First Look: Wet & Forget Tiger’s Paw

We had a lot of requests to try this shower glass restorer.

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The Tiger’s Paw is a “shower glass restorer for hard water deposits” – that’s the white residue that accumulates on shower doors and eventually turns the glass opaque. The Tiger’s Paw costs $89.95 and “exfoliates” the glass to remove the build-up.

The pack includes 2 “restorer blocks” (like slightly gritty bars of soap), a holder to fit the bar into and a spray bottle.

The Tiger’s Paw comes with a few caveats: it shouldn’t be used if your shower glass has a protective coating on it and it must be used in a one directional, vertical scrubbing motion. If you furiously scrub in all directions you risk scratching the glass. We were also told by the salesman at the store that it is recommended for shower doors under 10 years old.

We tried the Tiger’s Paw on 2 glass shower doors. The doors were less than 5 years old and reasonably well-looked after but with some water-spotting, particularly on the lower half of the doors.

Does it work?

Yes, it works. But it’s not as effortless to use as we’d hoped. The holder is comfortable to grip but the process is awkward. You need to apply plenty of pressure to remove build-up and it’s important to continually spray the glass with water to activate lubricants in the restorer block. The instructions also say to rinse the door frequently. This makes it a two-handed job. You may need a second person to support the shower door in order to apply enough pressure. Hidden away in the FAQs on the Wet and Forget website, it says you have to use some “good old-fashioned elbow grease” and we found this to be true.

We compared the Tiger’s Paw to 2 other ways of cleaning shower doors. We were able to get the shower door looking just as good, and with less effort, using a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and Morning Fresh dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle and scrubbing with an old pair of stockings, a method we found on the internet. It required less pressure and was easier as we could scrub with one hand and support the shower door with the other.

However, the Tiger’s Paw did a better job than a supermarket-bought shower cleaner you spray on the door and leave for 10 minutes. There were still some water stains left on the door after wiping away the cleaner and an obvious difference between where it had been used on one half of the door and the Tiger’s Paw on the other.

Our verdict

The Tiger’s Paw is pricey but it works well (in combination with some serious elbow grease) to eliminate hard water deposits. If your shower doesn’t have a considerable build-up of hard water deposits we think it’s worth trying cheaper methods first. Remember to always do a test patch first to check it doesn’t scratch the glass.

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