Asked on Oct 15, 2017

How to clear shower glass from long-standing hard water/soap?

KDA10738940Michele Wohletz EyraudElly Welchert


Probably just wiped down and never scrubbed for 15 years?! I've tried soap/glass cleaners/Chlorox products/CLR/vinegars/baking soda/multiple brushes and even single-edge razor blades. What you see in the picture is at least 70% better than it was! I'm also open for best options to get rid of the lovely gold trimming that is throughout the bathroom too?!
q how to clear shower glass from long standing hard water soap
Looking through the 'glass' overlooking the gold-fixture tub.
12 answers
  • Carole Atson
    on Oct 15, 2017

    try some WD 40
  • Fauxgal
    on Oct 15, 2017

    You will have to soak it in a vinegar, lemon, baking soda paste. Make the vinegar, lemon mix (half lemon juice, half white vinegar), and add in the baking soda until it settles down, and you can make a thick paste. You will have to apply the paste and let it sit for hours. Then come back and scrub with a plastic brush.
    • Fauxgal
      on Oct 16, 2017

      We took our doors down and outside. We did it in the shade, so to slow down the drying. But you can spritz it with a spray bottle of vinegar, off and on as it dries.
  • Amy Gugelman
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 15, 2017

    make a mixture of white vinegar and water,add a dab of blue dawn dish soap and a dab of jet dry
  • 27524803
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Can you take the glass (doors?) off so they can lay flat... some times giving the cleaner time to soak will cut thru when just spraying won't... and it makes it easier to re-apply if needed.
  • Eileen Crosby
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Have you tried a Mr. Clean “Magic Eraser” ? These work well for me on so many projects, including glass shower doors with hard water stains or soap scum.
  • Stephanie Ward
    on Oct 15, 2017

    try straight vinegar. You will have to use a lot. You need to figure out what works best for you. I soak towels and hang them over top of glass. Let sit and drip for about 15 min. The vinegar needs to be able to break up scum. Then start scrubbing with brush dunked in vinegar. Stinky job. Also, Tilex bathroom cleaner works but you'll have to do it several times. Once again, it needs to be left on for a few minutes to break down scum.
  • Vicky Davis
    on Oct 15, 2017

    I agree with the vinegar. Heat it up and then pour on the towel. First figure out a way to make it lay flat on the glass, magnets on either side? You want the heat to help the vinegar.

    If all fails, paint it on the outside. Like 'etching' it. Dry sponge to dab the paint around. Spray paint the gold with your choice of color. I sprayed everything with an 'aluminum' color. Light fixtures, etc.
  • Shelly Woodin Gillum
    on Oct 16, 2017

    I've tried the vinegar (peee-ewww!) but I'll try to soaked towels to hold it on longer!
  • Elly Welchert
    on Oct 17, 2017

    Have you tried Dryer sheets. It is great at getting soap scum off. You might be able to use it with the vinegar in a well ventilated bath. Elly
  • Michele Wohletz Eyraud
    on Oct 17, 2017

    Best homemade cleaner is two parts white vinegar to one part dawn dish soap ( blue). Put in spray bottle and spray area. Let sit about 5-10 minutes and wipe clean with damp cloth. I can't believe how fast and easy this is with no harsh chemical or smell.
  • KDA10738940
    on Oct 17, 2017

    I used Bar Keepers Friend cleaner to get the water marks off then sprayed Rainex on the glass to protect it. When we are done showering we use a squeechy to wipe of the water and I've had NO water marks since. Also to change the gold color go on Pintrest and look up painting bathroom fixtures... it looks do-able and it is one of my next projects!
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