May 052011
 

Most people don’t enjoy cleaning their shower, but when you think about the mildew and bacteria that can easily grow there you know it’s something you have to do. Follow these steps to make your shower cleaning easier.

Safety First

For the sake of safety make sure the room is ventilated by opening the window or door. Put on some rubber gloves and you’re ready to go.

Empty Out

Before you start cleaning your shower, empty everything out. This is not only a great time to get rid of any empty bottles and small bits of soap but also to take a quick inventory as to what you need the next time you go shopping for bathroom supplies.

Shower Door

If you have a glass shower door, do that first because you can step inside the shower while it’s still dry. Use white vinegar, a glass cleaner, or warm soap and water to clean the inside of the shower door. After you clean glass shower doors, remember to clean out the shower door tracks. An old toothbrush can be used to get down inside the tracks.

Inside the Shower

Now it’s time to start cleaning inside the shower. Start at the top of the shower, then clean from top to bottom. Get the shower floor last so all the soap scum will go down the drain.

First, rinse off the walls with a mixture of hot water and soap. The idea here is to loosen the scum that’s on the walls. Next, it’s time to scrub. You can use a scrubber sponge. That’s one that does not have a scouring pad that would scratch your tile. Some people use a mixture of ammonia and vinegar while others prefer a mildew spray.

For the grout between the tiles, a grout brush is recommended. This brush with a stiff bristled will help to remove the soap scum from the grout. After rinsing off the walls and grout you may then want to use white vinegar on the grout for deeper cleaning. Then, as before, rinse off the wall and grout.

If your walls and grout haven’t been done in a while, you may have to repeat this process the next day. Some people also swear by a steam machine. You can use this tool to clean both the walls and the grout.

To make the rinsing off process easier it will be helpful to have a handheld showerhead. These usually have a flexible hose that will let you move it all around your shower. Start rinsing from the top and go down the walls.

Shower head and fixtures

After the walls you should clean off your showerhead. If it’s been a while since it was cleaned, you might want to remove the shower head and soak it in vinegar. You can clean the showerhead holes by scrubbing with an old toothbrush. This is also the time to clean the hot and cold knobs or the valve that controls shower pressure. Many of these are stainless steel or have a chrome finish so be careful not to use any scrubber that can scratch them.

Shower Floor

Now it’s time to turn your attention to the shower floor. Begin by cleaning out the drain. Depending on your type of drain you may have to take off the drain cover or just reach in and grab the hair that has collected there. If you find this particular part of the job too unpleasant, there are drain cleaning tools you can buy that make his job easier.

Then clean your shower floor much like you clean the walls. Rinse all the dirt and soap scum down the drain.

Accessories

Last, but not least, if you use accessories such as a shower caddy or a freestanding shower seat, these also need to be cleaned. It might be easier if you take them out of the shower to clean them.

If you clean your shower on a regular basis, instead of waiting until you can no longer stand it, it will be a much easier and more pleasant job.

Read Tools to Use to Clean Your Shower for details about what equipment you might want to use to clean your shower.

May 052011
 

You can’t feel clean if you’re in a dirty shower. Prevention of mold and mildew are two of the main reasons why it’s so important that you keep your shower and tub extremely clean. Many people have heard of the harmful and dangerous effects of black mold, but this is only one of the thousands of kinds of bacteria and fungi that can accumulate in the bathroom, and especially in your shower.

Below are some of the tools you can use to make cleaning your shower easier. Read Steps To Clean Your Shower for details about getting your shower cleaner.

Basic Shower Cleaning Tools

If you have tiles in your shower, one area that you have to ensure gets properly cleaned is the grout. Grout is a major source of both mildew and mold. Even if you cannot see the mold, it may still be there. One of the best ways to sanitize grout is to get a good grout brush and a bacterial killing soap product.

A good grout brush needs to have strong bristles and the best ones will not have a flat surface. You want to make sure that the brush gets into the grout. Many brushes skim across the tile but do not get right into the grooves with the grout.

Most companies seal grout when it is used in a bathroom, but over time sealants become ineffective and water absorbs into the grout. You may eventually have to reseal the grout in your shower.

Moisture is one of the main reasons that a shower can become moldy. A squeegee is a perfect way to clean off all the excess water in the shower, and it only takes a couple of minutes. Squeegees not only reduce the moisture in the bathroom, they will also help to prevent water spots. You can use your squeegee on tile, walls, and especially glass shower doors.

Another alternative is to get a good shower cloth. There are many different kinds available and many of them come with built-in disinfectants. After every use of the shower, you can quickly use one to wipe down the entire shower.

If the thought of cleaning out hair in shower drains makes you ill, a drain cleaning tool is available. Basically, it’s a piece of plastic with grooves on it that slides into your drain and lets you lift out any hair that’s in there. You can then dump it without having to touch it.

 

Automatic Shower Cleaner Kits

Some people find that an easier way to keep their shower clean is to use an automatic shower cleaner. These come in kits with a sprayer that spins to put cleaning fluid on all the walls of the shower. Your press a button and walk away.

These products not only are simple to use, but are effective at killing all kinds of bacteria, can last for over thirty days, and have a pleasing scent. This type of setup will greatly reduce the chance of any kind of bacterial growth and will keep the shower fresh and odor free. There are two settings on most of these products, one for quick jobs and one for deeper cleaning. They are safe for almost all kinds of showers or tub-shower combinations and can be used daily.

Steam

Steam is another great way to help keep bacteria and germs from growing in your bathroom. One of the big advantages of using a streamer for cleaning is that it kills gems without using harsh chemicals. Additionally, with a steam cleaner, you can guide the spray right into grout and other small areas ensuring that they are sanitized.

With the many shower cleaning tools available you should have no excuses for not cleaning your shower.