How to Remove Sliding Shower Doors

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OK can we just talk about sliding shower doors for a second? WHY do they have to be so disgusting? I’m sure they’re great when they are brand new, but they are absolutely impossible to keep clean after that. I’m convinced they should have never been invented…or at least someone should have come up with something a little less awful.

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When we moved into our home, one of the first things I wanted to do was GET RID OF that awful, awful door. I think I used the shower about twice before I got so sick of it and decided to enlist the help of my parents and just rip it out one night (I was about 8.5 months pregnant at the time and Brandon was busy sanding Henry’s bedroom floors – I was pretty much useless. So I basically supervised). I figured I would share the steps we took to take it out in case any one else is living with one of these creatures. Trust me…you want to take it out. It is VERY easy, and you’ll feel so much better when you do.

Step 1: Take out the doors. Just lift up to pull them from the track at the bottom, and remove.

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

Step 2: Pull off the bar at the top. It should just pop right off, but you might need to use a hammer or something for a little extra force.

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Step 3: Unscrew side bars.

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

Step 4: Pry side bars off. We used a knife to scrape off the caulk and break the seal – this made it easier to pull the bar off of the wall. Warning: gross pictures ahead.

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

Step 5: Remove bottom bar. This one was, by far, the most disgusting. Years of soap, shampoo, water, etc. had settled under this bar and it.was.nasty.

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Step 6: CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN! I can’t tell you how good it feels to know that all of that crud is no longer hiding under a shower door.

We scraped the caulk off first and then used “krud kutter”  to help get the rest of the gunk off.

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

Step 7: Scrape extra caulk off of the walls and seal the holes left in the wall/tiles by those little anchors.

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

Note: We used “Goof Off” to get these poor little fishies off, too.

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

How to (easily!) remove sliding shower doors - via Life on Shady Lane blog

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    veronica lee
    December 17, 2015 at 4:47 am

    Thanks for sharing! I am so going to do this!

    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

    • Reply
      lifeonshadylane
      December 18, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Veronica! Thanks so much – glad you found it useful. It makes such a huge difference! Have a great day! :)

  • Reply
    Charlotte Woollard
    August 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    What did you fill in/seal the holes with?

    • Reply
      lifeonshadylane
      August 22, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Charlotte – you can use fiberglass patch (get it from Home Dept, Lowe’s, any hardware store, etc.). Are you removing your own shower doors?! Let me know how it goes….it makes such a drastic difference! :)

      • Reply
        Charlotte Woollard
        August 28, 2016 at 12:03 am

        Thanks, and yes I’m doing it myself while husband does his fantasy football drafts. Got the doors down, now to clean up!

        • Reply
          lifeonshadylane
          September 5, 2016 at 8:23 pm

          Let me know how it went Charlotte! Hopefully this post was helpful. If so, I’m glad I could help someone else get those yucky doors off – it’s a life changer!! ;) ;)

  • Reply
    Dina Jo Williams
    May 21, 2017 at 1:48 am

    I am fixing to remove these same doors but the porcelain on this bath looks to be previously scratched up pretty good so I am not sure how to cover that mess…I cannot wait to get if off of there…ty for sharing this

    • Reply
      lifeonshadylane
      May 21, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Hi there, I’m glad you found it useful! Let me know if you encounter any issues! :)

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