Shower glass and tiles can be a challenge to clean, because they are susceptible to soap scum and hard water stains, as well as mold and mildew. They can also be physically awkward to clean and scrub, requiring bending and reaching in uncomfortable ways. It's no wonder that people want to minimize time spent on this unpleasant chore.
However, there are some simple, environment-friendly ways to clean shower glass and tiles, and keep them clean. You can have a sparkling bathroom without excessive scrubbing, and without unpleasant odors. Here are some tips to get and keep your shower glass and tiles clean.
The Best Way to Deep Clean Shower Glass and Tiles
Vinegar is a powerful tool for cleaning shower glass and tiles, and it's inexpensive and organic as well. The acids in vinegar naturally break down mineral deposits that leave spots and scum on shower glass, and vinegar also kills mold, mildew, and bacteria. However, before you begin, it's important to differentiate between stone or marble tiles and ceramic tiles in your shower.
If you have natural, porous materials in your shower area, it's important to follow the manufacturer's recommended cleaning products and methods. Vinegar is an excellent cleaner of glass, ceramic, metal, and other surfaces, but it may damage some delicate porous materials.
If your shower glass and tiles have been a bit neglected, and need a deep cleaning, you can use simple baking soda and vinegar to restore a shine and sparkle to your shower. To perform a deep cleaning, you will need:
A tub or container
A spray bottle
A toothbrush or narrow scrub brush
A soft sponge or microfiber cloth
Lemon juice (optional: lemon juice can have a bleaching and whitening effect, which can help to brighten grout when used in cleaning)
In order to perform a deep cleaning on shower glass and tiles, follow these steps:
If you have severe staining or build up in the shower, you may want to start by running hot water in the shower for a few minutes. Hot, steamy air can loosen up dirt and stains and allow cleaning products to penetrate more deeply.
If your tile grout is stained or discolored, it should be treated first, because it is more difficult to clean, and more efficient to clean the grout before the tile.
To deep clean grout:
Make a thick paste out of baking soda and vinegar or baking soda and lemon juice. The mixture will foam when you first add the vinegar or lemon juice, so pour it slowly and wait for foam to subside.
Using a toothbrush or scrub brush, apply the paste to your bathroom tile grout.
You may also apply the paste to any shower glass or tile that heavily soiled or stained.
Leave the mixture to sit and soak for 15 minutes
To finish cleaning your grout and the whole shower at the same time:
Fill a spray bottle with ½ vinegar and ½ distilled water
With the paste still in the grout, spray the diluted vinegar over all your shower glass and tile
Allow the diluted vinegar to soak for another 15 minutes
Use the toothbrush to scrub the paste from the grout
Use a damp sponge to rinse the shower glass and tile clean
Use a microfiber cloth to polish chrome and metal fixtures to restore shine
Don't Forget the Drain
Sprinkling baking soda down the shower drain and then adding vinegar allows the mixture to foam up inside your shower drain. This can help clean the drain, reducing buildup and potential blockage, and fight unpleasant odors that may be lurking in the drain.
Preserving Your Glass and Tiles
Follow these tips to keep your shower glass and tile looking great and reducing the frequency of deep cleaning:
Use your spray bottle of diluted vinegar to spray down your shower glass and tile after using the shower, and then use a squeegee or microfiber cloth to wipe the surfaces clean. Gently cleaning and drying every day preserves the good looks of your shower glass and tile, and reduces scrubbing or effort during deeper cleaning jobs.
Dry completely between showers
One of the best ways to keep your shower glass and tiles cleaner looking, and reduce the frequency of deep cleaning, is to allow your shower area to dry completely between uses. A damp, humid environment is ideal for generating hard-to-remove mold and mildew, and can help create unpleasant odors. Use ventilation like a window or a fan, or even use a dehumidifier, to remove moisture from the air and allow the bathroom to dry out.
Consider a water softener
If you have hard water, it makes all your shower tasks more difficult. Hard water leaves mineral deposits and droplets, creates more soap scum, and can make a bathroom look dull. Hard water in your shower also makes it harder to get your hair and body clean, and is harsh on the skin. However, you can get water softening filters especially designed for showers, either built into a shower head or as a separate attachment.
The best way to clean shower glass and tiles is with the natural, cleansing power of vinegar and baking soda. These powerful, natural cleaning agents can handle even tough shower buildup, and adding lemon juice can also whiten and lighten dull, dingy grout. The natural chemical reaction between the acids in vinegar or lemon juice and baking soda creates a cleaning foam that reduces scrubbing and preserves the beauty of your shower glass and tile.
The best shower glass and tile cleaners are probably in your kitchen right now, and can easily be used to get your shower clean, and keep it clean every day.