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- January 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm #336010redqueen
We have really hard water that leaves a scale on the shower doors that defies cleaning. I have tried every homemade and commercial scale remover that I know of, with a lot of elbow grease, and still I’m left with scaly glass doors. Does anyone know of a method to get rid of this that will work?
The only other thing I can think of to try at this point is to take the doors off, lay them flat, and soak them in vinegar for hours before scrubbing, and I don’t even know if that will work.
thanks for any ideas!
- January 2, 2014 at 9:07 pm #447632FreebieQueen
@redqueen 396656 wrote:
We have really hard water that leaves a scale on the shower doors that defies cleaning. I have tried every homemade and commercial scale remover that I know of, with a lot of elbow grease, and still I’m left with scaly glass doors. Does anyone know of a method to get rid of this that will work? The only other thing I can think of to try at this point is to take the doors off, lay them flat, and soak them in vinegar for hours before scrubbing, and I don’t even know if that will work.
thanks for any ideas!
Try this but DONT substitute the dawn:
- January 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm #447832redqueen
Thanks. I had to wait until I got more vinegar, we were out. I’m going to try this today, and will post results.
It’s not soap scum that’s the issue, though, it’s the mineral component of our water, so I’m hoping…
- January 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm #447890Jerilynn2106
Thanks for the tip, I will try this today. Hope it works.
- January 6, 2014 at 1:31 am #447933redqueen
I tried the cleaning solution. I sprayed it on last night, let it sit overnight, and washed it off this morning. It works great on the soap scum areas, and cleaned the tile well, but alas, the hard water scale is still left behind.
ugh. At this point I am thinking that I will have to wait until warmer weather, take the doors down, lay them down on the table outside, soak them & then scrub forever. bummer.
- January 6, 2014 at 5:30 am #447943Wildpuppy57
:038:I’m gonna have to try this! I have trouble with the hard-water deposits on my shower doors, also.
- January 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm #447961Liss
@redqueen 399601 wrote:
I tried the cleaning solution. I sprayed it on last night, let it sit overnight, and washed it off this morning. It works great on the soap scum areas, and cleaned the tile well, but alas, the hard water scale is still left behind. ugh. At this point I am thinking that I will have to wait until warmer weather, take the doors down, lay them down on the table outside, soak them & then scrub forever. bummer.
When we lived out in the Midwest we had Incredibly Hard water- I mean it literally was orange when you turned the faucet on. Hubby says that he used a product called “CLR” . If I recall correctly, the smell was fairly unpleasant, but it removed the severe stains that were in the toilets/sinks and tub. You can get it at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Tractor Supply, etc. It should run about $10 a bottle at the big box stores but a little goes a LONG way.
He said he didn’t have to scrub them at all, he sprayed them, waited an hour, sprayed them again, then wiped them down. I do remember that the Orange “pooled” on the floor of the shower/tub, so lay an old rag at the edge of any shower doors, etc. I think once you get the build-up off you should be able to use the scum cleaner recipe about once a week to maintain.
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- January 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm #447982MrsGPJ
My parents’ well produced hard water too, and cleaning the shower seemed point;less to me in my teenage years. We’d heard somewhere to use Coca Cola, well no it just made everything sticky. But the CLR worked great, then I could use white vinegar (distilled) as a follow-up cleaner…
along with my Mom’s beloved Bon Ami cleanser.
Good luck to you.
- January 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm #448014redqueen
This is the thing…I don’t know what kind of indestructible rock is coming through our water, but it defies CLR. With a ton of scrubbing. and bon ami.
and vinegar. and fiberglass cleaner. and ceramic stovetop cleaner.
and baking soda. I work in a science dept., and it’s been (half jokingly) suggested that I try picric acid. I can get it ‘pretty good’ which I guess is going to have to do.
In warm weather I’ll try taking them off and laying them down so I can pool stuff to sit on them without drying.
- January 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm #448102TMiller
I live in the country and have very hard water. My toilets turn orange along with the showers and tubs. The absolute best product to use is Sno Bol!
