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How to Get a Streak-Free Clean With Just Water

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by Chris Nugen (subscribe)
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Published September 21st 2013
Water + 5 minutes = Perfect shower screen
So many people are frustrated with cleaning surfaces that needs to be streak-free like windows or shower screens. Shower screens are particularly annoying because of soap scum. There are plenty of harmful chemical products available to help you clean soap scum that will cost you your pocket and the earth, some not delivering what it claims. Here, I will show you how to get a streak-free soap-scum-free clean with just water!

A regular sponge
A microfibre cloth

cleaning sponge
Regular cleaning sponge
Microfibre Cloth
Microfibre Cloth

1. Wet the sponge with water and squeeze as much water out as possible
2. Wipe the surface with the sponge
3. Wipe the surface with a dry microfibre cloth until the surface dries

I use this method with my shower screen, and any glass or stainless steel surfaces. This method works with soap scum as well. I don't even bother scrubbing the soap scum. If you have lots of soap scum, you can use a regular dishwashing sponge to loosen it by using the rough side, again soaked with just water.

The key to do this quickly is to have the surface with the smallest amount of water on it as possible on it. You will be wiping it until it dries so the wetter you have it, the longer it will take. The secret to why it's streak-free is because of the microfibre cloth.

clean shower screen streak-free
Left side is clean, right side is still wet with soap scum

Extra tips:
1. You can do this shortly after a shower when the soap scum has softened and the screen is still a little wet.
2. To reduce the amount of water even further, have one side wet and one side dry. The water will be transferred to the dry side as you alternate sides.
3. To reduce wiping time, use hot water as it evaporates quicker.

It takes me just over 2 minutes to get both sides of one panel done. For the whole clean, it takes me about 5 minutes, including the time to take out the materials needed! In fact, it took me a couple of minutes to take photos, which was half as long!

clean shower screen streak-free
Streak-free shower screen without any soap scum

Hope this makes your life easier!
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a little bit 'more words more confusion' - but I got something about a kitchen sponge and/or a microfibre cloth used alternately on a nearly dry shower glass ?

I also use a magic sponge - which is pretty good, but one of my old glass shower doors has a rough patch which always seems to attract the scum - maybe time for a new one ...

P.S. as a teacher I tell my students - if you want people to read your text, use max 7 lines per paragraph (otherwise it's too hard for people for scan back to find the start of the next line in the mass of text, and - most people simply won't read it) !
by ultim (score: 2|422) 2159 days ago
i was just cleaning my shower yesterday, getting so frustrated because no matter gow many chemicals i use and the amount of squigees/ sponges i used, i could not remove those water mark on the shower screen. definitely giving your method a go. Thank You!
by kathe (score: 0|2) 2160 days ago
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