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How to Clean a Shower – Step By Step Guide

In the following cleaning tutorial, we teach you how to clean a shower, and make the process easier.

How to Clean a Shower

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

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Shower doors accumulate discoloration from water buildup quickly, but in a few steps, you can restore this area to its prime.

Step 1: Grab a Mr.Clean Magic Eraser 

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To kickstart your shower door cleaning, dampen and then squeeze out a magic eraser.

Step 2 : Scrub along the shower door track

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Run a damp magic eraser along hard-to-reach cracks and crevices in the shower door frame. 

Pro tip:  It’s recommended you include this in your cleaning regimen once a week for the shower.

Step 3: Run magic eraser along door length

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Rinse out the magic eraser, then do the same thing in all areas around the shower door, inside and out.

Note: It’s a good idea to follow the magic eraser wiping with a dry microfiber cloth, to remove any extra water droplets or residue from the magic eraser.

Step 4 : Use a squeegee on the glass shower doors

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To maintain the door’s cleanliness, use a squeegee. 

This will go a long way toward minimizing water spots and mildew potential.

Step 5: Dry

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 Dry with an old rag or paper towels and reveal a clean surface free from water buildup stains!

How to Clean a Shower Shelf

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 Cleaning a shower shelf is pretty straight-forward and one of the easier areas of the shower to clean.

Step 1 : Assess areas to clean 

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Shower shelves are one of the least-cleaned areas of the shower. 

Dirt and grime build up on the shelf face, making it a haven for germs and bacteria and mold.

Move all items off the shelf to assess where deep cleaning is needed.

Step 2: Grab a Magic Eraser and cleaning solution

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Start by using vinegar, a magic eraser, or regular shower cleaner to scrub away the mildew and grime.

Step 3: Consider installing alternative storage

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To maintain a clean and organized shower shelf, it is recommended that you consider other options than cramming all your shower goods on top of it. 

One recommended option is to install a shower dispenser. 

Step 4 : Install shower dispenser (or alternative solutions)

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Mount the shower dispenser on the shower wall, ensuring that it is level and centered where you want it. 

This will eliminate the need for all those extra bottles and pumps on the shelf, which will facilitate the shelf’s easier accessibility for use and for cleaning.

Step 4: Organize

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Now you have an area for shampoo, conditioner, and body gel. This allows your shower shelf to be less affected by soap scrum residue, making cleaning so much easier.

How to Clean a Shower Head

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The shower head is the most likely place to get buildup within the shower faucet holes themselves, and also to have hard water spots and other hard-to-clean blemishes. 

You can spend an hour reaching and scrubbing the shower head if you want, or you can try this simple (and all natural!) shower head-cleaning trick.

Step 1 : Add vinegar to a sandwich bag

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Pour a little bit of white vinegar into a plastic sandwich bag.

Step 2 : Wrap sandwich bag around shower head

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Pull it up over the shower head so that the head itself is covered in vinegar, then secure the bag to the shower head with a wire bag tie. 

Leave the shower in the vinegar for several hours, or overnight.

Step 3: Remove bag and clean with cloth

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In the morning, remove the vinegar sandwich bag from the shower head and wipe with a microfiber cloth or some other soft cloth.

Step 4 : Use magic eraser

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Use a damp magic eraser on the shower head pipe and other areas that didn’t get touched by the vinegar-in-a-bag. 

Then run the shower water for a few seconds to clear out any leftover crud that the vinegar loosened but didn’t remove.

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A clean shower head, as simple as that.

How to Clean a Shower Floor & Walls Daily

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 Shower walls and floors are the most susceptible to grime buildup. After all, droplets of shaving cream, shampoos, and conditioners splash on here daily. A deep cleaning is needed.

Step 1 :  Use a squeegee on the shower walls daily

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Use a squeegee to dry off the walls and floor every day after showering.

Note: This is particularly important because a dark, damp shower is like the mecca of all bacteria; they’ll grow and multiply so fast in that perfect environment. So your goal is to keep things dry as much as possible, to inhibit their growth.

