How Do Hotels Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean?

Have you ever noticed how the shower doors in the hotel rooms are so squeaky clean? There’s no rocket science behind it – but how do hotels keep glass shower doors clean and sparkling?

Read on and I’ll tell you…plus a lot more, too!

How Do Hotels Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean?

how do hotels keep glass shower doors clean

The simple answer is that they clean them daily as soon as they’re vacant after use. Bathroom showers are where the soap scum and the hard water residue accumulate the most so proper cleaning is a must for clear glass shower doors.

Regular cleaning can keep the soapy buildup and hard water stains away, resulting in a spotless shower door you love to see when staying in a nice hotel.

What Causes Hard Water Stains on Shower Doors?

You might be wrong if you think your shower area is a permanent clean place, but that’s definitely not the case. Hard water is made up of various dissolved minerals like magnesium, calcium, chalk, and limescale that leave a sticky residue on the surface making the glass look dirty and cloudy.

Minerals in hard water leave soap scum and limescale all over your shower enclosure and other parts of the home if you use the same water for cleaning.

Cleaning Stains and Soap Scum on Glass Shower Doors

Here’s a helpful list of a few natural ways to keep your shower doors sparkling clean just like a hotel without having to work too hard.


Distilled vinegar is one of the most cost-effective and practical solutions to clean your glass shower glass doors. Its acidic nature prevents the soap scum from building up on the door, leaving it perfectly clean.

  1. Add vinegar and warm water with a 1:4 ratio in a spray bottle and spray it on the glass doors, faucets, and edges.
  2. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and wipe it with a dry cloth or paper towel.

You can also combine vinegar with dish soap keeping an equal 1:1 ratio.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is alkaline which makes it an excellent cleaning agent. Its chemical properties, when combined with water, help remove scum or grime from the showers.

You can use baking soda and water or mix it with vinegar to apply to your glass doors. Wipe it off with a damp cloth to make your shower glass doors sparkling and spotlessly clean.

Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Salt

Vinegar, baking soda, and salt mixture create a powerful cleaning solution for hard water stains. Spray vinegar on the glass door, and spread a half cup of baking soda and 1 tbsp salt mixture onto it.

Rinse a few minutes later.

Lemon and Water

Like vinegar, lemon has acidic properties that leave your glass doors clean and smell great, unlike vinegar. Mix the lemon juice with distilled water and spray it over the shower door and faucets.

Essential Oils

Essential oils like lavender, lemon, tea tree, and peppermint are also great cleaning agents that prevent soap scum buildup on the shower glass doors while leaving your bathroom smelling great and fresh.

What Can I Put on My Shower Glass To Prevent Spots?

what can i put on my shower glass to prevent spots

Most hotels also use water softeners to prevent the showers from getting water spots.

  • A water softener will work against the hard water mineral deposits, keeping your glass door sparkly clean.
  • For a long-term solution, applying a protective coating to your glass shower doors will help prevent hard water spots from building up on your shower door too.

Should You Wipe Down Your Shower After Every Use?

Yes, wiping down your shower door and walls after each use or at least every few days will prevent the accumulation of soap scum and water spots for a longer time. It will save you from the hassle of endlessly scrubbing down your shower glass later on.

Take a minute after every shower and clean the glass door with a vinegar and water solution or baking soda and dishwashing detergent. Wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.

That’ll help eliminate the spots and residue without too much elbow grease since grime and dirt will be loosened up due to the hot water and steam.

How Do You Prevent Mold on Shower Doors?

how do you prevent mold on shower doors

Daily cleaning is perhaps the best way to combat mold on your glass shower door. Bleach or peroxide-based products are really good for removing and and to prevent mold from your shower doors without damaging anything.

Besides, leave the door open for some time after each use. It’ll let the air circulate through all parts of the shower and prevent the area from getting damp which is the best breeding environment for mold.

Can You Use Clorox Wipes on Glass Shower Doors?

can you use clorox wipes on glass shower doors

Although it seems pretty convenient to wipe off the soap and water buildup using Clorox wipes, I don’t recommend using them on shower glass doors. Instead, use a Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner which is specially designed for the purpose.

Can You Use Windex on a Glass Shower Door?

can you use windex on a glass shower door

While it won’t hurt anything, and although people think Windex is an all-purpose cleaner, experts recommend not using Windex on glass doors. Windex doesn’t do a good job with removing soap residue or hard water mineral accumulation.

James Marshall

About the author

James is a business management professional and consultant with a former background in maintenance, repair, and hands-on projects. He enjoys DIY tasks and maintenance around the home as well as part-time writing. Read more »