Cleaning your shower doors and your shower walls are the easy part, but what about the shower track for the sliding doors? Did you forget that part? You’re not alone, many of us do. The shower door tracks are very easy to overlook.
Sadly, the shower door tracks seem to collect all sorts of debris. Some of which may be alive. Add to that mineral buildups and you can find it a huge challenge to clean your shower door tracks. Of course, this means that you need to clean your shower tracks as often as you clean the doors and walls of your shower.
Have you ever wondered how to clean an aluminum shower door and tracks? Let’s examine these do-it-yourself ways:
How To Clean Shower Tracks With Vinegar
It shouldn’t surprise you at all that vinegar is an ideal all-purpose cleaner. White vinegar is excellent at removing hard water and soap scum from shower door tracks.
What You’ll Require:
One quarter to one-half cup of white vinegar
Spray Bottle with distilled water (this won’t leave hard water deposits behind)
Old Toothbrush or Grout Brush
Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Liberally apply the white vinegar to the shower track with cotton swabs. It may not take as much as you think but apply liberally. The goal is to keep it off of the stone which could damage stone or tile.
Allow the vinegar to sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Gently dislodge any soap scum or debris with the toothbrush or grout brush. Mist the shower track with the distilled water to remove the remaining residue and vinegar.
Using the microfiber cloth, dry the area thoroughly.
Repeat this as needed. It may take several applications the first time this is done if they haven’t been cleaned in a long time.
How To Clean Shower Tracks With Steam
Another frequently used method is to use a handheld steamer to clean the shower tracks.
What you’ll need:
Steamer With Wand
Plastic spatula or a putty knife
Follow the instructions on your steamer to prepare your shower track for cleaning.
Using the wand of the steamer, loosen the goop or stains on the track.
Wrap your plastic spatula or putty knife with the microfiber towel and use this to wipe out the shower track. Repeat this as required.
Wipe out the remaining track with a fresh microfiber towel to get it completely clean.
Repeat the above steps as required until the shower track is clean and free of hard water stains, debris, soap scum, and any other debris.
To help retain a clean shower track, wipe the shower track out after each shower with a clean dry microfiber cloth.
Teach other family members how to properly care for and clean the shower track area as well so that you can retain the clean fresh look of your new shower track.