The Most Efficient Way of Cleaning Your Shower Door Tracks

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Wondering How to Clean Your Shower Door Tracks?

Take a look at the following do-it-yourself methods from Maggy Maid San Diego Team.

Cleaning Your Shower Door Tracks with Lemon and Salt


Cleaning your shower door tracks with lemon and salt is a natural and effective method that most house cleaners are using over the years. 

Here are some tips to guide you through the process:

  1. You’ll need the following:

    • Lemons (fresh or bottled lemon juice)
    • Table salt
    • Old toothbrush or scrub brush
    • Microfiber cloth or sponge
    • Water

  2. Preparing your all-natural cleaner:

    • Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a small bowl or you may use bottled lemon juice.
    • Pour a good amount of salt into another bowl.

  3. Create the Cleaning Paste:

    • Mix the lemon juice and salt to form a paste. The acidity of the lemon juice combined with the abrasive texture of the salt creates an effective cleaning solution.

  4. Apply the Paste:

    • Use your fingers or a small brush to apply the lemon-salt paste solution into the shower door tracks. Ensure that the paste covers all areas with dirt, grime, or soap scum buildup.

  5. Let it Sit for about 10 minutes:

    • Allow the paste to sit on the shower door tracks for about 10-15 minutes. This gives the acidic properties of the lemon juice and the abrasiveness of the salt enough time to break down the buildup.

  6. Scrub the Tracks:

    • After letting the paste sit, use an old toothbrush or a scrub brush to scrub the tracks thoroughly. Focus on areas with stubborn stains or buildup. The combination of scrubbing and the cleaning properties of the paste should loosen the dirt and grime.

  7. Rinse with Water:

    • Once you’ve scrubbed the tracks, rinse them thoroughly with water. You can use a handheld showerhead or a cup to pour water over the tracks. Make sure that all your cleaning solution and loosened dirt are washed away.

  8. Dry and Polish:

    • After rinsing, use a clean microfiber cloth or sponge to dry the shower door tracks. This helps prevent water spots and keeps the metal tracks from corroding. Additionally, the citric acid in the lemon juice can leave a shiny finish on the metal surfaces.

  9. Regular Maintenance:

    • To prevent dirt and soap scum buildup in the future, consider cleaning your shower door tracks regularly, once a month or as needed. Quick wipe-downs with a lemon juice and water solution can help keep them clean.

  10. Safety Precautions:

    • For some with  sensitive skin, you may want to wear gloves while handling lemon juice, as it can cause irritation.
    • Avoid using this method on bathroom surfaces that may be damaged by acidity, such as marble or natural stone. Always test in a small area first.

Cleaning Your Shower Door Tracks with Baking Soda

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Use baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) by mixing it with water. Grab your baking soda, water, a bowl, old clothes, and a knife. Baking soda’s abrasive nature aids in lifting stains while its alkaline properties help neutralize odors, making it a versatile and cost-effective cleaning solution for various household tasks. 

In a bowl, combine water with baking soda to produce a smooth paste. Apply the solution to the shower door tracks with a microfiber cloth. Scour the thick coating of filth with a toothbrush and knife. Clean them with a damp microfiber cloth after thirty minutes. Baking soda, with its natural deodorizer properties, can make it a little less unpleasant.

Clean Your Shower Door Tracks with Vinegar

If you’re familiar using all-natural DIY cleaning methods, you won’t be surprised to find that distilled white vinegar can help remove soap scum and hard water stains from your shower door tracks. Check out what you’ll need:

  • ¼ to ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • Cotton balls
  • A spray bottle filled with distilled water
  • A grout brush or an old toothbrush
  • Microfiber cloth

How to use it the right way?
Apply the distilled vinegar into your shower door tracks using cotton balls. You may not need that much vinegar; just aim to get the tracks wet, no need to flood them.

Note: If you have stone floors or tiles, you need to be careful during application. Some stone surfaces can be irreparably damaged by vinegar so you better ask your manufacturers just to be sure.

  • Let the vinegar sit for upto five minutes.
  • Get you old toothbrush and gently scrub any soap scum or stains.
  • Mist the track with water to remove the remaining vinegar.
  • Wipe the area dry with a microfiber cloth.
  • Repeat as necessary; Most of the time, you have to give your shower door tracks a few passes especially if you haven’t cleaned them in a while.

How to Clean Shower Door Tracks with a Steamer?

Like vinegar, a canister steamer is proven to work wonders when it comes to all-natural cleaning.

You’ll need:

  • A steamer with a wand attachment
  • Microfiber cloths
  • A plastic spatula or any plastic putty knife
  • Read and follow the instructions on the steamer to prepare for cleaning the shower door tracks.
  • Use the wand to loosen any stains and goops that have collected in the tracks.
  • Wrap a clean microfiber cloth around the spatula. Use this or a plastic putty knife to access hard-to-reach edges, go and apply pressure to that nasty scum and buildup.
  • Wipe away any residue with a fresh microfiber cloth.
  • Repeat these steps until your shower door tracks are smooth and free of hard water stains or any soapy buildup.

Once you get your shower door tracks clean, you can help them stay that way by wiping them down with a microfiber cloth each time you finish bathing.

Sometimes, you don’t have time to keep your toilet clean, much less the shower door tracks. If your schedule has become so overwhelming that you’re no longer able to keep up with your daily housekeeping routine, you can always consider calling in some backup.

Our team of professional maid and housekeepers at Maggy Maid San Diego are always happy to lend a hand. Let us take care of the cleaning, so you can get some extra time to relax.

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