The Homeowner’s Guide to Deep Cleaning the Shower

Saturday August 12th, 2017

Cleaning your shower is a necessary chore.

No one loves cleaning the bathroom. But even if you hate it, this is a chore that you should tackle regularly, particularly when it comes to your shower. Though the purpose of the shower is to make you clean, it can become pretty dirty in the process, especially if you do not have good ventilation in the room. 

It is time to stop dreading bathroom cleanup and set out on your journey to a fresh space. If you want a shower that looks like new, try out the following plan, that will make your bathroom look as immaculate as the day that you first moved in.

Start with your prep work
To get a deep clean, start by gathering the right supplies. Make sure you have the following:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Brush

Once you have the supplies, spray down the shower with hot water. The warmer temperature will help to loosen any existing soap scum and other residue.

Next, cover the shower with a fine layer of baking soda, combining it with some water to form a paste. Rub it into the surfaces to free some of the scum that has collected on the surfaces. Once you have covered the area, spray vinegar over the space, covering everything with the baking soda. When the combination has finished fizzing, scrub the surface again and rinse it down with water. If there are any tough stains, go back over them with baking soda and vinegar again and rub the area thoroughly with a stiff-bristled brush.

Rinse the shower a final time with hot water to clear up any residual cleaning products. If any stubborn spots remain, you may want to try focusing on that area with a toothbrush.

Your shower needs to be cleaned regularly to get rid of mildew and other buildup. Your shower needs regular cleaning to get rid of mildew and other buildup.

Focus on your fixtures
While the floor and walls may make up most of the surface area in the shower, the fixtures need a lot of attention. Minerals from the water can collect on showerheads, handles and drains, which can prove a challenge when it comes time to clean.

To clean your showerhead, RealSimple suggested filling a bag with vinegar – enough to submerge the entire fixture – and tying it to the pipe. Leave the bag in place overnight and then rinse it with water once you remove it in the morning. You can do the same for the handle.

However, if you have bronze fixtures in your shower, Better Homes & Gardens pointed out that you should use only water when you clean. If you have the manufacturer’s instructions, be sure to check them carefully before you apply any cleaning materials that could be corrosive or in any other way harmful. When in doubt, test the cleanser on a small portion of the fixture before you begin cleaning the whole thing.

Have glass doors? Do not forget to give them some attention as well. Usually, a simple glass cleaner and a sponge or cloth should do the trick. Buff the glass with a microfiber cloth or a piece of newspaper to avoid streaking.

Keep in mind that by cleaning your shower regularly, the task will be much easier than if you go long periods between scrubs. So roll up your sleeves and grab your scrub brush at least every couple of weeks to make the chore easier.

If you really want your shower to look like new, consider installing a new showerhead. At your local Wolseley Canada Vague & Vogue showroom, you can browse options from trusted brands such as American Standard, Blanco, Grohe and Riobelto search for the right products to fit your desired bathroom style or theme.

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