How to Clean a Shower
A shower makes you clean by getting dirt itself. Cleaning a shower seems a difficult job, but it gives you a fresh and clean bath. However, by following some instructions can make the whole process an easy one. So, follow the strategy and get each part of the shower precise clean.
Here are some steps you can follow:
Open the bathroom window
At first, keep the bathroom window open as well as the ventilator. When you clean the shower, something dangerous can be produced, which is dangerous to inhale. A window helps you a lot to get sufficient light as well as fresh air. Moreover, if your bathroom has a fan, turn the switch on before starting to clean.
Here is a caution: if you feel lightheaded or nauseous, leave the room as soon as possible and go to the open space.
Remove dirt and hair from your drain
At first, clean the shower by removing all debris and hair. So, take a long and thin item such as a knitting hook or a wire hanger. Also, take a plastic bag or garbage can so that you can store dirt or hair in it. Now start to clean the shower. Unscrew the cap of the drain and pull the dirt or hair out. Throw the dirt or hair in the garbage can. Continue to clean the drain until it is hair-free. If you remove the hair from the drain after taking a bath regularly, it's easy to clean the shower.
If you want to avoid manual steps, apply a drain cleaner once a month to keep the drain clean. The drain works well if it is cleaned regularly. The drain doesn’t work well if it is clogged. Even you may need to call a plumber if it is too clogged.
After removing all the dirt and hair from the drain, apply hot water in the drain to rinse it. Hope nothing remains in the drain. However, if you find something while rinsing, repeat the same process once again to remove the clog and to clean the drain.
Clean the shower walls and tub
Before cleaning the shower, remove all available items such as shampoo bottles, conditioner, razors, shavers, soaps, etc. after that, wipe down the plastic items. Throw out all unused items and bottles to make the bathroom clean. Too many bottles and other items make the bathroom clumsy and messy.
Now use a bucket or cup to splash the shower walls and tub with hot water. A handheld showerhead works well to splash the wall. Now, divide the whole wall into three or four sections mentally and start to clean each part. It’s easy and manageable to clean a small part instead of a large area. Even, it prevents the section from drying while you rinse the next part. If your bathroom has a bathtub, divide it for several divisions as well.
Remove all the dirt, hair and other particles down to the drain and wash them out away through the way. You should rinse the wall and tubs once in a week or at least twice a month to maintain the cleanliness.
Now, make sure that the cleaning agent is appropriate for the wall. Never use a different cleaning agent for the wall unless it is recommended. It may discolor or decay the wall. However, you can make your own cleaning agent by mixing vinegar, baking soda, ammonia, and hot water with an appropriate proportion.
Now, let the whole wall soak for 5-10 minutes. Rub the cleaning agent with a sponge, clean cotton cloth, or a soft brush. It's easy to rub the wall, but you may rinse it several times in-between passes if it is too dirty.
Rinse the shower wall
When you have finished rubbing one part of the divided section of the wall, splash the wall with clean water by using a cup or bucket or handheld showerhead. Make sure that no cleaning agent remains after rinsing water. Repeat the process for each section and before going to the next section, make sure that the previous section is clear enough. Thus, clean all the section you divided mentally before start cleaning.
Once you have cleaned all the parts one after another, turn the shower on for a final rinse for whole wall or the tub. Here, make sure that no residue remains after final rinsing.
Start cleaning faucets
Hope you have successfully cleaned the wall. Now, start o clean the faucets of the bathroom. So, to clean the faucet, at first splash water up over the faucets to wet the surface. It also helps to wash away the debris of the faucets. Now, make a perfect mixture of vinegar and water as a cleaning and polishing agent. Get a clean cloth and dip into the vinegar-water mixture.
Wipe the faucets with the cloth to remove spots. You should clean the faucets weekly as toothpaste and soap leave flecks on the faucets regularly. After wiping with the cloth dipped in the mixture, use a dry clean cloth to make the faucets dry.
Clean Shower Head
Cleaning a shower head is quite different from cleaning the walls and tub. It requires a large amount of vinegar that depends on how the showerhead large is. The showerhead must be submerged into vinegar. So, let's start:
At first, pour white vinegar into large leak-proof storage or plastic bag. Then, place the showerhead into the bag so that the whole head can be submerged in the vinegar. You can add more vinegar to make sure that the vinegar covers the spray area. Tie bag off with anything so that the showerhead holds in the place. Let, the showerhead soak with vinegar overnight.
In the morning, pour the vinegar down to the drain and keep the bag for recycling or throw it into the garbage can. Your showerhead free from dirt, hair, and debris. Turn the showerhead on and run water through it with full capacity. Continue running water until the vinegar is fully washed away.
How Often to Clean Your Shower?
Keeping your shower clean is a major task in everyday life. Your shower keeps you clean and gives you're a refreshing bath. So, you should clean the shower and tub at least once a week. Otherwise, dirt, hair, and debris store on the shower and make it clog. However, you may have to pay more attention to the fiber or glass shower door. It's an excellent way to use a squeegee to wipe the water away after each time bath. It prevents the buildup of soap scum and keeps the glass looking spotless.
