Steps to Keeping your Shower Clean
Unless you employ a professional cleaning service, it’s your responsibility to face the task of cleaning the showers in your home. Let’s be honest, we all want a clean shower, but nobody wants to spend a lot of time scrubbing tiles. Below are some suggestions for the best ways to clean a shower that won’t take up a lot of your time, with the aide of some bathroom cleaning supplies of course.
Before you start cleaning, make sure to open a window or a door for ventilation. Remove all of your shampoos, soaps, razors and shower sponges so you don’t accidentally douse them with your cleaning product. Turn on the shower at the hottest setting and let it go for a few minutes. Running a very hot shower will create steam which will help to loosen dirt from the tiles, translating to less scrubbing for you.
Once you’ve let the shower get good and steamy, rinse down the walls and floor of your shower with a hand held shower head or pitcher, cup, etc. to get the loose hair and dirt particles out of the way. Then grab your favorite bathroom cleaning supplies and let’s get to work. If you prefer homemade cleaners, mixing 1 cup of vinegar, ½ cup baking soda, 1 cup of ammonia, and 1.5 gallons of hot water will do the trick. Start at the top so dirt and grime doesn’t drip down into an already cleaned shower floor/tub. Good Housekeeping suggests working on the shower in three vertical sections to help reduce fumes and prevent the cleaner from drying before you wipe it. After you spray each section, covering the tile and tub, let it stand for a few minutes. When you are ready to start scrubbing, spray the second section and let that stand while you clean the first section. Use wide strokes to cover a large area. Rinse the sponge and the cleaned area, spray the third section and start wiping the second section, following the same steps you did for section one, and so on until you have cleaned the entire shower. Make sure the shower is thoroughly rinsed and dried when you have finished.
Removing Mildew From Grout
Hopefully, your shower cleaning will be as easy as spray, wipe, rinse, repeat, however you may have some mildew in the tile grout that needs to be dealt with. In that case, get yourself a good scrub brush and some mildew remover. Baking soda and water combined to form a paste can be an effective natural cleaning alternative. Rinse the grout with hot water, use the scrub brush to loosen the mildew and rinse again. Apply your cleaning solution of choice and let stand. The baking soda mixture should be left to dry for an hour before scrubbing. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for commercial cleaners. Scrub the grout in circles as it will remove more grime than scrubbing up and down. Rinse completely with water and let dry. Use a fresh towel or paper towel to soak up any remaining moisture so the mold is not allowed to re-grow.
Keeping your shower clean with a good rinse after every use and an after shower spray will eliminate the need for many deep cleanings. Those extra couple of minutes will save you a lot of time in the long run, trust me!