How To Clean Glass Shower Blocks
Shower Glass Block Cleaning Tips
By Troy Cantini
It is important to regularly clean your glass shower blocks to keep soap scum and hard water from forming on them. Keeping up with the soap scum and hard water on a regular basis will save you time and energy in the future and also keep your glass shower blocks from develping a hazy look to them. Hard water and soap scum deposits that are allowed to accumulate can be extremely difficult to remove.
Glass shower blocks can be aesthetically beautiful and provide natural filtered sunlight in an otherwise dark shower. The beauty of these glass shower blocks comes at a price though. It is important to wipe down and clean the glass shower blocks on a regular basis. Glass shower blocks can be easily scratched and dulled with many types of aggressive scrub pads or abrasive cleaning products.
The glass in glass shower blocks is often times an acrylic product that is softer and more prone to scratching than pure glass. Scratched and dulled glass shower blocks can look much worse after they have been scratched with these types of abrasive cleaning products. Using a liquid soap can help minimize the soap scum build up on the glass shower blocks. Also if you have extremely hard water it may help to have a water softener set up to minimize the hard water build up in your shower.
Wiping down and drying the glass shower blocks after every shower is the best way to keep soap scum and hard water from forming on them. A soft microfiber or cotton towel works well to safely wipe down and dry the glass shower blocks without scratching them. A gentle Ph neutral shower tile cleaning product can also be used to keep the soap scum and hard water deposits from forming. It is important to keep the hard water deposits and associated soap scum from drying and depositing on the glass shower blocks between showers. Doing this on a daily or weekly basis is the best method to keep the hard water and soap scum from forming and dulling the look of your glass shower blocks.
If you do not have any stone or acid sensitive tiles in your shower then a mild acidic cleaner can be used to remove the soap scum and hard water deposits from your glass shower blocks. Most ceramic and porcelain tiles are not sensitive to acidic cleaning products. A gentle acidic cleaner works well to dissolve the soap scum and hard water deposits. You should only use a soft non abrasive scrub pad when cleaning glass shower blocks. It is important not to scratch the glass shower blocks when you are cleaning them. Scratched glass shower blocks will usually look much worse than the original soap scum and hard water deposits.
It is always necessary to first test clean an out of the way glass shower block first. You should spray some of the acidic cleaner on one of the out of way glass shower blocks and scrub it down with the non-abrasive scrub pad. You should then rinse the excess cleaning products off the glass shower block and completely dry it and inspect it from all different angles with as much light as possible. You want to make sure that no scratches are present from your chosen scrub pad. If your are certain that there are no scratches present then you can go on to clean the entire shower. If you do notice scratching in your test block then you should switch to an even softer type of scrub pad for you cleaning procedure.
If there are acid sensitive stone tiles in your shower then acidic products should not be used in the shower. You do not want to make unsightly etch marks on your stone tiles when cleaning your shower. Only safe non-acidic soap scum removers should be used for cleaning stone tile showers.
A professional soap scum remover like MB-3 works well to safely remove soap scum and hard water deposits without damaging or etching delicate stone tiles. You should follow the instructions on the soap scum remover and dilute it per the manufactures instructions. You can then spray it directly on the glass shower blocks and allow it to dwell for 15-30 minutes. Do not allow the soap scum remover to dry on the glass blocks. You may need to continually apply and wipe down the glass shower blocks for the entire dwell time to keep the soap scum remover from drying. You should then use the gentle scrub pad to gently wipe away the soap scum and hard water deposits. You should then completely rinse the excess cleaner and completely dry the glass shower blocks to inspect them.
If you see that the hard water deposits have not been totally removed you may try to use a more aggressive type of scrub pad. You should always test the aggressive scrub pad on out of the way blocks to ensure that they are not being excessively scratched. If you see that your glass shower blocks are becoming scratched with the aggressive scrub pads then you may want to try re cleaning the glass shower blocks with the gentle scrub pads using more scrub time and more dwell time with the cleaning products. In many cases the hard water deposits will not look nearly as bad as scratched shower blocks. You may be forced to live with some difficult to remove hard water deposits.
The grout between the glass shower blocks can also be difficult to clean and maintain. The same cleaning products and procedure used for cleaning the glass shower blocks can be used for cleaning the grout between the glass shower blocks. Damaged and broken grout should be replaced to ensure water does not get into the glass shower block installation. In many cases of extremely stained and damaged grout a shower grout colorsealing application can be used to seal and restore the grout to like new condition. If the grout gets clean with the normal cleaning procedure than you should always seal the grout with an impregnating sealer. This sealer will help protect the grout from becoming stained and keep mold and mildew from forming in the grout lines. Typically the grout between glass shower blocks is wider than normal tiles so it is essential to keep these wide grout lines sealed and protected.
When sealing the grout between glass shower blocks you need to be extremely careful that a grout sealer haze does not form on the glass shower blocks. Do not allow the grout sealer to dry on the surface of the glass shower blocks. Only seal small sections of the glass shower wall at a time and ensure that you thoroughly wipe down and dry all excess grout sealer. Using a solvent based tile and grout sealer like Stonetech Impregnator Pro helps to ensure that a grout sealer haze or film does not form on the surface of the glass shower blocks when sealing the grout.
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