How to Clean Ceramic Tile Showers
The ceramic shower gives you an amazing feeling, but it comes with a big challenge. The challenge is the grout of the ceramic shower, especially when it is left unsealed. It is a perfect place for the growth of mildew spores which are mainly responsible for damaging ceramic shower. Here is how you can clean the ceramic tile showers with the easiest way.
What you need
- Grout cleaner or homemade solution for cleaning
- Chlorine bleach
- Rubber gloves
- Soft-bristle brush
Steps of cleaning ceramic tile showers:
- At first, remove the hair from the drain. Then remove all shampoo bottles, soap, razors, poofs, and toys. Wipe each item down with a clean cloth dipped in hot water.
- Open the door, windows, and ventilators so that the bathroom gets enough air and light. Turn the fan (if any) on in the bathroom to help the shower dry quickly. You can also use a bucket or handheld showerhead to wet the walls down of the shower.
- Now, start rubbing the wall. Wait here for a few minutes. Pay a deep look at the presence of mildew on the grout. If you see any mildew, remove it first before move on to the usual grime. Make a solution of chlorine bleach and hot water to remove the mildew. Apply the solution to the mildewed grout with a sponge by wearing rubber gloves. Wait for at least ten minutes to allow the solution works. Then scrub the mildew with a Soft-bristle brush. Rinse the whole area with hot water to remove the grout.
- Now, move to the next step to clean the shower. Spray the commercial cleaner or homemade solution to the wall as well as on the floor and let it work for 5-10 minutes. The cleaner works to break the scum and dirt particles.
- Once the particles are broken, scrub the wall with a sponge or a plastic mesh scrubber. Clean each part of the wall completely and move on the next. Rinse the part you have left scrubbing with clean water. When you rinse the whole wall or floor, use an old towel or a squeegee to remove any water from the surface.
- Caution: never use a metal scrubber or hard-bristled brush it can scratch on the ceramic tiles.
How to Clean Stone Showers
Using stone for the shower denotes something specialty to the owners. It requires more caring than any other shower. But caring for the stone tile preserves the appearance and condition for generations.
What You Need
- Stone cleaner (non-acid & ammonia-free)
- Warm water (not too hot)
- Stone sealer
- Chlorine bleach
- Microfiber cloths
- Spray bottle
Steps of cleaning stone showers
- At first, remove all the unnecessary items from the shower. Then spray the stone cleaner on the wall and the floor and wait for a few minutes. In the meantime, the cleaner begins to work on the dirt particles. Wipe the wall down with a microfiber cloth. Rinse the wall and the floor with clean water and then wipe with dry clean cloth from top to bottom.
- If you see any mildew on the stone or grout, use the chlorine bleach and allow it to work. Dip the sponge in the chlorine bleach-warm water solution and apply on the mildewed area. Never forget to wear rubber gloves. Let w=the solution work for at least fifteen minutes and then rub to clean the mildew. Rinse the mildew with clean water and wipe the floor or wall down with a dry and clean cloth.
How to Remove Tough Stains from Showers
Stains make the shower messy. It destroys the beauty of the bathroom, although you install pricey and well-designed instruments. So, you must pay special attention to remove tough stains from showers. Here, you can follow the steps to remove tough stains.
Look on the stains
Investigate the stains on the location. Find out why the stains are on the spot. If you find the reason behind leaving stains on the place, it's easy to apply the cleaning procedure. A special procedure is applied to special stains. Here are some examples you can follow.
Grease, tar, and cosmetics are some common examples of oil-based stains. They cause the tiles to look dirty and darken. Here, you can use household detergent, dish soap, or ammonia with a soft clean cloth and wipe the spot out gently to clean the area. You can use mineral spirits or acetone to remove the stain if ammonia or detergent fails. Remember that, applying any toxic element instead of household elements is the last resort.
Mildew and Algae
Prepare a household solution by adding a half cup of ammonia, chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide with a gallon of water. Use a soft cloth and dip in the solution. Then rinse the area with the cloth. After that, wipe the surface down with dry soft cloth or towel to remove mildew and algae.
Caution: never mix ammonia and chlorine bleach. It can create toxic fumes that result in serious harm or even death.
Organic substances like feces, urine, tobacco, paper, food, and bodily fluids may create a brown-pink stain. Make a solution of 12% hydrogen peroxide and a couple of drops of ammonia. Use the solution to clean organic stains.
Rusty stain seems too ugly on the shower. So, if you find rust stains in the shower, use a shaving cream or a paste of lemon juice or baking soda to remove the stain. You can use a commercial cleaner, including oxalic acid if the stain is large.
Caution: never use chlorine bleach on a rust stain. It makes the stain permanently instead of removing the stain.