This specialized shower door cleaner lacks strength
Rain-X Shower Door X-treme Clean
What We Like
- Neutral fragrance
- Easy to rinse off
- Non-abrasive formula
What We Don’t Like
- Doesn’t remove water spots
- Labor-intensive cleaning process
Rain-X Shower Door X-treme Clean
We purchased the Rain-X Shower Door X-treme Clean so our expert reviewer could put it to the test on her shower. Keep reading for our full product review.
Shower entryways are one of the hardest washroom regions to keep clean. Taking out hard water stains and cleanser buildup takes muscle power and either a framework of synthetic substances or abrasives to keep your shower entryways shining and clear. Appropriately, there are a huge number of cleaners that objective these difficult to-clean stains. We got a jug of Rain-X Shower Door X-treme Clean, a synthetic cleaner with some genuine muscle, to check whether it could do something amazing in our restroom. Continue to peruse for our outcomes.
Bottle Design and Application: Labor-intensive cleaning
X-treme’s bottle design looks and functions like a standard squeeze bottle. The three-step directions are straightforward. First, apply the cleaner to a damp cloth or directly onto the shower door. Then, scrub in a circular motion while applying pressure. After that, rinse and dry with a paper towel or cotton cloth.
We attempted this cleaner with both a microfiber material and a paper towel. The cycle isn’t hard to dominate, yet it is work escalated. Our restroom incorporates two shower entryways that are more than 6 feet tall. The way toward applying and cleaning with X-treme took between 30 to 45 minutes, to a great extent because of the thick recipe.
We invested some additional energy scouring our shower entryways a few reasons. To start with, it’s a thick more clean, so it took longer than we expected to apply it. That additionally implies that we went through a ton of it on just two entryways. Second, we needed to ensure we allowed this cleaner a decent opportunity to do what it should do. We ought to get an award for the Olympic-level scouring that occurred. Shy of utilizing a drill with a joined cleaning brush, we put it through the works. We truly needed this cleaner to work.
Thankfully, it rinsed off quickly, coming off fairly easily except where it had dried. We did have to spend some extra time on those areas where the cleaner had dried while we applied it to the rest of the door. A few of these spots also required an extra wipe down with a paper towel. Then, we had to dry the doors with paper towels. That didn’t take long but the whole process took over an hour.
Cleaning Performance: Lackluster and disappointing
Now to the real heart of the matter: cleaning performance. What is a cleaner if it can’t clean? This particular formula is designed specifically for soap scum, dirt, hard water buildup, calcium deposits, lime stains, and rust stains. That’s a long list of tough problems that all occur in the bathroom.
Normally we use a general purpose cleaner on all our bathroom surfaces. But lately we’ve started noticing a cloudy buildup all over the surface of our shower doors. It’s especially visible around the handles, corners and near the rollers. However, we think it’s fair to point out that our doors have some difficult cleaning spots.
The shower doors cross one another, for example, and there’s a 2-inch area of overlap that’s incredibly difficult to clean. You have to switch the doors back and forth, but even then there’s a small area where you have to reach between the two and really scrub. This particular area shows some definite water stain buildup.
As we mentioned before, cleaning the doors with X-treme was no easy task. When all the scrubbing (and work) was done, we were very disappointed. Even though the doors were clean, they were still unclear. There was no noticeable difference between X-treme and our standard bathroom cleaner. The fact that it was more expensive and labor intensive to use reinforced our unmet expectations. It didn’t help our problem areas either. No matter how much we scrubbed with X-treme, we couldn’t clean our 2-inch problem area sufficiently, and the cloudy film remained.
We gave this cleaner another try, but on a different surface. It’s meant for glass, but we had a small rust spot on the fiberglass in the shower. After a good scrubbing, the result was no different than when we scrubbed the shower door – there was no change.
X-treme removed surface dirt just as well as our multipurpose cleaner, but it’s difficult to use and didn’t live up to its claims. Overall, it didn’t accomplish what it’s designed to do.
Fragrance: Its single strength
Not everything about X-treme is bad. We have to acknowledge one strength: the smell. Many cleaners that target hard water, limescale and rust buildup go to extremes with the chemicals, and unpleasant fumes are common. Manufacturers often try to mask these problems with powerful fragrances.
X-treme excelled in the fragrance area. It has little to no scent at all. We spent a significant amount of time in the shower with the doors closed while scrubbing. In the confined space, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by even a light scent. We had no issues with the scent, nor was there any fumes with this formula.
Price: Underperforms with a high price
This is a special cleaner specifically designed for shower doors, which means it has a higher price than average. With a price tag of around $11 – and considering we’d need a significant amount for one cleaning – it’s an expensive product, which is hard to accept when it doesn’t do its job as well.
It didn’t accomplish what it’s designed to do.
Competition: Better options out there
Bio Clean Hard Water Stain Remover: Bio Clean offers a specialty cleaner that’s up to the task. We tested this product and found that the eco-friendly formula’s gentle abrasive removes rust, watermarks, and hard water stains. It’s pricey, but for occasional use it can keep your bathroom, and many other areas of your home, sparkling clean.
Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner: We tested it and found that it does a good job of removing dirt and grime from surfaces. Plus, Puracy Natural does it with all-natural ingredients.
Rain-X Shower Door Water Repellent: We tested a second Rain-X product, which also targets shower doors—but this one delivers on its promise. The Rain-X Shower Door Water Repellent is not a cleaner but instead acts like a clear wax that prevents hard water stains in the first place. The fumes may be strong, but an occasional coat will help keep your shower cleaner for longer. Final Verdict
Explore other options.
Rain-X Shower Door X-treme Clean takes a long time to apply and when all is said and done, your shower door will look no different than if you had used a cheaper all-purpose cleaner.