Singing in the shower?
We get so many questions, so many, it’s hard to keep up. But a common question I get asked is how to clean a shower properly.
This is no easy feat. However, if you have the right tools, product and technique and do it regularly, you will be in good shape. If your shower has not been cleaned in a while, expect more elbow grease to be required the first go. Finally, I’ll share some tips with you designed to help maintain your shower between cleans.
What you’ll need:
1) Tub and tile cleaner. For porcelain, glass walls, glass tile and ceramic tile, you can use any tub and tile cleaner that you like, there are great products that I love like Mother’s Choice, or you can use a homemade soap scum cleaner (vinegar and dish soap). For natural stone such as granite, slate or travertine, you can only clean it with neutral soap or a specialty stone cleaner.
2) Double-sided sponge. Look for the non-scratching models, because you don’t want to scratch any finishes. Don’t use a cheap sponge here, you need a good quality sponge or else you’ll be working overtime unnecessarily.
3) Microfiber cloths for drying walls and the tub, a squeegee if you have one
4) Baking soda for some added abrasion, just in case.
5) Full-strength vinegar for heavily-stained glass shower doors.
Here’s my ultimate shower cleaning strategy
Remove everything from the shower, bottles, soap bars, sponges. If you want to clean your loofas, you can fill your bathroom sink with a cup of hydrogen peroxide added to your bathroom sink, and let that soak for about 10 minutes while you clean. Place bottles to rest on a towel or counter. Remove a bath mat if required.
Pull the curtains out of the way, consider flipping them up over the shower bar or removing them altogether. Spray the tiles in the bathroom with your favorite bathroom cleaning product. Do not, under any circumstances use vinegar or a traditional ‘bathroom cleaning product’ on stone walls or floors because you will ruin your walls. You can also consider using a steam cleaner. Let the product sit for about 5 minutes. This ‘dwell time’ will allow the product to do the work for you, so the longer you let it sit, the better it can break down soap scum. For dwelling, the surface has to be wet, so don’t be a stinge-meister when it comes to applying product, really let it soak. Also be sure not to spray the tub or the floor of the shower, because we leave that until the end. Don’t worry about spraying any higher than the tallest person that uses that shower, since you are not going to get much, if any, soap scum up there. For glass shower walls, use full-strength vinegar and spray that on instead, it gets rid of everything.
Take your non-scratching sponge and start at the far left wall of the shower, you are going to work clockwise until you tackle all walls. Starting at the top, use the scrubbing side of the sponge to wipe soap scum away, use an ‘S’ pattern to ensure you get the full surface. Continue down until you get to the bottom of the wall, then move on to the next wall. Work in sections if you have a long wall in your shower. For heavy soap scum (on non-glass walls or tiles), you may want to sprinkle about a tablespoon of baking soda into your sponge and wet it before you start, squeeze it a few times to work the baking soda in. The abrasion will help scrape off the scum. Top to bottom, left to right. And avoid the temptation to scrub in circles, total time waster. Keep doing this until all walls have been cleaned. Do NOT rinse the walls yet.
Now, repeat steps 2 and 3 for the tub. Spray it down, leave it for 5 of 10 minutes, and then scrub, starting at one end and working your way to the other. If your tub is acrylic, you will need to use the soft side of your sponge only as the scrubbing side can ruin the finish.
Crank the shower on hot water. If you have a removable shower head, start spraying the shower walls down, following the same pattern you used to clean it, far left clockwise to right. If you don’t, run the faucet and use a container or milk jug to rinse the walls. Once the walls are rinsed, use a squeegee to remove all water from walls, then follow that up with a buff with clean cloths. Repeat for the tub. Don’t forget to shine the chrome! By rinsing everything at the end, you keep things a lot dryer for yourself and use less water. It also makes the job easier, efficient and safer.
To check and see if all soap scum is gone, look at your tub and tiles on an angle, you should not see any greyish lines or dull spots. You can also feel it, if you feel any resistance or tension when you run your hand along the surface, it means soap scum is still on the wall.
Always use a squeegee after your shower has been used. It may seem like a lot of work, but it takes about 20 seconds to do and prevents any soap scum from building up on your tiles or glass, because no liquid is lingering. The other thing you can try if you don’t have a squeegee, is just taking an old towel and wiping the walls quickly before you leave the shower. If the walls are dry, you will never see soap scum because it won’t be able to settle!
You can also create your own shower spray by mixing 50/50 vinegar and water and keeping a spray bottle of that in your shower. When you leave the shower, mist it with that mixture. That won’t allow the soap scum to cling to the walls.
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I hope that helped – let me know how you like this routine! Also, what are your shower cleaning tricks?