4 Tips for Cleaning a Fiberglass Shower Enclosure

A standing shower with a fiberglass interior.

Cleaning a fiberglass shower enclosure has been the subject of problems for many people over the years. This type of shower has a tendency to get very dirty through use, if not properly maintained. Soap scum can build up and look very disgusting over time. Many homeowners just give up at a certain point because they do not know how to clean it properly. While it may not be common knowledge, there are a few ways that you can clean a fiberglass shower enclosure effectively.

1. Commercial Cleaners

There are a number of commercial cleaners out there that can do the job. One of the most popular chemicals for this type of job is the Scrubbing Bubbles brand. Many people like to use this product as it can effectively eat away the soap scum that builds up. Another popular brand is Krud Klutter. These two products are readily available and inexpensive if you want something that is easy to use.

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking Soda

If you enjoy using products that you may already have around your home, baking soda and vinegar form a powerful team when you are looking to clean a fiberglass interior. Clean with a little baking soda mixture and it will help get rid of any stubborn soap scum. Once you are done with the baking soda, try cleaning the shower with a little bit of vinegar. The vinegar will bubble and help you to get to the bottom of the grime. This will usually result in a sparkling clean shower enclosure.

3. Alcohol

Another home remedy for cleaning fiberglass is to use pure alcohol on it. This works especially well if you have stained areas in your shower. Just pour some alcohol directly onto the surface and the stain will usually be gone with just a little scrubbing. It’s an extremely efficient and effective cleaner.

Rubbing alcohol

4. Oven Cleaner and Magic Eraser

Another unorthodox way to clean the fiberglass enclosure is to use oven cleaner. Oven cleaner has some powerful ingredients in it that is designed to get to the bottom of some pretty nasty grime. The dirtiness on the inside of your oven is usually a lot harder to clean than a shower. Therefore, the cleaner usually works wonders on getting even the most stubborn scum and stains up.

Once you have let the oven cleaner soak into the soap scum and grime for a while, take a Magic Eraser to the area and remove anything that remains. This combination will typically result in an unbelievably clean fiberglass enclosure that looks like it did when it was new. This combination has worked on some very dirty fiberglass shower enclosures and it should work for you as well.