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! Given that most of us shower daily, it’s a part of the house that should give us a fresh feeling every morning.
Cleaning those stubborn shower tiles can be cumbersome, but not if you use the right methods and tools. There are all sorts of different cleaning products out there, but they don’t always get the job done. Here’s how to best clean your tile shower:
Step 1: Remove Soap Scum
The hardest part of cleaning the shower is getting rid of the soap scum. If you don’t scrub the tiles regularly, you could be looking at more than a little elbow grease. Luckily, dobie cleaning pads are great for removing soap scum from shower doors and tile in the bathroom. Use a dry dobie to remove soap scum buildup before using your cleaning products.
Step 2: Spray and Soak with Your Favorite Cleaner
Pre-treat the entire shower surface with your favorite tub and tile cleaner, especially on areas of heavy buildup. If you want to go the eco-safe route, grab some baking soda and vinegar instead of cleaning spray. Create a thick paste of baking soda and water and leave on hard stains like soap scum, mold and mildew lurking in the grout and on the shower tiles. Once you’ve covered all areas, spray with a 1:1 vinegar-water mix. The vinegar will cause the baking soda paste to bubble and eat through the scum.
Step 3: Scrub the Gunk
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. You might also want to try adding hydrogen peroxide to stubborn buildup. Spray some directly onto the scrum, let sit for a few minutes, then wash off. If this doesn’t work, make a paste with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, smother the gunk with the mixture and spray with the vinegar-water mix.
Step 4: Rinse the Tiles
Use hot, clean water to wash off the excess soap from your shower doors and tiles. Why warm water? Letting the water run to a hotter temperature helps loosen leftover buildup.
Step 5: Dry Tiles Completely
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. Additionally, drying off the tiles post-shower every morning will slow down the growth of mold, mildew and soap scum in the first place.
BONUS: Prevent Buildup
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 of the tub 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.