Step 2: Wipe walls and floors with cloth post-shower

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After using the squeegee, quickly wipe the walls and floor to remove any leftover condensation or water droplets. 

Step 3: Keep doors open post-shower

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It’s a good idea to leave the shower door open for a while after a shower to reduce the opportunity for humid conditions to fester. 

Also, if you have the option, run a high shower fan for 20-30 minutes after showering to clear the humidity.

Step 4: Deep clean with all-natural vinegar spray regularly

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To help combat moisture, spray your whole shower a couple times a week with white vinegar mixed with tea tree oil (2 oz. vinegar to 1 drop tea tree oil). 

The vinegar is a great agent to combat soap scum and slime, while the tea tree oil works against mold and mildew. 

Let the spray air dry. 

Note: You’ll want to pay attention to what’s appropriate for your shower surface (e.g., vinegar is not good for travertine or stone).

Essential tips for cleaning a shower 

Let’s take a look at  3 common shower types and focus on the best tips and cleaning practices that will provide you with a clean, fresh outcome. 

How to clean a fiberglass shower

When you’re looking to clean a fiberglass shower, you need to keep in mind that the texture of the floor tends to be different and it might require some extra scrubbing in order to get rid of grime. 

If you don’t have a special solution for that, you can use baking soda on a white vinegar-dampened shower floor and scrub after leaving it to soak for about 10 minutes.

Note: Fiberglass boat wax applied after cleaning adds a nice protective coating on the walls which tends to eliminate water spots considerably. 

Don’t use it on floors, as they will become slippery and highly dangerous.

How to clean shower grout and ceramic tiles

In order to clean ceramic tile showers, you are going to need a mixture of homemade grout cleaning solution (to make it, grab a clean sprayer bottle and combine half a cup of ammonia with half a cup of distilled white vinegar and 3 quarts of hot water) or a store-bought cleaning solution (you can find some very good ones later in this article). 

You will also need chlorine bleach, a plastic mesh scrubber or a sponge, a squeegee, an old toothbrush or a soft-bristled brush, and a good pair of rubber gloves.

How to clean a marble shower 

Natural stone or marble showers must never be cleaned with vinegar as the surface can become etchy when doing so.

The best tool to use when looking to clean a stone shower is a microfiber cloth. This means that you might have to put a little bit of elbow grease into it and wipe the surface harder.

Stone showers are different when it comes to cleaning, and it’s best if you wipe them down after every shower. This will make it easier for you to clean them once a week.

Pro Tip: It’s a good idea to seal your natural stone shower because this helps create a barrier that prevents any bacteria from getting into the stone’s natural crevices.

  • Something that a lot of people neglect to do is clean all the items that are in the shower as well such as shampoo bottles or other recipients that you might have inside the shower with you. Also make sure that you remove excess hair from the drain.
  • Ventilation is really important when cleaning your shower with chemically-based solutions because cleaning supplies are filled with ingredients and fumes that you don’t want to inhale.
  • Make sure that you wet all the shower walls and doors before you proceed with the rest of the cleaning steps.
  • Removing mildew should always be done before moving on to cleaning grout. In order to remove mildew from grout, you have to create a mixture of two parts water and one part chlorine bleach, apply it on the dirty surface with the help of a sponge, leave it for 10 minutes, scrub, and rinse. Alternatively, you can also use store-bought products for this process.
  • Regardless of whether you are using your own homemade cleaning solution or opted for a commercial cleaners, you will have to give the product time to act. That means about 10 to 15 minutes of leaving the product on the surface before scrubbing and rinsing, as this allows the product to soil stains of different kinds and reduce the effort needed to scrub even further.
  • Even if you’ve rinsed the surfaces in the shower multiple times during this cleaning process, you will have to do an overall rinse as well. With the help of a special sponge, a good brush, or a mesh scrubber, make sure that you clean all the sections of the shower’s walls and doors. The rinsing process is always done from top to bottom.
  • Make sure that you avoid using brushes with hard bristles or metal scrubbers, as these can damage the tiles.
  • You can use a squeegee or a bunch of old towels to remove excess water from the shower. This step is not mandatory, but it’s something you want to do if you want to avoid nasty water spots.

