Using the non-porous surface of a shower glass door
to deal with mildew involves a combination of regular maintenance, proper cleaning techniques, and effective preventive measures. Here's how you can leverage the non-porous properties of a glass door to prevent and manage mildew:
After each shower, use a squeegee or a clean, dry microfiber towel to wipe down the glass door. This helps remove water droplets and prevent moisture from lingering on the surface.
Make sure to also wipe down any metal hardware or tracks to prevent water accumulation and potential rusting.
Ensure proper bathroom ventilation by using an exhaust fan or opening windows to reduce humidity levels. Lower humidity helps discourage mildew growth on any surface, including the glass door.
Use a mildew-resistant shower spray or cleaner on the glass door. Many commercial cleaners are designed to help prevent the growth of mildew and soap scum. Look for products specifically labeled as mildew-resistant or designed for shower use.
Consider applying a glass protectant or sealant. These products can create an additional barrier on the glass surface, making it even more resistant to the attachment of mildew and other contaminants.
Clean the glass door on a regular basis to prevent soap scum and mineral deposits from accumulating. Use a non-abrasive, pH-neutral cleaner to avoid damaging the glass.
Apply the cleaner to the glass, let it sit for a few minutes (as directed), and then scrub gently with a soft, non-abrasive sponge or cloth. Pay attention to any areas where mildew may have started to develop.
Rinse thoroughly with water to remove all traces of the cleaning solution.
For a natural and effective mildew-fighting solution, you can mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray this solution onto the glass, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub gently. Rinse thoroughly afterward.
Baking Soda Paste:
To tackle tougher mildew stains, create a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the affected areas, let it sit for a while, and then scrub gently before rinsing.