What is a shower door sweep?
“What the heck is a shower door sweep?”
“Do I really need one for my shower door?”
I hear these two questions all the time. Shower owners everywhere wonder whether or not they need one of these plastic strips for the bottom of their door.
My answer is always “yes”. A shower door sweep can help you keep the moisture inside of your shower. This prevents mildew and mold from growing on the floor outside the shower.
It’s very easy to install and everyone should have one.
How do you replace the plastic on the bottom of a shower door?
Shower door sweeps are easy to install. They’re just a simple, one-piece plastic strip that attaches to the bottom of the door. All you have to do is “snap” it in place.
When it wears out, you can just buy a new sweep on Amazon.com.
And when you need to clean it, you can slide it off the door to wipe underneath. Just run it under the sink, pat it down with a towel and snap it back on!
how do you measure a shower door sweep?
When buying a shower door sweep, you have two measure two dimensions: length and thickness.
Measuring length is easy. If you buy a new shower door, the length is probably on the box. Otherwise, you can use a tape to measure from side to side.
When it comes to thickness, shower doors come in four sizes:
This measurement describes the depth of the door. Use your tape to measure to figure out which shower door sweep you need.
how do you clean the rubber seal on a shower door?
Honestly, the rubber seal around your shower door is one of the grosses parts of your home. It’s covered in mold, mildew, and soap build-up. No one enjoys cleaning it.
Unfortunately, you’ve gotta do it. Otherwise, the mold just continues to build up.
Here’s the easiest way to clean yours:
Note: Wear rubber gloves during this entire process.
Run a gallon hot water into a bucket. Make it as hot as you can without burning your hands. Mix in a cup of bleach.
Use a toothbrush to apply the mixture to the seal. Scrub the rubber thoroughly. Make sure to hit every crevice and corner.
Once you’ve removed all of the scum, use a sponge or washcloth to rinse the surface.
If there is any leftover residue, use a 1-1 mixture of water and vinegar to clean the rest. This helps to polish it up and remove any smells from the surface.
how to fix a leaky shower door sweep?
Ensure the shower head is not facing toward the door.
Make sure the caulking along the edges of the doors edges are not completely worn away.
If the doorsill is not positioned correctly, reposition the doorsill and make sure there are no leaks when you turn the water on also.
Also, just replace the shower sweep to avoid further leaking
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