Help Prevent Soap Scum and Water Build-up On Shower Glass with Rain-X or Enduroshield
Tired of that ugly soap scum residue and water build-up on your tub and glass shower enclosures? Believe it or not, there are products out there that say they can help prevent the build up. For homeowners with existing enclosures, this is a good thing to know. There are several on the market. Rain-X and Endurosheild are a couple I found through an online search.
Mind you, it is best if this treatment is done by the manufacturer of the enclosure at the get go as their process is more professional and will last longer. However, we don’t all have the luxury of a brand new unit going in….so…the after the fact second best solution. This is how the products work:
First, what is it that we need to know about the effects of water build-up on our glass?
- 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 can discolor, and etching can occur in harsh environments. Bathrooms are certainly a harsh environment with water everywhere.
- The shower door is subject to mineral deposits from the water, shampoo chemicals, soaps, body fats, and harsh scrubbing using toxic cleaners.
What is Enduroshield?
- EnduroShield is an ultra-thin transparent glass coating that completely adheres to the surface and provides protection that will repel both water and oil based stains.
- Cleaning is made easier, kind of like a non-stick pan, by using only mild detergent and water with a soft cloth. Or just by using a microfiber cloth and water.
- The superior protection also helps prevent the build-up of mold and harmful bacteria, promoting a germ-free environment.
What is Rain-X?
- Rain-X is a water repellent that causes water to bead and slide off of the glass surface.
- It is easy to apply and should last for weeks. Apply with a dry cloth or paper towel.
- It also helps prevent hard water deposit, soap scum and anything else you may take into the shower with you.
Now for the “Fun” part: How is it applied? (I say “fun” hesitantly, because in essence it is still work to apply it )
- Make sure the area you are working in is well ventilated.
- Be certain your surface is free of ALL grease, grime, scum and water spots (DUH, that is why we are using this in the first place so they must be GONE before use, OF COURSE!)
- Each product has its own application method. One uses a damp cloth, the other a dry cloth.
- I think Enduroshield sounds like a bit less work as it is applied and then you are done.
- If using the Rain-X product, apply it with a firm, circular motion being sure to overlap. Allow to dry till a slight haze appears, reapply again making sure to have full coverage, let dry again, then remove final haze with a dry cloth or paper towel until glass is clear
Want my 2 cents worth? Well, here it is anyway….
Either product sounds like it would do a good job. I haven’t used either product, but I had a client ask me about how she could solve her build-up problem, so I went looking, talked to my shower enclosure guys…and came up with these two solutions.
There are more products on the market than these two. However, these are the two that my people have told me that their people have used and had some success with, so I am sharing it with you people….
So, in conclusion, I say do your homework.
- You now know there are products out there that can help with this problem.
- Do a search and read for yourself about the products.
- Some say they are a one-time application…EnduroShield Home Glass Treatment 2 oz. Kit for Showers and More can be purchased on Amazon.com for $29.99
- Others say they must be re-applied again after several weeks…Rain-X 5071268 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellant – 23 oz can also be purchased on Amazon.com for $3.84
By far the best advice I can give you is… MAINTENANCE!
…Purchase a good quality squeegee and use it regularly…every time you use the shower. This will keep the build up from happening…A minute or two shouldn’t be more than you can bear depending on the size of your shower
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