3 Tips To Keep Your Shower Sparkling Clean
A shower is something you use every day but not something you can clean every day so we put together a practical guide to keeping your shower sparkling clean - all the time!
As an essential feature in any en-suite bathroom, a shower gets used every day. If it's not used in the morning before you head off to work, it gets used in the evening to clean and relax you before climbing into bed. A daily routine that will only take a minute or two will keep your shower looking sparkling clean no matter how often you use it. Plus, you will know that it is germ-free and not likely to house any nasty bacteria or mould spores. So do yourself a favour and follow these helpful tips to keep your shower clean and hygienic.
1. Keep Shower Doors Clean
A simple routine to keep shower glass clean is to wipe down the glass panels after using the shower. There couldn't be a better time to do this as the warm water helps to loosen and remove hard water stains and prevent soap scum from building up in the corners and in-between the tiles in the grout.
All you need to use when wiping down the shower after use is a kitchen cleaning sponge with a soft scouring pad. Take a minute or two to wipe down walls and glass panels to keep your shower clean after every use. If you keep up with cleaning on a regular basis you will only need a deep clean once a week or twice a month. Try this remedy if you find it difficult to remove hard water stains.
2. Prevent Mould and Mildew in the Shower
Mould is a bathroom's worst enemy and also yours. No one wants a mould outbreak in their bathroom. Not only does it look nasty - it's also toxic and bad for anyone who suffers from asthma or chest ailments. Mould can occur at any time where there is warmth and moisture and you want to ensure a lack of this to keep mould or mildew away from the bathroom.
A squeegee or chamois cloth are your friends for keeping a bathroom clean and dry
The first step is to wipe down the shower with an absorbent cloth so remove as much moisture as possible. This is especially important if the bathroom lacks proper ventilation or air flow throughout the room. The build-up of condensation after a hot shower can be blamed for most mould outbreaks, so wiping down after use will prevent an occurrence of mould.
I like to keep a spray bottle filled with 50% water and 50% white spirit vinegar as a weekly spray to keep mould at bay in the shower. After a morning shower, wipe down to dry out the area and then mist with the vinegar spray - working from the top down and making sure to get into any nooks, crannies and corners where mould tends to start. Leave on for about 30 minutes before rinsing with clean water. The vinegar gets deep into grout and prevents the occurrence of mould. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with black mould.
Use an old toothbrush to rub down grout lines and get into corners around the base of the shower cubicle
3. Let Air Flow Through
Lack of air circulation in a bathroom is one of the main causes of mould and mildew. If a bathroom stays slightly damp it is the perfect environment for mould and mildew. The best way to compensate for this is to keep windows open as much as possible and keep the bathroom door open. This will allow some air to flow through the room and help keep damp down. An even better solution is to install and extractor fan or de-humidifier. An extractor fan will keep the air flowing through the room while the de-humidifier will remove excess moisture.