Cleaning shower floors may not be your favorite task, but it doesn't have to be the most difficult either.
Cleaning Shower Floor Made Simple
Shower stalls are wonderful for showering in, but a pain to keep clean. Bathtub showers tend to be easier to clean, only because you can fill with water and scrub down the sides as you would when cleaning your bathtub typically. You can also soak the "floor" or bathtub bottom as needed with ease. A shower stall doesn't allow for standing water. The square shape can make getting the corners clean difficult as well.
As with all major cleaning chores in your home, regular, daily maintenance can help you avoid the hard, deeper cleaning. For examples, you can reduce mold and mildew on shower walls and floor by wiping down the shower after each wash. You can add a disinfectant spray if you have trouble with the regular mildewing. You can also:
- Open the shower doors to allow better air circulation
- Use a mixture of white vinegar weekly to reduce hard water deposits
- Mix fabric softener with warm water to loosen tough scum stuck to the floor of the shower
- Use a scotch pad sponge with a mixture of vinegar, baking soda and hot water to scrub stubborn stains and shower dirt
When working on cleaning the close confines of your shower, you should keep the area well ventilated, including bringing in a fan as needed. If you add ammonia to your cleaning regimen, use rubber gloves to protect the skin on your hands.
Some shower floors are textured, this can make cleaning them a real chore. If the soap scum is stubborn and hard to remove, consider a mixture of four parts mineral oil to one part warm water. Coat the floor liberally, using the sponge to begin scrubbing in gentle circular motions. The mineral oil will loosen the scum and make it easier to remove. Once you've scrubbed thoroughly, use a combination of white vinegar and warm water to complete cleaning shower floor. Rinse again with warm water to avoid slippage on any traces of mineral oil.
Best Time to Clean Your Shower Floors
Cleaning shower floors is best after you've just used the shower. The hot steamy air and water will loosen up the dirt and scum in the shower. You can clean the area around door tracks with a Scotch pad sponge or toothbrush to get into the crevices. If you notice any missing grout around the edges of the shower floor, be sure to add caulk immediately to prevent long term damage.
You should deep clean your shower monthly if you have trouble maintaining the daily regimen of wiping down and airing out. Showers can be breeding grounds for foot infections, mold and other fungus. By keeping the floors cleaned, you can protect your feet from possible infection.
Additional Shower Cleaning Tips
When working on cleaning your shower stall, always start at the top and work your way down. A combination of warm water and vinegar can loosen hard water deposits around the showerhead. You can use a toothpick to break loose any deposits blocking spigots. A toothbrush can help clean around multiple spouts.
Once the showerhead is clean, move on to the walls and doors and clean the floor last.
Be sure to rinse your shower thoroughly with warm, clean water when you are done cleaning to remove all traces of cleaning agents. After you shower, wipe down the damp walls and floor and leave the door open to let air circulate and discourage the growth of mold.