How to Clean a Shower Door Frame

Having shower doors installed is a great convenience, especially when you have children that tend to splash water outside of the tub when they shower. The problem with shower doors is that the frames are difficult to keep clean–especially the bottom tract. Cleaning a shower door frame doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore; with a regular routine you can make that shower track gleam like the day it was installed.

Things You'll Need

  • Bathroom cleaner with bleach
  • Latex gloves
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton swabs

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Slide both doors all the way to the left so that the right-side door frame is completely accessible.

Spray a generous amount of bleach-based bathroom cleaner on the right side of the shower door frame. Make sure the entire frame is covered; if the bottom track has mildew, spray a heavy enough coating of cleaner to leave a standing “puddle” in the track. Move both doors to the right and repeat the process on the left side of the door frame. Allow to soak for 15 minutes.

Scrub the exposed left-side frame, using a soft-bristled brush and wearing latex gloves to protect your skin from the bleach in the cleaner and paying extra attention to the corners and crevices. Slide the doors to the left and repeat the process on the right-side frame.

Wipe out the loosened grime with a moistened paper towel, again sliding the doors from side to side to clean both sections.

Clean any accumulated grime from the corners and crevices with a cotton swab, remembering to clean the center bottom sections beneath the doors and replacing the swab if it becomes too dirty.

Polish your clean shower door frame with a clean, dry paper towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wipe out the shower door track once a week to keep grime from accumulating.
  • Always be careful not to spray cleaner in or around your eyes. Use proper ventilation when using any bleach-based cleaner.
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