How To Replace Shower Door Sweeps? Guide For All Types

A door sweep is a crucial component in your bathroom that keeps running water from leaking out of your shower and turning hazardous in your home.

However, you’ll need to replace your door sweeps when it loses its effectiveness with a new one to ensure your bathroom remains dry and mess-free whenever you use your shower.

If it’s your first time putting up a door sweep, this guide will take you through step-by-step instructions on replacing the different types of shower door sweeps.

How do you replace a shower glass door sweep?

The glass door sweep is usually made of rubber, vinyl, and other similar materials. If your shower door sweep is no longer working well to prevent running water from leaking, then it’s time to replace it with a new glass door sweep just as you do with bathtub doors.

How do you replace a shower glass door sweep

Follow these instructions to help you correctly set up your new sweep.

What you’ll need for this project:

  • New door sweep
  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Petroleum jelly

Directions:

Step 1. Remove the old sweep

Open your shower door and examine how the existing sweep is installed on your door.

If it is glued down to the base of your shower, you simply grab one of its ends and then firmly pull it away from the door until the entire piece gradually gets loose.

If the sweep is connected to the base of your door shower door track, however, you’ll need to use your screwdriver to drive out the screws holding it to the track for easy removal.

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Step 2. Get the door length

Next, you’ll need to determine the right size of new door sweep needed to replace the old model. you can get the size by using a tape measure to get the width of the door.

An easier way is to take the old sweep you just removed in the previous step and take it to the home improvement store with you and match it with the new one.

Get the door length

The new sweep should come with the same height as the old one. It should also have the same length as the old one (but it can be longer).

Step 3. Cut the new sweep to the perfect length

Assuming you got a shower door sweep with extended length—it is always longer in most cases—then you’ll need to cut it so that it fits your door perfectly. When buying the sweep make sure it is not any other kind of product like a indoor door sweep.

This is pretty easy as you just need to size up the sweep against the old one and mark the exact length you need.

Then, use a pair of scissors to cut the sweep at the mark.

Once you have cut your new door sweep to length, it’s now ready for installation of the door sweep.

Step 4. Install the new shower sweep

Fit the sweep into the base of your shower and make sure it fits snugly and creates an airtight seal to prevent water from leaking out of your shower.

Install the new shower sweep

TIP: Having problems with the sweep feeling too tight when trying to if into the shower base? This is where petroleum jelly comes in. Apply some of it to the base to lubricate it and make the sweep easy to move.

How to replace framed shower door sweep?

If you’re dealing with a framed shower door sweep, replacing it with a new model is also incredibly simple. The following instructions will guide you through the process of removing the old sweep to installing the new one.

How to replace framed shower door sweep

What you’ll need for this project:

  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement door sweep
  • Scissors

Directions:

Step 1. Remove the old sweep

In most cases, this type of sweep is held to your shower door using screws. This means you’ll need to use a screwdriver to remove them.

They’re usually 3-4 screws in most doors, so you should get them out pretty quick.

With screws removed, the old sweep will just come right off your door and you can move to the next step.

Step 2. Cut down the new door sweep to size

New door sweeps are usually oversized. Assuming this is the case for you, then you’ll need to cut it down so that it fits your door perfectly.

To get the right size, you can either measure your door with a tape measure or you can match the new model with the old model and cut off the excess sweep.

Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut your new sweep at the marked point so that you now have an exact fitting door sweep ready for installation.

Step 3. Install the new piece

Fit the new rubber piece and fit it right behind the aluminum frame/rail at the base of your shower door and make sure it goes up to the end of the door.

If your sweep has the right height, its rubber piece should be showing right beneath the door framing so that it will keep water from getting out of the shower.

Use your screwdriver to drive in the new screws that come with your replacement door sweep and you’re done!

How to replace frameless shower door sweep?

A frameless shower door sweep is also easy to replace. This general guide will show you how to replace the old sweep with a new one and keep water from falling out of your shower.

How to replace frameless shower door sweep

What you’ll need for this project:

  • Cutting pliers
  • Tape measure
  • Replacement sweep

Directions

Step 1. Remove the old sweep

As usual, you should start the process by removing the existing door sweep. Gently pull it down to loosen it from the bottom of your door.

