EDFRED Corp. – How To Clean A Shower Door & Repair Drip Sweep In 10 Steps

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If you are getting puddles of water in front of you shower door, you might have a failing “sweep”. This is the vinyl strip that runs along the bottom of the shower door that sheds water back into the shower to drain. Any frequent puddling of water can damage your floor, so don’t delay in making this simple repair.

There are several styles and methods of sweeps, so your method and replacement vinyl may be a bit different. If you measure and or save you old sweep you can take it in to the hardware store and get it matched.

In this project we are working on a 4o year old mobile home bathroom. At first glance, it looked so bad that a new door seemed like the only option. The soap scum, lime deposits, water stains and rust from the old screws were as bad as it gets. If a new replacement door could even be found it was likely to be expensive. The door was a fairly typical aluminum frame and safety glass style. If we did not have the best shower stall cleaner on the market to work with, we would have threw up our hands and paid for that door.

Repair cost: Under $15

Required tools: Scissors, old towel, screwdriver, razor blade, mildly abrasive sponge, EDFRED Shower Stall & Tile Cleaner

Optional tools: Camera for your before and after photos to amaze your friends and to post on our blog

Parts: Vinyl sweep material (It is inexpensive, buy more than you need in case of a wrong cut), sheet metal screws.

Step 1. Observe the door materials, and take a few measurements. The sweep may come apart when you remove it. Lay down on the floor and check how far down the original vinyl sweep comes down below the door. If  bottom has torn off,  plan on closing the gap at the bottom of the door and the frame.
You can’t see the vinyl strip but it is under this drip rail. Gross, huh? Stay with us, there is a happy ending!

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Leaky shower door with excessive scum, rust and corrosion

Step 2. We next removed the old and rusted sheet metal screws that hold on the drip rail/channel. It does look bad, but remember EDFRED is on our side.

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Shower door drain sweep showing scum, rust and corrosion

They vinyl strip was about 1 1/2 inches wide and about two feet long. It was pulled off showing the residue.

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Shower door drain sweep showing vinyl residue and glue

And here is why you will need the EDFRED. When rust stains are on a rough surface no amount of scrubbing will reach into the depressions.

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Shower door frame heavily corroded and stained

Step 3. Go to the hardware store and pick up parts. Take your old parts with you. We needed replacement screws and a small roll of vinyl seal. Don’t forget a bottle of EDFRED Stall & Tile Cleaner. At Orchard Supply Hardware it is item #1078112. Ace Hardware is item#19575, or online at www.edfredstore.com.

Some advise not to use abrasive sponges on shower doors, but we found the blue sponge abrasive level no problem for this door.

Step 4. Let’s clean this up so we can see what we are doing. Put down a towel under the shower door. Wet a sponge, squeeze out the excess and load it with EDFRED Shower Stall & Tile Cleaner.

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Wet a mildly abrasive sponge before applying cleaner

Why wet it? If you load the pores of the sponge with water first you will use less cleaner!

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Squeeze out excess water

Load it up generously with some of you new best friend.

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That's not enough! Load it up!

If there is any glue on the parts, carefully scrape with your razor blade before applying the cleaner.

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Remove any remaining glue or caulk with a razor blade

Start applying evenly and generously, following the directions on the bottle.

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Filling scummed drain slot with cleaner

The parts can go into the shower for a good drenching of the cleaner.

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Might as well clean the glass while we are at it. Remember to follow the directions on the bottle.

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Apply cleaner to soap scum on shower glass

Step 6: Let the Shower Stall & Tile Cleaner remain on the surfaces according to the instructions. Let it do the work. The screw holes were very rust stained, so we applied it twice and let it stay about 15 minutes.

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Aluminum shower drain rail coming clean

Step 8: Rinse off the cleaner. Give it fresh water sponge bath or use the shower head, whatever works for you. Things are looking up!

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Shower door frame free of rust, scum and lime

Step 9: Reassemble the parts cutting a replacement piece of vinyl sweep material.

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Here is the package of vinyl from the hardware store.

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Roll of generic vinyl strip

Use the old one or your measurements to cut a new sweep.

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Shower door reassembled with vinyl sweep behind the rail

See the gray edge of the vinyl strip just above the screws? This will shed the water into the rail and leave no groove for scum accumulation.  Rust gone too. Sweet!

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Shower door assembled and clean as new

Step 10: Lay on floor and check the fit and clearance of the parts. Check for leaks.

