In addition to performing necessary repairs, cleaning your shower is an important way to ensure that it remains in like-new condition for as long as possible. Learning how to clean your shower like a pro will not only keep your shower clean and functional, as preventing the buildup of mould and other minerals can significantly decrease any shower repair bills you might have.
Your shower cleans you, so you should do the same for it. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that you can use on cleaning day to clean your shower faster and better. If you follow these, you’ll have a sparkling, squeaky clean shower in no time.
Keep Your Shower Clean
No brushes or scourers. If you think you’re spending far too much of your time scrubbing the dirt and grime from your shower, then the problem is probably your cleaning tool. Brushes and scourers can damage the the grout. The constant rubbing will slowly erode the grout and form holes and crevices for water deposits… Allowing for mould to set in. We highly recommend after a newly fresh grout has been applied, to only use a micro fibre cloth with a cleaning product.
Try deep cleaning. This is best done right after you’ve had a shower, as the surface of your shower is already wet, and the steam will have loosened any grime or dirt, which makes your job easier! Use your preferred bathroom cleaner to wipe down your walls. You can also mix vinegar and dish soap in equal parts and spray it onto your walls before cleaning. Make sure you get in all of the nooks and crannies of your shower. Soap scum tends to build up on faucets and shower handles, and can easily be forgotten.
Spot clean often. Mix water and a spot-free rinse agent and spray it onto the shower walls, door and curtains. Buy a shower squeegee and use it quickly dry walls to prevent the formation of water spots and the buildup of soap scum. Be mindful that some surfaces require special care. Ensure that all the cleaning products and tools you use won’t damage or degrade the surfaces of your shower.
Keep your shower dry. Dark and damp environments are the perfect environments for mould, mildew and germs to thrive. You can minimize this by keeping your shower as dry as possible when you’re finished using it. You could do this by squeegeeing the water off the walls, floor and door, or wiping these areas with a towel to get rid of leftover condensation. Try to leave your bathroom window open for an hour after having a shower, or turn on your vent fan for 20-30 minutes to reduce the humidity in the room. You can also leave your shower curtain or door open to let the humidity from your hot shower disperse throughout the room.
Check your shower products. The shower gels, soaps, shampoos and conditioners could be adding to your shower’s problems without you realising it. For example, opaque bar soap leaves behind soap scum, while liquid body washes and shower gels don’t. If the grout in your shower is turning an unusual colour, such as pink or green, then you should check the ingredients of your shampoo. Some shampoos contain dyes which can discolour certain parts of your shower. Consider switching to a shampoo without added colour.
Where you keep your products can also affect the growth of certain minerals. Don’t keep your bottles on the floor of the shower, as this lets water to collect under them to form slime and mildew. Try keeping them on a shelf or a shower caddy with a grated rather than a solid base.
Trust the experts. Always be on the lookout for unusual growths of mould and other substances. Sometimes, even when you clean often, your shower may just be in need of a repair. Leaks are a common cause of mould, mildew, bad smells and damaged tiles, so if your problems still persist even though you spot clean regularly and also do deep cleans, call a professional to come and take a look at your bathroom. The team at Elite Shower Repairs can help you with any problem you can’t fix on your own.