Television commercials for bathroom cleaners make it look so easy to have a sparkling clean shower enclosure - just spray and instantly wipe away years of ugly grime. In reality, mineral deposits, soap scum, and the fingerprints and general dirt from everyday usage just don't wipe away all that easily. If you are one of the thousands of homeowners who are less than thrilled with the appearance of their shower enclosure, here are some simple tips that - while not magic - can really help.
Develop a daily wipe down habit
Minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium accumulate in layers over time, so it makes sense to battle them in the same way. Instead of waiting until a thick layer of minerals has formed, concentrate on instituting a daily routine that will prevent further buildup.
A simple spray bottle filled with a solution of one part household vinegar to three parts water, along with a cleaning cloth, will help dissolve and wipe away minerals and soap scum deposits on shower walls, doors, and faucets.
Periodically deep clean problem areas
Shower enclosures that have been neglected for some time can require a more concentrated approach to periodically provide a deeper clean. A good way to do this is to mix borax (found in the laundry aisle at most supermarkets) and household vinegar together to make a cleaning paste.
Apply this paste in a thick layer to heavily stained areas and leave them to soak for several hours or overnight. Then scrub the treated areas thoroughly using a cleaning brush and rinse thoroughly. If the shower enclosure is heavily stained or encrusted with a heavy concentration of minerals and soap scum, repeating this process may be necessary to completely clean the surfaces.
Consider a water softening system
Switching to softened water in your home can also be helpful to homeowners who are fighting a constant battle with hard water and soap scum. This suggestion is especially appropriate for homeowners who are also having trouble with clogged appliances and pipes due to hard water deposits.
If you are tired of dealing with a scratched, stained, or just unattractive shower enclosure and want to learn more about your options to replace it, take time to visit with your local custom glass services and supply contractors like Kauffman Glass and Mirror. They can help you choose a custom glass shower enclosure that will be far easier for you to maintain while adding a sense of visual elegance to any bathroom in your home.