for the link - what a great range of products. This is really useful for all sorts of stuff :)

Once you get it all clean use Rain-x as instructed about every three weeks and you will never see the scum again.

I'm guessing that Rain-x is a mix as described by rickharris.
I laughed at your wording : ), lol, Thanks!

Rain-X is a silicone oil that coats the surface of the glass making it very slippery so little (including water) sticks to it.

The lime scale (scum) is a calcium deposit from your water left as the water droplets on the door evaporate. An acid (lemon juice)  gets rid of the calcium and the  soap tends to prevent the water from forming droplets.

Spray your door with washing up soap and lemon juice mix after every shower and you will never see it.

Clean with proprietary cleaner first.

Have got my mix ready and will start this once I got the current stuff off the door.
Thank you.

Like vinegar, or if you feel like it "limescale-remover"


.  Yep. Plain ol' white vinegar works great. Wear plastic gloves. Try to keep it off aluminum. Rinse well.
.  Coca-cola (phosphoric acid) works, also. Same caveats.

That would be a good use for stale Coca cola that's lost it's fizz I guess :), I like it!
For the vinegar - would you wipe it on and leave it for a bit to 'soften'?
Thank you for the acid suggestions. That is what I have at home at the moment, so will try these first.

Thank you, and again I apologise for my ignorance, but I don't know either of these two products, I have just moved back to New Zealand.


8 years ago

 for a heavy build up try wd40 and a scrub pad

Hi, thanks for your answer, but excuse my ignorance, but what is wd40?

Sorry it's taken me so long to to Thank every one for your ideas, we have just shifted twice in 2 months accross 3 continents! It was a little busy :)