Using Wax to Prevent Stains on Shower Doors

A shower door
  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 10-20
What You'll Need
2 clean dry rags
Anti-wax cleaner

If your shower doors are plagued by hard water spots, or even mildew or mold, you are not alone. Shower doors are notoriously difficult to clean and even harder to keep clean over a long period of time. This is because shower doors are exposed to a great deal of moisture, which invites all sorts of problems. If you find your shower door difficult to clean, you should be aware that you can prevent many common problems by waxing your shower door ahead of time. What follows should help you figure out how to most effectively apply wax to your shower doors.

Step 1 - Clean

Before you wax your shower door, you will have to clean it. Waxing your shower door without cleaning it first makes no sense, as you will only be locking in the stains and trying to prevent something that has already happened.

The best way to keep your shower doors clean is with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. This will remove both water spots and mold. Mix your water and vinegar in a bucket, and use your sponge to apply them to your shower door. You should see results immediately. Once you have done this, towel dry your shower door thoroughly. This will also help the vinegar prevent future water spots and mold from forming, but it is important to have very dry shower doors for the next step.

Step 2 - Wax

Now it is time to actually apply the wax to your shower doors. Any kind of wax advertised for cars is acceptable. Get out one of your rags and apply a small amount of wax to it. Next, rub it onto your shower door in small circular motions. Apply more wax to your rag as needed and continue until your shower door is coated lightly in wax. Finally, wait for the wax to dry.

If possible, avoid getting wax on anything other than the glass of your shower door, as it can cause stains and other problems.

Step 3 - Buff

Before you are truly finished, you will have to buff the wax. Get out your second rag — the one you have not used yet. Use your clean rag to buff the wax until it shines. Move your rag in small circles over your waxed shower door until it is shiny.

You will have to periodically shake the rag you are using to buff the wax to remove wax dust from it.

Step 4 - Finish Up

Once you have buffed your wax, you will need to clean up any wax dust that has ended up on your floor. This is a very important step because wax can make the floor of your bathroom very slippery, especially when you combine it with water. As this can be dangerous, you should clean it up immediately.

Use a cleaning product designed to remove wax on the floor of your shower, as well as anywhere that wax dust may have fallen. Almost any strong commercial cleaning product will work for this.