Although your shower is where you go to get clean, it doesn't stay clean with continual usage. Soap scum and mildew can form on glass and tile shower surfaces, which require regular maintenance to keep them looking fresh and clean. Here are 3 things to know about cleaning your shower.
1. Some of what contributes to a dirty shower can't be detected visually. Over time, hair tends to build up inside the drain, causing water to drain more slowly and leave buildup on the inside of the tub or shower stall. You can purchase a jagged plastic hair remover from your local home store, or simply use the end of a wire hanger. Remove the drain cover, and reach in with the utensil and pull out any hair that gets lodged on it. Throw the hair away in a plastic bag, and continue to reach in and pull out hair until the drain is clear. If water continues to drain slowly, try using a commercial drain cleaner.
2. To properly clean your entire shower, remove all the contents, including shampoo bottles, razors, soap bars, and loofahs. Wipe down the areas that were holding these items. Leave the bathroom door open, and turn on the overhead fan for proper ventilation. Starting in sections, spray a cleaning agent on the wall and floor of the shower. Let it sit for 5 minutes, or follow the instructions on the product's label. Make sure the cleaning agent you've chosen is appropriate for the material your shower is made of. For example, you can't use acidic products containing vinegar or ammonia on marble. Don't use metal scrubbers or hard bristle brushes. A soft sponge or cloth will work best. After cleaning each section, rinse well.
3. Create a cleaning agent with 2 parts water to 1 part bleach. Use it to clean grout using an old toothbrush as a scrubber.
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