This is obviously a toilet bowl cleaner, but I also use it on showers and tubs. No elbow grease required. Just squirt the product on and the orange stains run off.
Sno Bol is hard to find, so I order it by the case off the internet. Do not get the thick gel kind. The gel will work, but not as well.
Purchase the old fashioned runny Sno Bol. Also, do not get this product on your fixtures. It is highly acidic and will discolor faucets, etc.
- January 10, 2014 at 2:20 am #448135bethaliz6894
I make a combination of equal amounts of borax to murphy’s oil soap. if it gets to thick add a touch of water. I scrub my showers down weekly.
then I will take a rag soaked on lemon oil and wipe the shower walls and the door down. it helps keep the spots away. a maid told me that trick.
I also use a once a day shower cleaner that I learned from the TV show “how clean is your house” it is…
1 cup of vinegar
1 big squirt of dawn
1/4 cup jet dry
I mix in a quart squirt bottle, top off with water. spray after each shower. this will keep the doors clean.
it will take a while but it will help eat away the other stuff that is plaguing your shower. don’t spray real heavy or it will just run off. spray a lite mist. you can even spray it several times a day for a while if you would like.
- January 10, 2014 at 2:52 am #448136redqueen
thanks! I will try both those options. Hoping to get it clear so I can go back to the daily preventative.
- January 10, 2014 at 3:14 am #448140bethaliz6894
I know how bad hard water can be. I have to take a shower with a hard hat on because the water has rocks in it. just a word of warning, if you do the borax with murphy’s use rubber gloves.
it will make my hands break out….
also, be aware of your hot water heater. even though we flush ours every year, it still became clogged with lime and sediment. we had to replace a year 10 after 7 years.
🙁 the plumber that installed the new one told us to flush it every quarter.
- February 14, 2014 at 4:59 am #450913blynnmess
Have had to use CLR in the past… please make sure area is ventilated as the smell is a bit unpleasant!! I have hard water also…
and about every 3 months I have to use clr. i am super excited to try the myo cleaner mentioned above!!! good luck to you with the doors!!!
- February 14, 2014 at 9:52 pm #450954poetplatoon
I was so amazed! That little bugger sparkles like new again! Thanks for the tip.
- February 15, 2014 at 8:20 am #450967MM100MOM
We also have very hard water and though I don’t have any good ideas for cleaning the mineral deposits off your shower doors I will tell you what the glass guy told me. He said to use the wax they use for boats on my fiberglass shower AND the glass doors to prevent the minerals from sticking. This way I have prevented the problem for 30 years.
- February 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm #450987aew1949
I’ve used Dip-It Coffeemaker Cleaner (mixed at least 50/50 with water) on minerals that vinegar and/or CLR & Lime-Away didn’t work on. Some places I’ve lived have minerals that the coffeemaker cleaner works better on.
- February 16, 2014 at 12:44 am #451015murph17
Thanks, I will try this and let you know. My fiberglass tub is stained yellow/orange. Here’s hoping
- February 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm #451095kapusta2
We have very hard water and lime scale, we have found a product at the Dollar Tree call The Works. It will “melt’ the scale before your eyes. Open a window and turn on a vent though it is very strong.
When possible I use a steam cleaner regularly in the showers that seems to prevent the build up and prevention is less stinky than the cleaner.
- February 18, 2014 at 1:25 am #451110bethaliz6894
Becareful when using “The Works” it will take the chrome off of your shower doors and faucets. I used the works, on a brand new shower, and ruined the shower. I only used one bottle and will never use it again.
- February 19, 2014 at 5:23 pm #451180diannadegraw
I a paste of Borax and water. It is a wonderful thing to remove hard water scale to cooked on grease on pots, pans and grill grates.
- February 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm #451207aew1949
Murph17, yellow/orange is rust stain. Krud Kutter® makes a spray cleaner for rusty stuff, and Iron-out® is safe on fiberglass. They have a spray now, too.
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