There are many different types of shower enclosures you can install in your bathroom. Depending on which one you select, you may have more than enough work cut out for yourself when it comes time to clean the shower and tub. Here are three common types of shower enclosures and their rank by difficulty to clean, as well as how to clean them.


Glass, by far, is the easiest of all shower enclosures to clean and keep clean. A simple wipe-down with glass cleaner once a week keeps the glass from getting murky and collecting soap scum residue. It also helps cut down on hard water deposits, which easily wipe off of glass when you use a glass cleaner. If you get some really difficult smudges on the glass, it could be calcium or lime deposits from hard water, but there are also cleaners that remove that quickly and effortlessly.


Fiberglass shower enclosures are pretty common. They are the go-to enclosure for a cheap and inexpensive shower enclosure installation or replacement. Usually white or off-white, they are very tough and durable. Often, when they are shiny and new, they look like porcelain but when you touch them they feel like plastic or vinyl. While hard water deposits and rust stains require a little extra elbow grease to remove, everything else (including soil and sand) tends to just rinse right off in the shower. Mild detergents are sufficient for cleaning, and you rarely need to use a sponge or abrasive pad. In fact, it is recommended that you do not use anything extremely abrasive because it can scratch and dull the surface of the fiberglass.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain tile is one of the hardest shower surround materials to clean, simply because of the grout in between each square. The tile itself must also be carefully washed with nothing too abrasive, since it is glazed porcelain and can be scratched, etched or chipped. A grout cleaner should be used a few times a month to clean and clear away any mold or mildew that begins to collect in the grout. If you want to get serious about making the grout look nice, an old toothbrush is effective. As for the tile, use a very mild detergent, preferably one that is meant to clean porcelain tile, so that you can avoid damaging the tiles in your shower enclosure. Always clean your grout first, and the tiles second so that the grout does not affect the tiles or sit on the edges of the tiles for too long.

For more information, talk with a company like Jesse's Tri-City Glass & Mirror Inc.