Showers are great! You pop in – shower – and pop out, dry off, get dressed and rush out to work or whatever is in your schedule for the day. Unlike the good old conventional bath, it’s not so obvious when your shower cubicle needs a good clean. But keeping your shower spotlessly clean can be effortless if you pay a little attention to this on a regular basis.
If you haven’t cleaned the shower in a while – the first time could require a bit of old fashioned ‘elbow grease’ – but the good news is that in the future it’ll be much easier.
You’ll need the following to get your shower gleaming:
Get some tile cleaner. Porcelain, glass and ceramic tiles will come up like new with a little application of bath or tile cleaner. If you prefer, you can make your own DIY solution: a mixture of dishwashing detergent and white vinegar, which should cut through any grime and scum.
If you have natural stone walls, tiles or worktops; try using a neutral soap or specialist stone cleaner for those areas.
Buy a quality double-sided sponge. Non-scratch versions are best to avoid any unsightly scratches on tiles or glass. You’ll also need some microfibre cloths and a squeegee for maximum results.
Have some baking soda handy for any really stubborn stains; and vinegar for badly stained glass or shower doors, which tend to collect a lot of grime.
First get everything out of the shower. Remove all shower gels, soaps, conditioners, sponges, and mats, etc. If you have shower curtains fitted – remove them, or hook them out of the way. Spray the tile cleaner or DIY cleaning solution over all the surfaces of the shower cubicle and leave for a good 10 minutes to allow the cleaning solution to work on the walls and tiles.
If your shower cubicle is very dirty – you can reapply the cleaner and leave for another 5 minutes or so to make sure that it penetrates deeply into the scum and grime, especially along edges and corners of shower cubicles.
If you have glass walls in your shower – try spraying full strength vinegar on them; that usually gets rid of any build up of grime on them.
Now, take the sponge and using the abrasive side begin to scrub the walls of the shower. Start in one corner and work in small sections until you have cleaned the entire shower cubicle. If there are any extremely stubborn stains – try applying a little baking soda onto the sponge and then rubbing the stain again.
Rinse off by simply turning on the shower and spraying hot water at the top of the cubicle walls and allow the water to cascade down rinsing off all the grime and scum with it. When you’ve finished, use the sponge to scrub the shower floor, before rinsing it. You can then squeegee dry the walls and floor and polish with a microfibre cloth if you wish – and you’re done!
One final tip: make your own shower cleaner in a spray-top bottle by simply mixing vinegar and water (50/50) and simply spray your shower cubicles with it regularly when you leave the shower. This will stop any build up of mould, scum or mildew.