How to clean a shower
We all love taking showers, but...
Your shower is one of the most used rooms in your house. And, if you’re not cleaning it regularly, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to clean a shower quickly and easily – so you can keep it looking and smelling fresh. Let’s get started!
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Why should you clean your shower?
Showers can become breeding grounds for bacteria and mould if they are not cleaned regularly.
Showers can also be unsightly and smelly if they are not cleaned regularly.
While you`re cleaning the shower, you might want to deep clean your bathroom too
How often should you clean a shower?
We recommend cleaning your shower at least once a week. This will help remove dirt, soap scum and bacteria that can accumulate over time. If you use the shower more frequently, we suggest cleaning it every two or three days.
How to clean a shower: The process
Declutter and organize
Remove any items that don’t belong in the shower, such as shampoo bottles, soap dishes, razors and sponges. This will make it easier to clean the shower without having to move items that are in your way.
Gather your tools
- Rubber gloves
- Scrub brush
- Glass cleaner
- Baking soda
Make your own cleaning solution
- Glass cleaner: mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water
- Disinfectant: mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 litre of hot water
- Soap scum remover: mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with ¾ cup of ammonia
- Shower mould removal: spray the mould with a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar, then rinse off with hot water
Run hot water
Run hot water in your shower for 5 minutes. The hot steam will loosen any grime and dirt that’s on the shower surface so you’ll have an easier time cleaning it.
Descale the shower head
Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a bowl. Fill a plastic bag with the solution and tie it around the shower head for one hour. This will help descale the showerhead and remove any dirt or soap scum that has built up over time.
Remove the bag and scrub the showerhead with a scrub brush to remove any dirt and grime. Rinse off with warm water.
Clean shower faucets
Spray the faucets with your glass cleaner and scrub them with a towel or sponge. Rinse off with warm water.
Unclog the drain
Manually remove any hair or dirt residue. Pour hot water into the drain followed by a draino product. Wait a few minutes to let the draino work and follow with a pot of hot water again. Alternatively, you can use vinegar and water solution or baking soda.
“At worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.”
Clean the shower wall
Spray the shower walls with your cleaning solution. Using a scrub brush, start from the top of the wall and work your way down. Rinse off with warm water.
Clean shower door
Spray the shower door with your cleaning solution, then wipe them down with a towel. You can also use a glass cleaner to make sure your doors sparkle.
Dry shower doors with a squeegee
Run the squeegee along all the walls and doors to make sure you remove any excess water. This will also help prevent mould and bacteria growth.
Dry the shower walls
Using a dry microfiber cloth, wipe down all the surfaces to remove any remaining moisture. This will help prevent any water spots or streaks from forming.
Clean shower floor
Spray the floor with your cleaning solution, then scrub it using a scrub brush. Rinse off with warm water and use a squeegee to remove any excess water. Dry the floor with a microfiber soft cloth or towel.
Disinfect the entire shower
Finally, spray your disinfectant solution onto the walls and floors of the shower. Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
Clean the grout between tiles
Spray the grout with a cleaning solution and scrub it with a toothbrush. Rinse off with hot water. You can also sprinkle baking soda on the grout and spray it with white vinegar. Leave the baking soda for 10 minutes then scrub and rinse – this helps remove any built-up dirt.
If you’re looking for a more comprehensive article on this topic, read our blog on how to clean grout
Remove mould and mildew in the shower
Spray the affected areas with a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water. Leave it on for 10 minutes then scrub off with a brush and rinse. You can also use vinegar, baking soda or bleach to help remove mould and mildew.
How to maintain a clean shower
Maintain a clean shower by wiping down surfaces after each use and following up with a deep weekly clean. You should also keep the shower ventilated and dry after each use to discourage mould and mildew growth. Make sure you regularly check for any leaks or cracks and repair them as soon as possible.
Finally, use a monthly descaler to help keep your fixtures and showerhead clear of any built-up dirt or limescale. This will help keep your shower looking clean and new for longer.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
So, there you have it! Everything you need to know in order to clean your shower.
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