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Showers are great for helping some people wake up in the morning and helping others relax in the evening. Don’t let soap scum and hard water stains take the pleasure out of showering. The shower can be an intimidating area of the house to clean but we’ve got some tricks that can help make the job a lot easier.
- Remove as much as you can from the shower before getting started. That includes bottles, can, jars, and any racks that aren’t anchored in place.
- Use the proper products for the surface that you’re cleaning. Mold and mildew are common in showers and gel-type toilet bowl cleaners work great for this. Vinegar is also very effective and a cheap cleaner to help cut through stains and soap buildup. For heavy soap scum buildup use a mixture with:
- ½ cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup ammonia
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 6 cups water
- Let the products do the heavy lifting – often people make the mistake of scrubbing right away but if you give the chemicals some time do work, you won’t need so much elbow grease. We suggest taking this time to rinse and clean all the items that were pulled out in the sink.
- When you’re ready to start scrubbing, remember to work from top to bottom and start with a medium-bristle brush. Save yourself a little bit of strain by using a scrub pad on a telescoping rod to reach the high and low areas.
- Scrub the shower pan using the same method after all the tile has been cleaned. Magic erasers also work very well at loosening scum and stains for plastic shower pans.
- Rinse and dry all the surfaces to be sure everything was cleaned well. A major mistake a lot of people make is leaving the shower wet and this will often hide shower scum and leave new hard water stains.
- Shower curtains are most easily cleaned by removing them and running them through a gentle-cycle in the washing machine.
- We recommend cleaning showers door with Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and a touch of dish soap to remove the soap build up. For hard water, try a non-scratch scrub pad and vinegar. Lemon oil will leave the glass and metal trim with a shiny finish. It also helps to prevent future build up!
- Finally, the best tip we have for showers is proper maintenance. Regularly wiping or squeegeeing the shower surfaces will go a long way in preventing hard-water and scum build up. Less standing water will also help prevent mildew and mold from growing.
We hope you found these tips useful and if you’d like to learn more, check out Blue Spruce Maids, a Broomfield house cleaning company serving all of North Denver.