5 Steps for Cleaning Tile Showers

By: The Maids Team | October 24, 2012 5:46 pm
Category: Cleaning Tips, Tricks, and Tools

As always, The Maids loves getting feedback from our fans and followers. Recently we got the question, “What’s the best way to scrub a tile shower?” What an excellent question! There are all sorts of different cleaning products out there, but they don’t always get the job done how we would like. Here is an inside look at how The Maids gets the job done. Here’s how to clean your tile shower.

Step 1: Pre-Scrub

Dobies are great for removing soap scum from shower doors and tile in the bathroom. Use a dry dobie to loosen soap scum build-up before you use your cleaning product.

Step 2: Spray & Soak

Pre-treat the entire shower surface with your favorite tub and tile cleaner, especially on areas of heavy buildup. Let it soak for five minutes to penetrate the soap scum, mold and mildew lurking in the grout and on the shower tiles.

Step 3: Scrub

Now that gunk on your shower walls is nice and loose, use the dobie to scrub the shower until the surface is clean. Reapply more tile cleaner as needed for areas with stubborn mold and mildew.

Step 4: Rinse

Use hot, clean water to wash off the excess soap from your shower doors and tiles. Letting the water run to a hotter temperature helps loosen leftover buildup.

Step 5: Dry

You just cleaned off the water spots, so why would you allow more water spots to form? Drying off the door and tiles is an essential step in cleaning your shower and should be something you do regularly to slow down the growth of mold, mildew and soap scum.

BONUS: Step 6: Prevent Build-Up

As with most cleaning, the best way to save you time for the big clean is to cut down on grime before it even starts. Invest in a good squeegee, then wipe down your tile after every shower. You don’t want there to be water buildup on the bottom either, so after you squeegee the wall, sop up excess water with a sponge. You can also try the towel method. Keep a soft towel near your shower used purely for drying the tiles after your soak. Yes, this may take a little time in the morning before you head out to work, but having clean shower tiles that look like new after so many years feel great and can add value to your home as well.

A clean shower is a beautiful thing. But if you’d rather be outside enjoying the day instead of home scrubbing the bathroom, give yourself a break! Give The Maids a call at 1-800-THE-MAIDS. We’ll have your home shiny and bright once you’re ready to walk through the door.


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  1. Maid service dallas :

    Oct 26, 2012 9:36 am | Reply

    These are really the nice tips for cleaning the tile showers and prove useful for the seekers to maintain cleanliness.

  2. Tile Cleaning Plano :

    Feb 22, 2013 11:12 am | Reply

    Thanks to share valuable information. It is very useful for the customers to how to maintain shine and cleaning for their tiles.

  3. Charlotte Maid Service :

    Oct 29, 2014 4:04 am | Reply

    The presoak is the best way to make sure the tile gets cleaned. I always make sure to soak for at least 10 minutes before trying to get everything off. Thanks!

  4. The Maids Team( author ) :

    Oct 29, 2014 3:31 pm | Reply

    Great tip! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

  5. bob scharp :

    Jun 25, 2015 1:49 pm | Reply

    i used a Cleaner on my ceramic tile shower few years ago, i can’t remember what the name of it was . So…i would spray it on …leave it…..come back in a short time- [same afternoon usually] turn on the shower, and sprayed the walls. They were great and cleaned of all rust and mold .with no scrubbing even grout was great,/ Does this ring a bell with anyone here/ thanks much bob s

  6. bob scharp :

    Jun 25, 2015 10:00 pm | Reply

    noone answerd my question. I ask if they knew what it was that i used/ …i know i did it……..this stuff went on soaked abit, and not once did i have to scrub with anything. Thought pros such as you gals! would know what it was example;bleach and vinegar/ jus bleach/ in sprayer bottle? WHAT?? you must have come acrossed this cleaning method. bob scharp thanks

    try again please. bob

  7. The Maids Team( author ) :

    Jul 1, 2015 8:59 pm | Reply

    Hello there, Bob! Sounds like a great solution. Our fans have tried many DIY solutions and have a few favorites. Here are a few: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/3940718400941351/

    Have a great weekend, thanks for reaching out to us!

  8. bob scharp :

    Jul 5, 2015 1:47 pm | Reply

    you can’t or i can’t open the given link you sent??

  9. The Maids Team( author ) :

    Jul 8, 2015 2:51 pm | Reply

    Hi, Bob – If you’re having trouble opening the link we previously sent, try this one: http://www.maids.com/blog/homemade-green-cleaning-recipes/ Hope that helps!

  10. Companion Maids :

    Aug 24, 2015 4:54 pm | Reply

    Step 5 is key! If you don’t dry the shower the water stains come right back and the clients won’t be happy.

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