Are Glass Block Showers Easy to Clean?

Are Glass Block Showers Easy to Clean?

One of the most common types of glass block projects that we do for architects and contractors are installations of shower walls. It’s completely understandable as they have many benefits. It provides a great source of natural light, providing many different patterns to choose from. It also makes a nice change of pace from the usual ceramic tiles that showers often use for their walls.

This is potentially a project that you’re interested in, but you might wonder from a long-term perspective: are glass block showers easy to clean?

The short answer is no. Keeping your walls properly maintained is not difficult, and frankly not time consuming. It just needs to be done correctly, and there are some errors people often make in cleaning their showers. The good news: We’re here to help.

How to Clean Your Glass Block Shower

The most important aspect of cleaning your glass block shower is protecting the mortar. The mortar requires basic maintenance like anything. Before you get into cleaning it, it’s important to make sure it is waterproofed. Fortunately, this is a simple process.  

It’s recommended to waterproof the mortar at minimum every two years. You’ll want an external type water proofer, available on Amazon or many of your local stores. You want to apply it over the mortar. Remove any excessive sealer from glass surfaces soon after applying. Waterproofing it alone will maintain much of the beauty of your glass block.

If you’re looking to build the glass block wall, it’s also recommended to use an integral type of water repellent, a hydrocide powder that’s mixed in with dry mortar mix. Avoid mixing with wet mortar mix.

When you clean the mortar joints you just want to use water and a simple mild detergent that has no coloring. Some people make the mistake of using colored cleaning agents that can discolor the white mortar. Other products you want to avoid are ammonia and bathroom chemicals. These don’t mix well with mortar, and also discolor it, giving it a moldy color.

If you use the proper products, cleaning and maintaining your shower is easy.

The Products Needed:

  • Mortar sealant
  • Mild detergent
  • Water
  • Small brush to reach the joints
  • A little elbow grease

About GBS -The Glass Block Supply Company

GBS -The Glass Block Supply Company, is a leading provider of glass block and accessories. If you’re planning to install a glass block shower to liven up your shower for your home or business, we can supply you with everything you need.

As a company that has completed installations across the country since 1985, something we provide that big box stores can’t is our expertise and customer service. If you have questions about putting together a glass block project, we can walk you through the process.

For assistance, we encourage filling out our CONTACT FORM, or by contacting us at 877-427-8775. We’re here to answer any questions.

We’re proudly partnered with Seves Glassblock.

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8 thoughts on “Are Glass Block Showers Easy to Clean?

  1. Reply
    Emma Clemantine
    February 19, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I thought it must be very difficult to clean glass block showers. But your article makes it look so easy. One just requires to be a bit more careful while cleaning it. Thank you for sharing this useful article with us. I will surely try to clean my glass block shower and share the experience with you. It was a real pleasure reading your article. I will definitely share this article with my family and friends for their reference.

    • Reply
      The Glass Block Supply Co.
      March 26, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      We’re glad you enjoyed the article Emma, and we appreciate you sharing it with your family and friends!

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      The Glass Block Supply Co.
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      Thank you Brian! We appreciate your feedback!

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