Cleaning up London

How to clean a shower

Ali

Having a clean bathroom is important to us. We want to feel clean and hygienic when we are in the bathroom. It is also important to prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria, mould or mildew. Most people know how to clean a mirror, sink or toilet. However, cleaning your shower and bath tub is a little more complicated. Read on for some top tips for how to clean a shower as part of your bathroom cleaning routine.

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Fast fixes: Cleaning your shower as quickly as 1, 2, 3

1) Invest in a specialised cleaner to get rid of mould and mildew.

There are a few important things to consider:

  • Make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging.
  • Always keep the area well ventilated.
  • Shut the door to prevent children or pets entering the bath or shower room whilst you are using the product.
  • Don’t use these types of products when you are pregnant.

2) Clean the drain.

This is especially important if you or other members of the household have long hair. The easiest and quickest way to clean drains is to follow these simple steps:

  • Untwist a wire coat hanger.
  • Slide one end into the drain.
  • Poke the hanger up and down to pull out clumps of hair.
  • Next, mix ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of salt.
  • Pour the mix down the drain.
  • Follow this with 1 cup of white vinegar.
  • Allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Flush the drain with boiling water.

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3) Clean your shower head.

A build-up of minerals found in the water that flows through your shower head can result in clogged holes. This leads to low or even no flow of water.

  • Wipe the holes with a scrubber sponge.
  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water into a plastic bag.
  • Place the bag around the shower head, making sure that it soaks in the solution.
  • Allow it to soak for around 15 minutes.
  • Remove the bag.
  • Wipe away all the loosened dirt, debris and mineral deposits.
  • Run the shower on the hottest setting. This will flush the holes to clean them.

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4) Clean the shower doors or curtains.

If you have shower curtains, make sure that you take them down to wash and air dry fully at least once a month. For glass shower doors follow this guide:

  • Spray the glass with white vinegar.
  • Allow the vinegar to sit for 2-3 minutes.
  • In the meantime, create a paste of baking soda, salt and water.
  • Use a damp sponge to rub the paste over the surface of your glass shower door.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean, plain water.
  • Don’t forget the tiles. It is important to remember to clean the tiles in your shower too! Here’s how:
    • Mix ½ cup of baking soda, 1 tsp of washing up liquid and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide.
    • Spray the mixture onto the tiles.
    • Leave it to soak for 10 minutes.
    • Wipe away with a damp sponge.
    • If you have mirrored surfaces in your shower instead of tiles, here’s how to clean a mirror:
      1. Spray the mirror with a solution made of equal parts white vinegar and water.
      2. Rub the surface with balled up newspaper for a streak free finish.

 

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Conclusion

Cleaning the shower is not so hard when you break it down into its separate components: Drain, shower head, door/curtain and tiles. You need a specialised product for mould or mildew. Otherwise, the only substances and materials you need are readily available in your house.