How to Clean Your Shower: Secrets of a Professional Cleaner

How to Clean Your Shower Secrets of a Professional CleanerThe biggest secret to cleaning your shower is to avoid “cleaning” it altogether—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as they say!

Pro Secret #1: Steam from your shower actually loosens all that dried on, built up scum and makes it easier to clean. By keeping a squeegee next to your shower and giving the walls (and doors) a once over after each one, you’ll prevent build up from ever forming. And while a squeegee works best, even rubbing it down with a towel will do the trick!

But if you’ve been skipping this task for a while, we’ve got a few secrets to help you get this done as fast and painlessly as possible.

Gather Your Supplies Beforehand

This will help you cut down on how much time you spend cleaning, since you won’t have to search for anything mid-way through.

  • A bath and tile cleaner that’s appropriate for the kind of tiles you have
  • A double sided sponge
  • A few microfiber cloths
  • A spray bottle filled with full strength white vinegar
  • A bucket or removable showerhead
  • A squeegee

Follow These Steps

  1. Remove all people-cleaning products from the shower.
    1. Pro Secret #2: If you use a loofa, put it in the sink with a cup of hydrogen peroxide and let it soak while you clean. Put bottles in a caddy or on the counter where they’ll be out of the way.
  2. Take down the shower curtain or flip it over the tension rod.
    1. Pro Secret #3: We call this dwell time. The longer you let the product sit, the less scrubbing you’ll have to do. But the surface needs to be wet for it to work well, so be generous with how much product you use and be patient!
    2. Pro Secret #4: If you have glass shower doors, spray them with the full-strength vinegar instead of your cleaner. It works wonders on that built-up grime.
    3. Pro Secret #5: If you have natural stone tiles, DO NOT use vinegar or regular bathroom cleaners because this will damage the tile. Find products appropriate for your stone and if it’s really nasty in there, consider investing in a steam cleaner.
  3. Starting at the top of your shower, use the scrubby side of your sponge to wipe away soap scum and cleaner. Follow an “S” pattern to make sure you don’t miss any spots. Continue going across, down and back until you get to the bottom of the wall. Then move onto the next wall following the same process. Do this until all walls have been wiped down. DO NOT RINSE YET.
    1. Pro Secret #6: Righties should work clockwise. Lefties should work counterclockwise. Both should follow the “S” shaped pattern. Across, down and back. Down, across, down and back.
    2. Pro Secret #7: For very long shower walls, break the wall into sections and follow the “S” pattern for each one
    3. Pro Secret #8: Sprinkle baking soda on your sponge for extra scrubbing power if you don’t have glass walls or tiles.
    4. Pro Secret #9: Resist the temptation to scrub in circles. It wastes time and takes longer to clean. That’s what the “S” pattern is for!
  4. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for your tub. Spray generously, dwell patiently, scrub in an “S.”
    1. Pro Secret #10: If your tub is acrylic, use the soft side of your sponge only. The scrubby side can actually ruin the finish and you don’t want that!
  5. When you’re finished scrubbing the walls and the tub, turn on your shower as hot as it will go and rise everything down.
    1. Pro Secret #11: Removable shower heads are especially handy for rinsing. If you’re lucky enough to have one, follow the same clockwise / counterclockwise, top-to-bottom “S” pattern you used while cleaning. If you don’t have one, just run the faucet and use your bucket or even and old milk gallon to rinse.
  6. Use the squeegee to remove the rinse water completely.
  7. Buff with your microfiber cloth.
  8. Repeat steps 6 through 8 on the tub.
    1. Pro Secret #: For a really professional clean, shine your chrome fixtures by spraying a tiny bit of glass cleaner on your microfiber cloth and polishing.

Bonus Pro Secrets!

We just can’t help ourselves. Mama always did say sharing was caring!

Pro Secret #12: To make sure you didn’t miss any scum, look at the surfaces in your shower from an angle. If you see greyish lines or any areas that don’t sparkle, it means you missed a bit. Running your finger across the surface will also work; if you encounter resistance or tension, you missed a spot.
Pro Secret #13:  While the squeegee method we mentioned at the beginning of this article definitely works best, you can even keep a 50/50 water and vinegar solution in the bathroom and give the walls a quick squirt after each shower. This will also prevent scum from drying on your walls.

Our Final Pro Secret, #14

You don’t actually have to clean the shower, or anything else in your house, if you hire an actual professional to come do it for you.

1st Class cleaning as been cleaning homes and apartments across NYC for decades and would love to take care of your cleaning chores too! You can hire us for a one-time clean to get you back on track or forget about cleaning altogether with our recurring services! We offer flexible scheduling including nights and weekends and some of the most competitive pricing in the area. Contact us today to learn more!

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