If you allow soap scum, hard water, mold and mildew, and other residue to build up on your bathtub, shower walls, and glass shower enclosures, you will be left with a huge cleaning task when you eventually decide to restore their look and cleanliness. Hard water and soap scum build-up collected in layers can become thick and calcified, requiring more effort from you to clean than if you keep the surfaces free of build-up on a regular basis. Here are some tips to help you clean and keep clean your bathtub and shower enclosure with regular and easy maintenance.
Glass Shower Doors
Whether your shower enclosure is a large walk-in shower area or sits atop your bathtub, you will want to do all you can to keep the glass doors clean. The surface of your glass doors can either make or break the appearance of your bathroom's cleanliness: sparkling glass free of streaks and spots will reflect light within your bathroom, whereas flass covered in grime and grit will make your shower appear dirty. Water spots are mostly paraffin wax from the soap you use reacting to hard water and leaving stains, and it can be removed with the right products.
Clean off this build-up of soap scum and hard water spots by mixing up baking soda and vinegar in a large bowl to make a paste similar in consistency to frosting. Combining these two products together will create a fizzing in your bowl, but wait until the fizzing stops before using it to clean your shower glass. Once the fizzing stops, you will be left with a paste solution of sodium acetate and water. Spread the paste onto the surface of your glass shower enclosure using a sponge or plastic scrubber, and let it sit for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, wipe the paste off with a wet rag, removing all residue, and use a squeegee to wipe the glass dry. Your shower glass should be spot free. To keep the glass spot free, use a squeegee to remove water from the shower glass after each time you use it. You can even do this at the end of your shower before you exit. Keep the squeegee hanging in your shower for easy access.
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You can use the same cleaning mixture you used on your glass shower doors to clean the bathtub. Following the same instructions, apply the mixture for 15 minutes to loosen the grime and water deposits, then use a sponge to clean it and the grime deposits from the bathtub.
Once you have your bathtub clean of residue and bathtub rings, keep a large sponge in your bathtub to wipe down and remove water drops from the interior of your bathtub after each use. A large car washing sponge is helpful because of its size, and using a sponge will clean the curves of the bathtub, as a squeegee cannot bend to the bathtub's shape.
Tile and Stone Shower Walls
Cleaning the tile and stone inside your shower or bathtub enclosure is possible and without damaging the look of the tile and stone. Don't use a vinegar cleaning solution on these two surfaces, as it can cause discoloration and damage to them. Instead, combine a mixture of baking soda and liquid dish soap to make a paste and apply it onto the stone or tile with your sponge. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then use the sponge to rub the surface of the shower enclosure to remove the build-up of soap residue.
To clean residue in any tight corners, use a flat-head screwdriver and a cleaning cloth. Wrap the cloth over the end of the screwdriver and apply some cleaning paste onto the end of the cloth. Rub it gently into tight corners until you remove any build-up of gunk.