Step 2. Measure the door width

Next, you need to obtain the width of the door to enable you to measure the door sweep.

As we have seen in the previous sweep types, you can easily get the size of your sweep by matching up the old model to the new one.

Also, you can fit the new sweep in place and mark the excess part. use a pair of scissors to cut the excess part.

Step 3. Install the new sweep

Place the new sweep on the bottom of your door panel and make sure it lies flush with the strike edge of the base of your door.

If you measure the sweep correctly, you shouldn’t have any excessive part protruding from the other end of the door. In case of excessive part, you can simply cut it using a pair of scissors.

Install the new sweep

Make sure the deflector side of the sweep lies facing the inside of the shower to enable it to deflect water back into the shower.

Gently but firmly push it into place on the base of your door. That’s it.

How to replace plastic sweep on shower door?

If you’re replacing a plastic strip at the bottom of your shower door, this is how you do it like a pro.

How to replace plastic sweep on shower door

What you’ll need for this project:

  • Screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Silicon caulk
  • Cleaning rah

Directions:

Step 1. Remove the existing door sweep

Take a closer look at the bottom of your shower door to see how the plastic seal is attached to the door.

Typically, the seal is slide into a channel at the base of your door or it is placed between the metal drip rail and the bottom of your door.

If placed between the drill rail and door base, you’ll need to remove the drip rail first to give you easy access to the plastic seal. The rail is held in place using small screws which you need to turn anti-clockwise to get it out.

And if you’re handling a channel-style plastic sweep, simply pull the old seal out of the rail channel to pave way for a new sweep.

Step 2. Clean the bottom of your door

With the old sweep out, you’ll need to clean both the door channel and bottom rail.

Use a damp piece of cloth to help you remove the dirt as well as soap residue that might affect the sweep adherence to your door.

Clean the bottom of your door

You can use an ammonia-based cleaner to help you easily clean heavy grime buildup.

Afterward, wipe the door dry with a clean rag.

Step 3. Install the new plastic strip

Remove the adhesive backing from your new plastic strip. Slide the new sweep into the door channel and use pliers to pull it into its place where necessary.

In case you’re fitting the new sweep behind the rail, stick the adhesive art of it to the bottom edge of your door such that the plastic sweep hangs beneath the door frame.

Now use a pair of scissors or utility knife to cut off excess sweep length and be sure to do it flush with your door edge.

Put a small silicon caulk bead at the end of the strip to keep moisture from finding its way into the channel.

Finally, put the drip rail back on.

How to replace RV shower door sweep?

A shower door sweep is also necessary for your recreational vehicle to keep water inside when your shower is running. This is how you replace the old sweep in your RV shower door with a new one.

How to replace RV shower door sweep

In this part, we’ll focus on frameless shower door sweep since it’s the most popular model used in RVs.

What you’ll need for this project:

  • Replacement door sweep
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

Directions:

Step 1. Get the old sweep out

Pull the old seal off your shower door. Assuming your old sweep is a frameless type, there’s no adhesive, so it should come out easily without using a lot of force.

Step 2. Cut the new door sweep to size

Put the new shower door sweep in place and mark the excess part with a pencil. Use your scissors to cut the frameless door sweep to your desired length.

Cut the new door sweep to size

TIP: If a lot of grime and lime has accumulated on your door, it’s advisable to first clean it to enable the new model to sit in place well. You can use salt and vinegar and a clean rag for the cleaning part. The ammonia-based cleaners will also get the job done.

Step 3. Install the new sweep

Now place the new seal below your shower door. Frameless seals don’t have any adhesive which makes their installation even easier. Push it up so that it snugly fits into the glass door and you’re done.

Final verdict

See, you can replace any type of shower door sweep on your own without hiring a professional. You don’t even need any special skills or prior experience to remove an old door sweep from your shower door and replace it with a new one.

All you have to do is follow the specific installation instructions for each type of door sweep we have outlined in this guide and you will have a smooth experience replacing your old sweep like a pro.

Cherokee Observer Team
 

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