Do you love or hate your glass shower walls?

jlhugJuly 23, 2014

We are in the planning stages of a master bath remodel. I love the way glass shower walls look but fear the maintenance. How do they work in the "real world"? I doubt I could convince my DH to squeegee it.

What is your experience with keeping them spot free?

Thanks

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Babka NorCal 9b

I love ours. We have frameless, patterned glass. It gives more privacy w/o sacrificing light. I use a daily shower spray so I never have to clean them even with hard water. (same for the porcelain tile). It has been over a year now. No Squeegees, no scrubbing ever. I put my fancy glass/marble mosaic on the outside of the shower.

Here are views from outside and looking out from inside.

-Babka

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 9:50PM
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Swentastic

I love ours but we do squeegee every time we shower. I haven't actually used glass cleaner on it in about a year (only because we're lazy) and it still looks fine. You actually get pretty good at it once you've been doing it awhile - squeegee now only takes about a minute extra which is nice because it gives you chance to drip dry a bit before using a towel. Towels dry faster now too! haha added bonus I guess.

This post was edited by Swentastic on Thu, Jul 24, 14 at 9:48

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 9:46AM
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Linelle

I squeegee every time, no exceptions. It takes me maybe 30 seconds. I've tried shower sprays and feel like I'm gassing myself inside the shower chamber. I love clear glass.

I do grab a towel first though, even before using the squeegee.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 10:44AM
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lisadlu

We had glass doors in our last remodel that had Shower Guard baked into them. They stayed nice and clean but we did squeegee.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 12:36PM
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sochi

Love ours. We only squeegee from time to time, no problem with spots. Perhaps our glass has shower guard as well.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 2:51PM
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enduring

I just got new shower doors for my new remodel. I squeegee the walls and the doors, and I wipe all the caulking with a micro fiber towel after every shower. OR I just use the micro fiber towel to wipe everything down. I am at about 4 minutes. Everything stays nice and clean. I don't wipe down the shower pan thought. Its cast iron and will get periodic cleaning with a spray product.

Hi Sochi, how is your new vacation house coming along. I don't get to the other forums much, and I haven't seen you posting on the BR forum. Glad to see you :)

This post was edited by enduring on Thu, Jul 24, 14 at 20:37

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 8:34PM
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sjhockeyfan325

. I am at about 4 minutes

That's 24 hrs a year spent wiping down the shower!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 9:13PM
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enduring

LOL sj!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 10:59PM
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bbstx

I love mine. We squeegee after every shower and I also wipe down places that the squeegee misses. Our squeegee is about 16" wide, so a couple of swipes on the door and a couple more on the stationery glass and we're finished.

I tried the spray in the last house. It wasn't effective, IMHO.

DBIL refused to squeegee the shower door in his new house. After about 4 months it looked awful.

If DH won't squeegee, I'd find a different material.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 11:12PM
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pprioroh

We have plain glass, no pattern. I never squeegee. We do have soft water and use only liquid body soap in shower. Never had a problem with deposits or issues with the glass.

Love it as it makes shower feel much bigger, but we only have a 1 wall of glass (big swinging door and side panels) the other 3 walls are tile.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 1:14AM
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piscesgirl

I love it! I won't lie...they are a bit more work, however I wouldn't change my decision. Our bathroom is extreamly small and the frameless glass shower just opens the space up so much.

Ours:
- Plain glass
- No "shower guard" treatment (although I did buy an aftermarket product that I put on the glass to help repel water...similar to RainX)
- We have semi-hard water (no softener...yet!)
- We both squeegee every time we shower (if we didn't ours probably would be spotted with water marks)
- Timing - never timed myself, but 4-5 minutes sounds about right. Husband is quicker, but I have to admit I am more detailed...taking the extra time to wipe down with a "ShamWow' type of towel. It may be a minute more but the shower just looks "clean" when all the chrome fixtures are shiny!
- Our shower has marble floor so we use very mild cleaning products
- We use liquid soap (this is very important!)

We have had our shower for 1 year. No issues although we did get some mineral build up along the plastic strip at the bottom of the shower door. I just took the plastic strip off used some liquid bar keepers friend and it was as good as new. Once we get the water softener I think that issue will hopefully go away.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 12:02PM
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musicgal

We have always had glass shower walls/ doors since 1986. Our new house will not have glass. No door... shaped like a squared off spiral to contain the shower sprays.

This post was edited by musicgal on Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 16:27

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 4:25PM
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anitaladyrose

We currently have glass sliding doors on our shower. I am not a fan. When we build, we plan to have a shower with no door, no glass. We love the walk-in showers with the design that musicgal mentions above.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 6:54PM
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divotdiva

agree with AnitaLR, if you are in the planning stages, you might want to look at a curbless/doorless design. That's what we did and I LOVE it. We do squeegee the walls and dry off the fixtures to keep it looking nice, it goes really fast.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 3:03AM
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whoopdedeaux

Hate. Serious hate.

HOWEVER...we have extremely hard water and I have a neurological condition that makes it difficult for me to reach overhead to squeegee each time I shower. Using body wash gels instead of bar soap helps keep things cleaner longer, but we are remodeling to get rid of the glass enclosure.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 10:39AM
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sjhockeyfan325

FWIW, we had a glass door (just door, everything else was tiled) in our previous home. It had the factory-installed "miracle shield". We most definitely did not (ever) squeegee. The door got cleaned bi-weekly when the cleaning lady came. We never had a problem with streaks or drips.

Even if we did, though, I'd do a door again because before that we had a doorless shower and I'd never do that again - I was always cold.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 12:06PM
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