What To Teach Your Kids About Caring For Glass Shower Doors

If your kids are old enough now to shower rather than to take baths, you may have found that they leave soap residue and handprints all over the glass shower doors. This means you and your spouse have to do a lot more cleaning to keep the glass sparkling clean. But never fear: you won't have to trade in your shower doors from Mitchell Window & Door for a bulky shower curtain. You can keep little handprints and residue to a minimum--and, you can keep your doors clean without taking militant measures.

Are squeegees the answer?

You'll see a lot of advice that suggests using a squeegee, sponge, or towel to get water off the door after each shower. That's fine for adults, who can reach the upper part of the door, but if you try to implement it with your kids, you'll end up with a peculiar line on the glass about as far up as they can reach.

On the other hand, a squeegee can get off most of the soap that your kids are -- purposefully or accidentally -- getting on the door. Plus, this can reduce moisture when used throughout the shower enclosure, so there's less of a chance for mold and mildew to grow. If your child likes the idea of using a squeegee, give it a whirl. But for the most part, you're not going to be able to rely on this to keep the doors clean.

Buy a bottle of rain repellent.

Yes, the same product you spray on your car's windshield can prevent soap scum buildup and water marks on your shower doors. That's because it works to make the water bead up and roll away without leaving behind signs of hard water. Get the kind that comes in a spray bottle. You'll be the one applying it, not your kids -- but don't worry, it's easy. Spray the product on your shower door, then wipe with a clean towel until everything's dry. That's it!

You'll need to watch your door's buildup to know when to reapply. Depending on how much your kids deliberately put soap against the glass, it may need to be sprayed on every few days or every week. On the other hand, it could last for several weeks in your shower.

Promote shower safety.

This should go without saying, but if you've got energetic kids, you may find that they want to play in the shower. With potentially slick floors and the off chance that your kids break the shower door from being too rough, you'll want to keep them attending to business. One tip is to time showers to about five minutes. Your kids will only have time to soap up, rinse off, and get out. This restriction doesn't allow time for messing around, and it will keep your shower doors cleaner since steam and water won't be able to build up as much. You can reward kids who meet the 5-minute mark with an extra treat or few minutes of TV time.