Acrylic shower doors are a great addition to any bathroom. They look and feel like glass, but they are much lighter, and you don’t have to worry about them shattering. While acrylic does not chip or break as easily as glass, it still needs to be clean regularly. Acrylic doors can become dingy and may even appear foggy if they are not well taken care of. There are a few tricks; that will help you keep your shower doors sparkling clean year-round with the least amount of effort possible.
Information on Acrylic Doors
Acrylic shower doors are the perfect addition to your bathroom. They are easy to clean and maintain, durable, affordable, and lightweight. Anyone with a little DIY knowledge can install them, or you can hire someone to do it for you if you don’t have time or aren’t confident in your skills.
Acrylic shower doors are made out of clear molded plastic; that is shaped into panels, which are then bonded together with silicone sealant between them; to create a solid unit that will last for years without any problems at all! Acrylic shower doors do not corrode as metal ones do over time; due to their chemical composition being more resistant than metal when exposed regularly under harsh conditions. Such as those found inside most homes throughout America today. So there is no need to worry about corrosion ever occurring on these lovely pieces, which makes them even better than normal glass alternatives because they won’t get cloudy over time either! This means they’ll always stay looking brand new throughout eternity.
Which Products Should I Use to Clean My Doors?
Acrylic shower doors are the most common type of shower door, and they can be cleaned with a variety of products. You may already have some cleaning supplies on hand but if you do not, here are some suggestions for what to use:
- Regular dish soap (or dishwashing liquid)
- Mild detergent
- A mild abrasive cleaner like Soft Scrub or Comet Cleaner (available at grocery stores)
Prepare for Operation Clean
Cleaning your acrylic shower doors before a start is key to getting a thorough, effective cleaning.
- If you have a lot of soap scum and scuff marks, use a scrub brush on the glass and the track. The scrub brush helps knock loose any caked-on residue that has accumulated over time and makes it easier for the cleaner to penetrate your shower door’s surface while also removing buildup from hard water stains.
- If you have hard water stains on your acrylic shower door, use a soft cloth or sponge dipped in distilled vinegar—not detergent—and gently wipe down all surfaces until they are clean again. Vinegar will help neutralize any residue from soap scum or hard water deposits without damaging the finish of your acrylic shower door.
Safest Way to Clean Your Doors
When it comes to cleaning your acrylic door, you’ll want to make sure that you avoid abrasive cleaners and tools. The best way to ensure this is by using a non-abrasive cleaner and soft clothes or rags. Never use paper towels or sponges as they can scratch the surface of the acrylic doors, which will compromise their beauty and longevity. Steel wool is another no-no because it can leave tiny scratches; that are almost impossible to remove later on.
Choose Your Weapons
To clean your acrylic shower doors, choose the right weapon.
Microfiber cloths are great for dry dusting but won’t remove soap scum or other gunk. A scrub brush is ideal for cleaning away dirt, but it may scratch the surface of your door if not used correctly. A sponge can be especially useful if you want to avoid getting any water on the door itself (it won’t harm it). Soft cloths and sponges work great for getting into tight corners where water can’t reach; just make sure they are not too rough with the surface of your door! Finally, damp cloths are ideal; if you want to wipe away hard-to-remove stains without harming them further!
The Big Guns
- Use a glass cleaner with ammonia. The next time you notice that your shower doors have an accumulation of soap scum or hard water stains, grab the big guns and reach for a glass cleaner with ammonia. Ammonia will cut through the grime, but be careful: it can weaken acrylic plastic over time if used too often.
- Use a glass cleaner with vinegar. Vinegar is another good option for cleaning acrylic shower doors because it is milder than straight ammonia and does not corrode plastic so easily. This makes it ideal for removing hard-to-remove stains without wearing out your door prematurely, and you won’t need to wear gloves while using this solution!
- Use a glass cleaner with bleach (or baking soda). If none of those solutions worked on their own, try mixing all three in equal parts to create an all-purpose cleaning agent that should remove any kind of soap scum from any type of acrylic material!
A Gentler Touch
When you are cleaning your acrylic shower doors, you should use a soft cloth and avoid using abrasive cleaners. Abrasive cleaners can scratch the surface of your acrylic shower door, which can make it less clear; and therefore more susceptible to staining.
It’s also important not to use bleach or ammonia on acrylic shower doors because they can damage the protective coating on the surface of the plastic that keeps it protected from deterioration caused by water exposure over time.
Some people suggest using scouring powders or harsh chemicals such as vinegar or acetone—but these methods could scratch up your door’s protective coating, so it’s best to stick with a soft cloth and mild cleaner like dish soap.
Keep It Clean
To keep your shower door looking like new, you need to be careful with what you use on it. Use only mild soap or detergents with a soft cloth and avoid abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, and ammonia. To make cleaning easier, try a non-abrasive cleaner such as Cif or Formula 409; which are available in most supermarkets.
Do not use bleach or harsh chemicals on the acrylic shower door as they may scratch the surface. Also, avoid using glass cleaners as they will leave streaks that are difficult to remove and could damage the finish on some types of acrylic material.
Acrylic shower doors can be cleaned with a simple mixture of water and dish soap, but it is still important to use the right products. Most of the acrylic will react poorly with bleach or other strong chemicals; many types of shampoo and laundry detergent are not recommended for cleaning acrylic either.
I recommend using Method Shower Cleaner in the blue bottle as your primary method of cleaning your shower door. It’s biodegradable, edible (don’t eat it), non-toxic and safe for even the smallest children and pets if they get into it somehow! The best part about the Method is? You can use it on any surface including glass, tile, plastic–even granite countertops!
Preparation for operation clean
Before you start scrubbing away at your shower door with some kind of chemical agent or other abrasive material like steel wool or baking soda, make sure that all traces of mold or mildew have been removed first so there isn’t anything left behind once everything is dry again after washing down those surfaces with soapy water once more time (or twice).
The safest way to clean your doors without damaging them too much would probably involve using some sort of specialized cleaner designed specifically for removing stains caused by hard water deposits.
We hope that this article has helped you to see acrylic shower doors in a new light. The tips and products we’ve given here will help to keep your acrylic shower doors sparkling, but the most important thing is that you remember to clean them regularly. If you follow our advice and make it a habit to clean your acrylic shower doors once a week, they should last for many years without any problems.