Why are glass shower screens difficult to clean?

Shower Screen Cleaning - Alpine Carpet & Tile Cleaning

Have you ever wondered why it’s almost impossible to remove calcium and water staining off your glass shower screens?

Learn More (the tech stuff)!

You won’t believe it, but although it may look and feel like it, glass is not completely flat.  If you looked through a microscope, the view is like a mountain valley range, perfect for trapping calcium and other minerals which build-up.

Untreated glass is porous and as a result, it absorbs mineral deposits and soap scum, making it more and more difficult to clean. Over time glass will discolour and etching will occur in harsh environments. A common harsh environment is in the household bathroom. The shower screen is subject to mineral deposits from the hot water used, moisture is trapped under the shampoo chemicals, soaps, body fats etc. There it forms into a solid crystalline substance rather liken to the scale in your kettle this condition continues to build over time, each shower making it harder and harder to remove.

Being left unchecked long enough it will become impossible to easily remove all the build-up as it now also contains the mineral called “Silica”.  Your glass shower screen contains silica (silica sand=glass). The silica molecules recognise each other and end up with the silica minerals bonding to each other, making it all but impossible to remove due to silica etching.

Unfortunately, silica etching is permanent, so this is why you should get a professional shower screen cleaning company in to remove this buildup effectively before any real damage to the shower screen panel can occur.

How we do it!

There are many supermarket and DIY products on the market which claim to clean your shower screens.  When we first started in this business, we tried them all!  From lemon juice, bi-carb & vinegar, to the strongest bleaches.  Trust us, they don’t work.  All they are capable of is removing soap scum build up.  It’s the hard water staining (calcium, minerals and silica) that you need removed, which these products cannot achieve.

We use a commercial biodegradable cutting-edge cleaning/polishing compound, along with professional polishing tools to restore your shower screens and glass balustrades, to a sparkling ‘as new’ condition. We pride ourselves on achieving results of between 90 – 98%, providing the glass has not been damaged or scratched by previous attempts at cleaning or is etched by silica deposits.

Check out our video on our https://alpinecarpetcleaning.com.au/shower-screen-cleaning-perth/ page to see how we do it!

Once we’ve done the work of removing the hard water staining/build up, you should always use a squeegee or glass microfibre cloth to wipe down after every shower, to maintain the clear finish.  You can opt to have glass protection applied to your shower screens, which will give you extra protection from recontamination for three years.  Ask us for more details!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0411 225 720 or emailing us at info@alpinecarpetcleaning.com.au.

Good Luck from the Cleaning Guru!

BLOGGER: Paul Mitchell, Owner/Operator of Alpine Carpet & Tile Cleaning, Perth. 
 Alpine Carpet Cleaning Northern Perth Van

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