How To Clean A Shower: The Best Tips
The shower is meant for getting clean, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a scrub sometimes, too! It’s not only shampoo and soap that accumulate in the shower, but also hair, grease, and other dirt. We’ll show you how to clean the shower easily - and which products are best suited for this purpose. Simply use these tips the next time bathroom cleaning is on the cards.
The best way to clean a shower: Glass and surfaces
Most cleaners are available in a practical spray bottle. Spray the cleaning product generously on all surfaces and the shower fittings and let it soak in for a while if necessary. Then rub the tiles thoroughly with a sponge. The more sensitive surfaces such as the fittings should be done with a softer cloth. Use the shower head to rinse all surfaces generously once - this also removes loose dirt from the shower. If you want to clean a glass shower door, use a squeegee with a rubber lip to remove water droplets from the surface. Top tip! You can use the squeegee for tiles as well. You can add the finishing touches to your cleaned shower enclosure by wiping it down with a lint-free cloth and polishing the fittings again.
Special treatment: mould
When thinking about how to clean a shower, you might have to consider mould, too. Wherever moisture lingers, mould won’t be far away – this is unfortunately especially true in humid environments such as bathrooms. In the shower, it often shows up in the form of black mould - typically in hard-to-reach corners. Special cleaners are available to remove mould when cleaning the shower and high percentage alcohol can also help against these nasty marks. If you’re really unlucky, you may have to regrout your shower, but try giving it a good old clean first!
Cleaning the grout in your shower is definitely not one of our favourite tasks. But if you clean your shower regularly, you won’t have to pay special attention to the grout every time. Every now and then, however, the grout will be in need of a scrub. You can use a bathroom cleaner and an old toothbrush to clean individual grout lines. Be careful when doing this, however, as the material can easily become porous and tear away. If this is the case, it is best to reseal the joints as soon as possible - this will prevent water from running between (and behind) the tiles or the shower tray.
The drain pipe
Long hair can get stuck in drains and be really hard to unclog. It is best to always remove the hair directly after showering and/or use a filter above the drain. If you notice that the pipe is clogged when cleaning the shower, you can also use special cleaning agents that dissolve the blockage. If that doesn’t do the trick, a plunger may help. If nothing works, calling a professional can sometimes be necessary. Let’s just say we’re not envious of Rapunzel’s plumber!
How to (not have to) clean your shower
Cleaning the bathroom is seldomly someone’s favourite task – although maybe it trumps having to clean the toilet. Make it easy for yourself by taking preventive measures during and after showering. Use a squeegee after every shower and always dry the fittings and joints thoroughly. This prevents water from standing and lime deposits or even mould from forming. It also makes sense to check your bathroom fan is free from dust and grime and working as well as it should be. Some showers are made of a special coated glass that cleans itself (almost). You can also use a car polish or half a potato to give the shower walls a lotus effect - a coating that makes water and dirt roll off, but make sure the product is safe for indoor use!
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