Shower screens can be the dirtiest thing in your home. They are exposed to constant moisture and humidity, dowsed in oily bath soaps, and showered with potentially hard water, making them very hard to keep clean. Which is ironic, because the shower is the place you go to clean off dirt and grime, but in fact your shower screen or glass shower door may be exposing you to even more.
There are some simple things that you can do to help eliminate soap scum and mineral build up though.
- Take a minute– After your daily shower take a minute to wipe down the entire shower. This will help by eliminating the residual water that often leads to mineral build up. You may be thinking you don’t have time, but it will only take a minute and it may save you hours of scrubbing later.
- Pull the screen shut– After you get out of the shower make sure to pull the shower screen shut. If it is left bunched up at the end of the tub water will not be able to drain out of the folds. This is a major issue as it can lead to mold and mildew growth.
- Use a squeegee – Take a few minutes after you exit the shower to use a squeegee to wipe down the walls and glass shower door. This will remove both water and soap residue, effectively eliminating soap scum and mineral build up.
- Good air Circulation – Make sure that you don’t keep your bathroom door shut, and leave a window open if there is one. Stagnant air makes a great environment for the mold and mildew that is commonly present on shower screens. In addition having air flow will help to dry out the screen faster preventing mineral buildup.
- Monthly washing –Make sure that you remove your shower screen at least once a month, run the shower screen through the wash with a gentle soap and hot water. This will help to eliminate bacteria and mold/mildew spores on the screen. Make sure that you read the care instructions to make sure it is machine safe. If it is not wash it by hand using warm water and a gentle soap.
- Use a naturally acidic cleaner – Soap scum can be eliminated from a glass shower door by using an acidic cleaner. It is important not to use harsh chemicals as they leave residue and fumes behind. There is a solution though, a natural acid such as vinegar or lemon/lime juice can be diluted with water and used to remove soap scum.
These are just a few tips to keep your shower screen or glass door clean. There are hundreds of neat little tips out there to help make keeping them clean easier. Do some research, another good tip is to ask a friend, if their shower screen is always sparkling clean, ask them how they do it. Some of the best home keeping secrets are passed on from generation to generation from friends and family.