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How to clean a glass shower screen and seal

Someone cleaning a shower screen with a squeegee

The bathroom is a very busy room and it can quickly get dirty. Many bathroom designs revolve around minimalism and their stylishness can quickly be undermined if not kept clean.

The shower is often an area in need of particular attention, so in this article we’ll discuss how to keep it clean and looking great.

Cleaning the glass

A stylish glass shower screen can go from crisp and clear to dull and translucent very quickly. The rest of your bathroom could be clean and fresh, but if you’ve got a drip-covered glass screen creating an eyesore, it can really let the side down.

Fortunately, all you need is a quality cleaning product like Viakal or Pink Stuff cream to get rid of water marks. You can choose to apply the cleaning product with your choice of brillo pad or good quality squeegee, whichever you feel comfortable with.

It’s helpful to keep a squeegee conveniently mounted in the shower so you can wipe off excess water from the screen and tiles when you’ve had a shower.

For an extra clear finish, some people even recommend using a small amount of furniture polish on the glass screen to act as a water repellent and stop drip marks building up in future.

Cleaning the rubber seal

At the bottom of your glass however screen you’ve probably got a rubber seal that helps to stop water splashing out onto the floor. Because the seal is at the bottom, it naturally attracts water and dirt and can easily get very marked as a consequence.

A common issue with rubber seals is the build-up of mould and mildew spots, and how hard these are to remove depends on the level of moisture in your bathroom.

It’s quite a narrow and awkward strip to access so a soft toothbrush is usually more suitable than a brillo pad. You can try spraying some mould and mildew remover on the seal, leaving it for 15-20mins before removing it with the toothbrush and rinsing it down with clean water.

If this doesn’t work then you can try and higher-strength citrus based spray cleaner. Alternatively, diluting 2 tablespoons of bleach with a small amount of water and leaving it for 30mins on the seal is another good option to try.

Removing limescale

Limescale is a white, chalky deposit that can form on shower screens, taps, tiles and around plug holes. It tends to affect homes in hard water areas, where the water has a high mineral content. It’s perfectly harmless but can look unsightly

You can buy dedicated limescale remover sprays which you can put on shower screens or other affected areas and wipe off with a brillo pad. White vinegar is a nice, eco-friendly alternative.

If you’ve got limescale on your glass shower screen, then getting rid of it will help restore your bathroom to its stylish best.

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