Removing Tough Shower Stains

Product-based stains 

If you have cans of products in the shower (such as shaving creams or deodorant cans), there are chances of you noticing rust rings at some point. 

These stains won’t go away with just any cleaner. For fresh stains, You can make a paste by combining baking soda and lemon juice.  However, this will only work on fresh stains. For old stainsone s, you will need to purchase a cleaner that has oxalic acid listed amongst the ingredients. 

Note: Avoid using chlorine bleach on a rust stain because it might set the rust completely onto the surface.

Residue stains 

Adhesive residue in the shower is usually a sign of some removed sticker or goo left by whatever accessory.

These are best removed by using olive oil. Leave the olive oil to soak onto the surface for about 15 minutes and then use a plastic scraper to remove the adhesive residue off the surface.

Note:  If you notice any residue left afterwards, you can dip a cotton ball in some rubbing alcohol to clean it up.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

How to clean a shower drain?

There are many ways to clean a shower drain. First, you can try to remove the clog manually by putting on rubber gloves and using a plastic hanger. This method is best for surface-level clogs, like hair-prone clogs. The other method you can use, for a clog that’s deeper, is using a drain snake followed by a pot of boiling water. Together, these should clear your drain pipe out.

How to clean shower grout?

Tile grout can get dirty over time, making things unsightly. To clean shower grout, you’ll want to use a gentle soap-and-warm-water solution. Mix the two together in a spray bottle and spray onto the grout. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a magic eraser to wipe off the solution to reveal clean shower grout lines.

How to clean mold in shower?

Mold in the shower needs to be cleaned immediately and effectively. To clean shower mold, you’ll need to combine 1 part bleach with 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Then, spray this solution onto the mold, and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. After, wipe clean with paper towels, and repeat if need be.

How to clean shower curtain?

If you have a cloth shower curtain, cleaning it is easy. Simply take the curtain to your washing machine, follow the instructions, and allow it to cycle. Once done, hang dry.

How to clean shower tiles?

Wondering how to clean shower tiles? It’s important to note that each tile type requires different care.
Ceramic and marble shower tiles are sensitive and you should use a gentle, non-acidic soap and water mix to clean them.
Porcelain and glass tiles are more durable than other tile materials, you can use a vinegar based solution, or a store bought solution to clean them.

How can I clean a disgusting shower?

To clean a disgusting shower, you’ll want to deep clean every area. Start by working on the ourside, in. This means, clean the glass shower doors and shower door tracks first. A magic eraser works well for these areas. Next, use a squeegee and clean the glass shower doors inside and out. Finally, move inside and clean the shower walls as well as floors, and don’t neglect shower shelf cleaning.

How do you properly clean a shower?

To properly a clean a shower, you’ll want to clean it after every use. Some supplies that you’ll need are: a spray bottle prepped with a cleaning solution (natural or store bought), a microfiber cloth, and a squeegee.

What is the easiest way to clean a shower?

The easiest way to clean a shower is to keep up with daily maintenance. In doing so, you won’t have to worry about dirt and grime building up. This makes things much easier each time you clean.

What is the best cleaner to clean a shower?

The best cleaner to clean a shower is a magic eraser and either a bleach/water solution or a vinegar/water solution.

How do professional cleaners clean showers?

Professional shower cleaners will use a variety of cleaning products and tools; from magic erasers to plastic scrapers. Unlike home equipment, they have access to top-of-the-line industrial cleaning supplies.

Conclusion

It’s really important to thoroughly clean your bathroom once a week. 

Even if it may seem like a huge effort at times, there are plenty of powerful cleaning products and tools that can facilitate the process by soaking stains up to a point where you just have to gently scrub and rinse after. 

Regardless of whether you like commercial solutions or you fancy creating your own homemade mixtures for cleaning the shower, this is a process that should become part of your weekly home-cleaning routine.

We hope this guide has served you well and will kickstart your clean shower journey!