Around 40% of Americans admit to cleaning their bathrooms only once a month or less. Two of the most common places to find bacteria growth in the bathroom are on shower curtains and unwashed towels. Although the bathroom is the place where most people go to get clean, the space isn’t as clean as many might believe.
To ensure you’re getting a full clean each and every tie you shower in your bathroom, you need to know how to deep clean a shower. In the guide below, we provide a few helpful tips and tricks for cleaning a shower. Continue reading below to get started!
Make Sure You Have All Your Supplies
To simplify the process, start by gathering all of your necessary supplies. You want to have everything you need all in one place. Fill a bucket with a bottle of vinegar, a container of baking soda, an extendable scrubber, a grout brush, a squeegee, and any other supplies you believe you might need.
You might also want to place a few rags or towels in your cleaning supply bucket as well to ensure you dry the entire shower before finishing the project.
Clean From Top to Bottom
Before you start cleaning, you need to remember to clean from top to bottom. This is true no matter what or where you’re cleaning. If you clean the bottom of something first and then clean something above it, you could make more work for yourself.
For example, if you start by cleaning the shower floor and then clean the showerhead, dirty water could drip onto the floor and cause you to clean it a second time. Don’t make more work for yourself. Always start with the ceiling and walls and work your way down.
Wrap the Showerhead
Once you’ve wiped down the shower ceiling, you can then wrap the showerhead. It’s not uncommon for a showerhead to become covered in hard water stains, especially if you live in an area where hard water is customary. If you’ve ever tried scrubbing a showerhead in the past, then you’ve most likely realized how difficult it can be to remove these stains.
An easy way of getting showerheads clean is to wrap them in plastic. Fill the plastic bag with a solution of one part water and one part white vinegar. Secure the bag over the showerhead using a zip tie.
For more difficult jobs, you can spray the showerhead with white vinegar first before wrapping it. Let the showerhead soak in this mixture while you clean the rest of the shower. Once it’s soaked for several minutes, take a scrub brush and clean all the residue off.
Scrub the Grout and Tile
Fill a spray bottle with one part water and one part white vinegar. Spray the entire interior of the shower with this mixture. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before scrubbing the grout and tile with a baking soda mixture.
To create the baking soda mixture, you can use 1/2 a cup of baking soda and gradually add water to it until it creates a paste. Start at the top of the shower and work your way down. Spread the past evenly.
Place the grout scrub brush into this paste and start scrubbing the grout. Use the extendable brush to get to those hard-to-reach places. The baking soda and white vinegar will mix together, creating a foam that’ll help you clean.
Once it’s done, rinse the walls clean with fresh water.
Use a Squeegee on the Door
The last thing you want to do is end up with a sore back due to all the crouching while cleaning. To avoid this, you can use your squeegee and extendable brush on the door. Spray the door with the vinegar solution and squeegee it clean.
Take a dry, clean towel and dry the door to prevent water spots. If you have a shower curtain, then you’ll want to place it in the washing machine following the care instructions.
Clean the Door Tracks
You’re not done cleaning the door just yet. You still need to clean the door tracks. Lots of soap scum and bacteria can build up inside the tracks. To clean them, start by spraying them with your water and white vinegar solution.
Then, apply some of your baking soda paste onto them. Allow the two to work their magic for a few minutes before you begin scrubbing. You can use your grout brush to scrub the tracks as well or use an old toothbrush.
When done, rinse with clean water. You’ll want to dry the tracks as well to avoid mold or mildew growth.
Finish With the Shower Floor and Drain
The last step to ensuring a spotless shower is cleaning both the shower floor and drain. You can use the same cleaning process you’ve used on the rest of the shower. Spray your white vinegar solution first and then cover the floors in your baking soda paste.
Wait a few minutes and then use the extendable brush to scrub the floors clean. You can then remove the top of the drain if possible and clean it with a drain snake. This is an inexpensive and effective way to remove hair and other clogs from the drain.
Rinse and dry when done.
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