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Conclusion: What started as a leaky shower door repair also demonstrated cleaning soap scum in shower and removing corrosion, rust and hard water deposits. The EDFRED Shower Stall & Tile Cleaner was developed in 1964 and we have never found a better formula. If your store does not have it pick it up online here:  http://www.edfredstore.com

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Admin October 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

OK on plastic, acrylic, and all of our products fine for septic systems

Pat Berrett October 22, 2016 at 1:20 pm

I have a all-in-one tub with a beige 3-sided shower enclosure (fourth side is a curtain) that has a textured floor. I don’t know if the unit is acrylic or plastic, I don’t think it is fiberglass – and since it was in the house when I bought it, no way to know more than this (no name on it). I see that your product is safe for fiberglass. Is it safe for acrylic or plastic shower /tubs? What about home septic systems and pvc pipe?

Thank you

drgoodie September 17, 2016 at 3:49 pm

GREAT video and now I have the courage to try to restore my shower door and enclosure’s glass and frame appearance. I searched Ace and they do not have it. I found it at WalMart online for a higher price than yours site. Haven’t checked out the shipping charge yet. Thanks so much – if it works I will cry because I have tried so many things and haven’t even tackled the rust yet. If it doesn’t work I will scream.

Admin June 23, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Safe on fiberglass, no issues. On frames you should either test in a small area first or contact the manufacturer and ask if acidic cleaner is an issue.

These days it is difficult to determine what the frames are made of and how they are coated.

Tori June 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Does EdFred work on modern shower door “frames”? I think they are anondized aluminum but not sure. Also is it safe for the fiberglass shower surrounds?? I keep the glass squeegied so it’s good but the metal frames – not so much. It’s a rental house so I need to be careful…

Admin August 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

It is possible for glass to be etched by minerals but this is usually not the case. We can see by the photos that what appeared to be etched shower glass was restored to original look.

The active ingredients for the post inquiring is phosphoric acid and a non ionic surfactant. There is a mint fragrance, but that is not “active”.

Juli August 1, 2015 at 2:38 pm

I had this problem. Your glas is now etched.

TIM July 31, 2015 at 2:02 pm


admin October 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Do Not Use This On Stone Surfaces. It is designed to remove minerals, and quartz, marble, slate, etc are minerals and will be damaged.

Lynn October 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I have hard water marks on my quartz kitchen counter. Does anyone have any experience cleaning quartz with an Edfred product that they could share?

Maureen September 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I tried the toilet bowl cleaner on the kitchen sink (hard water and constant stains) which has to be cleaned several times a week. After one application, a week later, it is still absolutely shinning!!!

admin April 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

It is simply the best at cleaning soap scum in shower. Also great removing soap scum from bathtub.

Sandi Carris February 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

To Whom It May Concern;

By chance, I stumbled onto your product and by my misbelief, I figured I was wasting my money. One we were already taken by buying a mobile home, unaware the crooks that they are. To my great disbelief, there are still some honest companies who aren’t out to rip off the public. I would definitely recommend the product who is in need of my situation of build-up of soap and scum.


Sandi Carris

admin November 3, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Thanks for the report. These are difficult times where few us have money to waste on products that don’t work.

Many read these posts, so you are probably saving others a nice chunk of change and a lot of hard work by letting your voice be heard! Tell a friend – that’s why this product has been so successful for the last 45 years. You won’t see us on TV, as that would about double the cost of the product.

And for even more impact, tell your local retailer about the product they should have on their shelves.

Gaye H November 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I inherited a 50 year old house in a Texas county with the hardest water imaginable. The water leaves rust stains on all porcelain fixtures and 1/8″ mineral crusts on shower stall floors in a 3 month period. I nearly went broke buying CLR and Lime Away – which did absolutely nothing to get rid of the rust or mineral deposits. I found Edfred at an out-of-the-way store and decided to give it a try. If it didn’t work I was destined to have to buy new bathtubs, toilets, shower stalls and stainless steel sinks. Amazingly, all of these fixtures came sqeeky clean with less then 2 bottles of Shower Stall & Tile Cleaner. It works where nothing else will!

admin September 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Not familiar with their product, but you can certainly try ours for a couple of bucks, shipped. http://www.edfredstore.com

Gerry Coon September 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

Will this work on the scum left by those supposed “magic” shower cleaning sprays? After several months of use this product left a film that I cannot remove. This is not technically soap scum because we now wipe down with special cloths. Response would be appreciated. Gerry Coon

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