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How To Clean Wax from Shower Glass

Beauty regimens gone awry or tipped candles lit to create a soothing spa-like environment can mean wax stains on your shower glass - and that is certainly not refreshing or relaxing. Hot wax that is extremely liquid can splash quite far, creating tricky stains spread out over a large area. Luckily, there are ways to remove the unwanted wax and once again make your shower a relaxing area of the house. Recently installed shower door glass is a regulated type of safety glass, but features such as protective vinyl coating, textures and decorative appliqués can vary and may affect your decision on how to deal with the stain. Test all cleaning solutions and application techniques in an inconspicuous  location before using them in a wider area.

First, as much of the bulky part of the stain should be removed as possible. Chilling the wax will help make it brittle and  easier to remove. Apply ice cubes directly to the stain, one small area of wax at a time - up to the area of a US quarter. Applying ice directly to the wax will help it harden and become brittle, making it easier to chip away. Depending on what type of wax it is, icing it for 30 seconds to 1 minute should produce adequate results. Once the wax has been iced, use your fingernail or a blunt-edged tool such as a butter knife or putty knife to slide under an exposed edge of the stain. Use a rotating motion to lever the wax away from the painted surface and crack as large an area of the wax away as possible. Remove and discard loosened wax residue. Repeat the technique as needed to remove all of the wax. It may be tempting to use an ice pack to cool larger areas of wax at once, but it is unnecessary as these areas are likely to return to room temperature before the wax can be pried off. Working methodically on one small section at a time is the most effective approach.

For remaining residue or stubborn wax deposits, try the following solution. Make sure the shower glass is brushed free of loose wax and other debris. Apply a non-abrasive waterless hand cleaner in small dabs to wax deposits. Work gently with a clean soft rag or sponge to dislodge the wax. Select a light or colorless hand cleaner to help avoid inadvertently staining areas and fixtures that are in close proximity to the shower glass. Use a paper towel to wipe away dislodged wax and remove as much of the non-abrasive waterless hand cleaner as possible. Finish with a light overall cleansing to remove any oily residue the hand cleaner may have left behind: use a clean sponge to apply a lightly sudsy solution of mild pH neutral dish liquid diluted with water to the affected area. Sponge with clean water, avoiding over wetting. Use a squeegee to wick away water and help prevent excess moisture that can encourage undesirable stains like mold and mildew buildup. Finish with a once-over with rubbing alcohol, applied with crumpled newspaper. This will help remove remaining residues as well as provide a streak-free shine.

Caution: Never mix cleaning agents or chemicals, the result can be dangerous or deadly. Before cleaning, always test the agent on an inconspicuous location to determine its suitability and to make certain it does not damage the material. Wear appropriate clothing such as gloves and protective eyewear, and work in a well-ventilated area. Accidental inhalation or ingestion of cleaning agents can be hazardous and even fatal, particularly to pets and children.

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