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How to Clean a Shower (Our Expert Tips)

There’s nothing like a hot shower after a long day of work or study, but what happens when you go in your shower and it looks gross and dirty? Like every other part of our homes, you need to clean a shower regularly to keep it clean and hygienic.

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to clean a shower effectively. Let’s get started!

How Often Should You Clean Your Shower?

shower faucet and showerhead cleaning process from lime scale, white chalk sediment and stains using a commercial soap scum remover

Cleaning your shower is something you should do at least once every two weeks. It would be even better to perform a deep clean more often. However, ideally, you can take a minute after your shower to ensure no residue is stuck on the shower’s surface.

Here are some basic cleaning steps:

  1. Wait until you’ve finished showering.
  2. Use a cloth, towel, or squeegee to wipe the shower doors and walls.
  3. Clear the drain and remove any hair. 
  4. Hang up all your shower tools to let them dry properly.
  5. Dry the glass shower doors whenever possible to remove water spots.

Do this every time you or someone else uses the shower, and you will reduce the need for deep cleaning.

Note: Shower curtains require regular cleaning as they accumulate mold, oil, and soap residue. As a rule, you should wash your shower curtains at least once a month if possible.

How to Clean Ceramic Tile Showers

Hand and glove cleaning the bathroom tiles.

A tile shower is one of the most common options because of its appearance, affordability, and functionality. However, these showers have two problems: the surface’s porosity and the grout lines between the tiles.

The tiles’ porous nature allows bacteria and other elements to accumulate if you do not clean them properly. Other things to consider are the gaps between the tiles called grout lines. These gaps will quickly fill with mold, soil, and bacteria.

That’s why keeping the tiles clean is such an important thing to do, especially if more than one person uses the shower.

Supplies and Tools

Here’s what you’ll need to clean a tile shower:

  • A commercial shower and grout cleaner
  • Chlorine bleach
  • A sponge or a plastic mesh scrubber
  • Cleaning gloves
  • A bristle brush

Tip: You can create a DIY shower cleaner combining ½ cup of distilled white vinegar, 3 quarts of hot water, and ½ cup of ammonia. You can place the solution inside a spray bottle to make the cleaning process easier.

Instructions

Now that you have all the supplies and tools you need, you can start cleaning your ceramic tile shower:

  1. Empty the shower. The first step is to remove shampoo, razors, soaps, and any other items that could obstruct the cleaning process. Wipe them all down and place them somewhere safe. Throw away any empty bottles to regain some useful space in the shower.
  2. Ventilate the bathroom. Cleaning product fumes are extremely dangerous, especially in enclosed environments like bathrooms. So, the next step is to open as many windows and doors as possible. You can also use this time to wet the walls with water using a bucket or the shower head.
  3. Remove all mold and mildew. Use the brush and chlorine to tackle all the mildew accumulated in the gaps between the tiles. The time you’ll take to complete this step will depend on how often you clean your shower.
  4. Apply the cleaning solution. Now, apply the cleaning solution to the walls and shower floor. Let the liquid do its magic for around ten minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.
  5. Time to scrub and rinse. You can now use a sponge or a plastic mesh scrubber to clean the walls and floor. Once you’ve removed all residue, you can use the showerhead to rinse the surface.
  6. Dry the shower. This final step is easier with a squeegee, but some old towels will do the job. Try to remove any water spots from the surface.

Steps for Cleaning a Fiberglass Shower

Baking soda with vinegar, natural mix for effective house cleaning

A fiberglass shower is the most practical option you’ll find. Thanks to its functional design, this type of shower can fit in small spaces. However, it is more delicate than ceramic models and can get scratched easily.

When a fiberglass shower gets scratched, soil settles inside and accumulates bacteria and other elements.

Supplies and Tools

Here’s what you’ll need to clean a fiberglass shower:

  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • A sponge or soft-bristled brush
  • A squeegee
  • A spray bottle
  • A microfiber cloth

Tip: Use the same cleaning solution you use to clean a ceramic tile shower. Just combine the vinegar with ammonia and hot water.

Instructions

You have all your supplies and tools, and now it is time to get to work and clean your fiberglass shower:

  1. Empty the shower. Start by emptying the shower by removing any accessories and obstacles, including toys, shampoos, and soaps. When you’ve removed all items, you can start rinsing the shower walls and floors with warm water.
  2. Use the solution and scrub. Apply the cleaning solution to the walls and floor. You have to let it dry for around five to ten minutes so that it can do its job. Once you’ve waited, you can start scrubbing the walls and floors using a soft bristle brush.
  3. Be careful. When scrubbing a fiberglass shower, you have to be very careful. The surface is very delicate and easy to scratch. You should use circular motions when scrubbing.
  4. Dry the walls and floor. The last step is to dry any water spots from the surface. Use your squeegee, a soft cloth, or some old towels if necessary.

Big blue bathroom design with shower

Safety tip: Do not combine or mix strong cleaning chemicals like chlorine and ammonia. These two ingredients can create dangerous fumes. Furthermore, you should always ventilate the bathroom when using any cleaning chemicals.

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