Improving Your Door Hardware

Have you ever thought about what you could do to make your front door look better? Although it might seem like a simple addition, a new door knob, a simple door knocker, or a kick plate might make all the difference in the world. My blog is all about helping you to create an impressive front door. It might seem like a small change, but a door upgrade can improve your home's curb appeal. Also, upgrading your door hardware can also make your door easier to use. State-of-the-art electronic deadbolts are easy to use--even if you lost your key. Check out this blog for more advice.

Shower Doors And Mineral-Rich Water: Keeping The Spots Away


Glass shower doors have an amazing ability to show off just how mineral-rich your water is even if you live in an area with relatively soft water. It seems like your doors will always have a limescale spot or two unless you embark on a constant battle to scrub away the spots. Keeping your shower doors looking clean does take persistence, but it doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, you can make it a very easy task if you are consistent in your efforts to keep the door clean.

Get a Water Softener

If you live in an area with hard water, do get a household water softener. You'll notice a major drop in the number of spots left behind not only on your shower door but also on anything you wash, including drinking glasses and mugs. Your skin will feel better, your clothes will smell better, and your water-using appliances and fixtures will last longer.

You might not see a disappearance of all spots. That's OK. What you want to see is a disappearance of most spots because that will make your cleaning job a lot easier.

Use a Squeegee After Every Shower Use

Those spots form when water left on the glass evaporates and leaves behind the minerals in the water. If you remove the water before it evaporates, you reduce the potential for spots to form. After each shower use, be it for a regular shower, hand-washing clothes, bathing the dog, or even after you've hosed down the shower during a regular cleaning, run a squeegee across the glass, top to bottom. You can buy squeegees for a shower at most big-box stores.

The Vinegar Soak and Its Variations

Vinegar is very good at loosening up scale so you can wash it away. Shower doors present a bit of a problem because they're vertical and huge, so you can't just pop them into a plastic container filled with vinegar, like you might do with a showerhead. Instead, you'll need to spray the vinegar on and get it to stay on. Variations include mixing vinegar and water or using vinegar alone; using lemon juice first and then a baking soda paste followed by vinegar; soaking a towel in vinegar and sticking it to the glass; and so on. The vinegar should loosen the scale after about an hour, but then you'll have to scrub the glass to actually remove the scale.

Do This Often so It Doesn't Build Up

This job is a big one if you let things build up. But if you clean often, say giving the door a spray of vinegar every week, you're going to find it's a lot easier to get those spots off. They won't have as long to become a set feature of the glass, and you won't have as many to clean off.

One more thing that could help, if you're in the market for a new shower door, is getting one with frosted or marbled glass. These features help hide the spots, and while removing the spots is better, not being able to see them in the first place helps as well.  


31 March 2021