14 April 2016
The modern day shower, whether an enclosure, walk-in, wet floor or level access, can be the biggest burden on any domestic god or goddesses weekly cleaning routine.
The all-encompassing shower is made up of many different components, surfaces and elements with each bringing their own ‘how to clean’ issues. Furthermore the average shower has many nooks, crannies and hard to reach areas which unfortunately don’t escape water and product residue.
It’s the products in which we use to clean ourselves that create the most grime in our showers. Shampoo’s, conditioners, soaps, exfoliating scrubs and shaving gels are rife with chemicals, which when mixed with warm water, create a clear slime like goo that when settled on tiles, silicone, screens and grout will soon turn to a hard to remove stain or black mould like residue.
Unfortunately for the domesticated home the majority of supermarket cleaning products just won’t cut the demanding requirements to clean these surfaces or remove residue that has already formulated.
In this article we’re talking shower cleaning techniques and expertise along with tried and tested ‘old wives tails’ that not only work but are often a tenth of the price of current products, if not already residing in your kitchen cupboards!
We’ll be focusing on 4 key areas that from our industry knowledge are the most troublesome areas to tackle, these include:
1.Glass Screens, Tiles & Wall Boards
2.Grout & Silicone
3.Shower Head & Chrome Fixtures
4.The Plug Hole
So without further a due, let’s begin!
When it comes to concentrating on this area the biggest issue is water marks or, in more severe cases, hard limescale. Streaky, patchy, and horrendous to remove water marks & limescale are a time consuming cleaning nightmare. Until now.
In order to remove these unsightly stains we suggest a mix of vinegar, water, lemon juice and baking-soda, which when combined make a cleaning paste fit for a king’s shower.
1.Tip small amounts (1-2 teaspoons) of lemon juicy straight onto a scrub sponge and apply to the surface in a gentle circular motion
2.Dip the same scrub sponge into pre made paste of 1 part vinegar & 1 part baking soda continue to apply to the surface using the same circular motion
Leave to sit for 1-2 hours in severe cases
3.Using a spray bottle apply half vinegar half water solution to the surface using the squidgy to dry. For further drying and the ultimate shine we suggest using a soft cloth which again should be used in the circular motion.
In most homes the Shower Head gets its fair share of use. As a result calcium and minerals will start to build up, especially if you’ve got lots of those elements in your local water supply, leaving black residue around the water filters and in some cases rust. Removing this type of residue build can be difficult, here we offer you a natural and cost effective way to get it nice and clean:
1.Slightly warm a generous amount vinegar on the stove top until Luke warm.
2.Fill a carrier bag with enough of the Luke warm white vinegar to allow the shower head to float and not touch the bottom of the bag.
3.Immerse the shower head in the bag of warm vinegar and tie the handles around the head for support and allow it to soak until you see that the mineral deposits have dissipated.
4.Once dissipated remove the bag and run warm water through the shower head brushing any spots that may have been left behind with an old toothbrush.
Cleaning Silicone sealant and grout, whether around the edge of the bath or shower tray, is similarly just as easy. Simply dilute some bleach, dab some cotton wool into the diluted bleach and apply directly onto the silicone, pressing the cotton wool into the silicone and leave for 1 – 2 hours.
When it comes to bathroom fixtures, whether bath or basin taps & shower mixer the ultimate material is chrome. Chrome creates that luxurious look and feel that really adds some shine to your suite, unless there covered in marks, stains or in the worst cases rust which demonstrate a tired bathroom in need of some TLC.
The problem with chrome fixtures is they look great but are an absolute nightmare when trying to keep that brand new shine because of the water and condensation element which unfortunately in a bathroom environment can’t be avoided.
In order to keep chrome looking its best we suggest a combination of baby wipes and baby oil, we’ll come back to tackling rust later. Firstly wipe the chrome fixture with a baby wipe and buff dry with a soft cloth. Secondly, and for the ultimate shine, apply a small amount of baby oil onto the same soft cloth (or cotton wool), apply & buff dry.
If you’re wanting to remove rust then scrunch a small amount of aluminium foil into a ball and buff the area of rust in a circle motion until the rust has gone then apply the steps above.
The problem with keeping your plug hole clean is that you can’t see it or the dirt, mold & product residue that accumulates here, as the saying goes ‘out of sight, out of mind!’ However what if we told you that your plug hole is potentially the dirtiest component, of not only your shower, but your entire bathroom? And yes that includes your toilet…
The plug hole see’s everything, soap, product residue, warm water (a germs best friend), mold, rust, hair, dead skin… we’ll stop now… making it the highest priority on the ‘must keep clean’ list. But how should you clean it? Well we’re glad you asked!
Firstly pour 3 large table spoons of bicarbonate soda down the plug hole and top up with a cup full of white vinegar. Wait for it to fizz, in severe cases you may want to leave for 30 mins, then pour a full kettle of just boiled water down the whole to clear. This should work a dream however we suggest you do this every 3-4 weeks to not only keep your drain clean and germ free but also smelling sweet!
That’s all from us, now it’s your turn!
On your marks… get set… spring clean!
Too much, too soon? Perhaps, but we hope you found this article useful all the same.
Remember to send you’re before & afters on any of the above techniques firstname.lastname@example.org – we’re beyond intrigued to see how our readers get on or whether you have any further tips that make your routinely spring bathroom a breeze!