When it comes to cleaning the shower, there are four basic challenges most people run into:
- Dingy grout
- Soapy film on tub and/or tiles
- Sluggish Drain
- Clogged Showerheads
Here are some fast fixes:
Eliminate Scum and Mildew
Make sure you ventilate the room by opening a door or window and turn on the fan is you have one. Then grab your favorite tub-and-tile spray cleaner. Begin by working on the shower in three vertical sections, which will cut down on the fumes and keep the spray cleaner from drying before you can wipe it. Spray the first section, including the tub if you have one, and let it set for a few minutes to penetrate. (While waiting, you can go get a large empty cup to use later.) Next, spray down the second section, letting it soak while you clean the first section. With a no-scratch scouring pad/sponge, wipe down the first area, using wide strokes so you will cover the most area in the least amount of time. Rinse the pad. Then fill your cup with water and rinse the cleaned area. When the first section is done, spray the third section to soak and follow the same procedure to clean the second section, and finally cleaning the third section.
If there are any remaining grout stains, mix together one part bleach with two parts water in another spray bottle. Spray the stains and let it soak in for a few minutes. Turn on the shower for a minute for a minute to rinse, and use the cup for any areas the shower can't reach.
Cleaning The Drain
There is nothing more aggravating than standing in a puddle because your shower drain is stopped up. And hair is usually the culprit. Try this fix: Grab a wire hanger and untwist the top. Slide one end of it inside the drain to poke down or pull out any clumps of hair stuck there. Then mix together 1/4 cup of ammonia (yes, sometimes the old fashioned cleaners are still the best) in a quart of boiling water and pour it down the drain to dissolve any soap coating the pipes.
Unclog Your Spray
It is hard to take a shower if the water from your shower head is shooting in a dozen different directions. And if your low-flow adapter has now become a no-flow, then the holes in your shower head are probably just clogged with minerals. Using that sponge we used for cleaning the tile, wipe the dry debris off the holes. That didn't fix the entire problem? The make a solution of half vinegar and half water (about a cup), and pour it in a plastic bag. Then put the plastic bag around the shower head so all the holes are in the liquid, secure it to the pipe with a twist tie, and let it soak 20 to 60 minutes. Remove the bag and wipe away any loosened deposits. Finish by running the shower on hot to flush the holes. Now, go enjoy your shower again.
One way to cut down on the amount of shower cleaning - if you have the patience - is to keep a squeegee handy and give the walls a quick wipe before leaving the shower.
Purchase a drain strainer to catch hair and other things that may clog your drains.