Precious Metal

August 16, 2011

Keeping your shower clean is not very difficult. In fact, I’d consider an all glass shower to be a low maintenance product. One important aspect of your cleaning efforts involves not just keeping the metal clean, but keeping it safe.

The glass itself does not require much cleaning (assuming you have a surface protectant like ClearShield). Thus probably the largest surface in your shower that must be cared for is actually your tile. There are many products on the market for cleaning tile. Personally I use Tilex to keep my white subway tile looking brand new.

Anodized Aluminum

The important thing to remember is that the aluminum channel that holds your glass in place (any configuration that utilizes one or more stationary panels) must be protected from abrasive cleaners. This can be challenging at times because the channel is typically mounted to the tile.

The biggest threat to the aluminum is cleaning products that contain ammonia. Even minimal exposure to ammonia can cause a deterioration of the finish.

I recommend a sponge, some mild soap, and some warm water to clean the crevices and surfaces of your aluminum channel. These recommendations and warnings hold true even for framed showers that contain anodized aluminum (this is nearly all framed showers being built today).

Solid Brass

The door hinges are made of brass, not anodized aluminum, and have a protective finish of baked enamel clear coat, or a lacquered finish. Hinges should be cleaned with only water, and wiped dry. NEVER clean them with a metal polish, any abrasives, or an abrasive cloth. This can cause immediate breakdown of the protective coating.

If you have a wall mount door, your hinges may collect some dust on top over time. Other than that, they really won’t need to be cleaned very often.

Personally, my biggest cleaning challenge is cleaning the tile and keeping the chemicals away from the metal. You may notice that the finish of the drain in the middle of your shower begins to break down over time. Most likely your drain is made of anodized aluminum and it too will suffer from ammonia exposure. With a little effort, you’ll be able to keep your precious metal looking like new for years.

For more info on cleaning your shower, see our Care and Maintenance section.

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