The shower is a place where mold and mildew like to grow thanks to the damp and dark properties within the bathroom. And while nobody wants to get into an unclean shower oftentimes the shower isn’t cleaned enough throughout the week or month. Ambath wants to give you advice on how to clean a shower and get rid of those hard-water stains, mildew growing in the corner, and mold growing underneath the shower tracks.
The first rule of cleaning your shower, and anywhere in your home, is going from top to bottom. You want to be sure you allow any of the dirt you are cleaning off of the shower moves down as you clean, otherwise you’ll be cleaning the floor more than once. Below we tell you just how to clean different parts of your shower and in the order you should go about doing it to.
As we mentioned above, you want to start from top to bottom when cleaning your shower. We know how difficult it can be to clean off any mildew and hard-water, so one of the first steps to take is filling a bag with distilled white vinegar and tie it over the shower head – allowing it to soak overnight. Once you remove the bag allow the water to run and you should see a difference in the way water comes out of the shower head.
Shower Walls and Curtains
After you’ve given your shower head the ability to soak overnight it’s time to start with the shower walls and curtains. When you remove the shower curtains run them with towels in the washing machine with your regular detergent. Allow them to hang dry and you’ll be able to see how much mildew has been removed. When it comes to shower doors you’ll want to use an item similar to Scrubbing Bubbles. Follow the directions and allow shower walls to be soaked, scrubbed, and rinsed. While cleaning the shower walls it’s beneficial to clean the floor right after with the same products if they are safe for the material on your shower floor.
Shower Door Tracks
One of the most difficult areas of the shower to clean are the door tracks. This is one of the most likely areas to grow mold and mildew. We understand how easy it is to neglect the shower door tracks after cleaning the shower, but cleaning them consistently will help to prevent the buildup. You’ll want to use distilled white vinegar for the tracks to pull up any mildew similar to the shower head. Soak paper towels in vinegar and allow it to sit for 30-60 minutes. Once you’ve done this take a Magic Eraser to help get into the track and clean up all the mildew. You may need to use a toothbrush for tight spots that the Magic Eraser can’t reach. After you’ve finished cleaning use a spray bottle filled with water to get rid of the rest of the dirt and vinegar.
Now you’re all done with cleaning the shower! We hope it looks brand new and sparkling clean for you to take a shower later that day. Remember to clean the shower this way once a week or at least once every two weeks. A few ways to keep the shower clean for a little longer is by using a squeegee each time you shower on the doors and walls, leaving a bathroom window open or a fan on to reduce humidity, and wipe the shower and mirror down with a dry towel to reduce condensation even more.
If you think you need a new shower and are looking to remodel your bathroom at all contact American Bath Remodeling today. We have multiple options for you to choose from and take care of everything for you!