What’s the one place that gets dirtier the cleaner you get? That’s right, your shower! Although we come out of the shower squeaky clean, the shower itself is left with all the dirt and grime from the day. Over time this muck begins to build and before you know it, you’re stepping into a germ-infested space for your showers. If you’re ready to return the favor to your shower by getting it clean, Maid Perfect has got you covered. Follow these steps to make your shower shine again!

This is painted hardware so it is easy to damage if you use an abrasive cleaning material. To clean, use the soft side of the sponge and only soap and water. Just wipe dry when finished! Since it is painted, no polishing is needed. Photo credit: Drew Freemantle

First things first: you need a plan of attack. This grime has become quite comfortable lining the base of the shower and the grout of the shower walls, so you want to make sure you have the right equipment to take it out. To clean your shower right, you’ll need the following:

  • Blue scrub sponge
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tile brush
  • Squeegee

Before buying cleaning solutions, you’ll need to know what type of shower surface you are cleaning. Using the wrong chemicals or tools can damage the material, so take some time to figure out what you are working with. This will prevent unwanted scrapes and fading as a result of the cleaning products. Here are some tips to follow based on the common types of showers.

  • Tile: A PH neutral cleaner works best for this. You can also use Scrubbing Bubbles. Just avoid any bleach as this can be damaging to the tile.
  • Fiberglass: You can use a multitude of cleaners and light abrasives on this one. Bar Keepers Friend and Scrubbing Bubbles are good go-tos.
  • Stone: For natural stone you will want to use a PH neutral cleaner or a dedicated stone cleaner.

Additionally, there are different types of hardware in every shower. Regardless of the material, the best way to clean the hardware is with Dawn dish soap and water with a sponge. As you clean, always use the soft side of the sponge to prevent any scratches. You’ll also want to steer clear of any abrasives, like Bar Keepers Friend, as these can ruin the material. The most common types of hardware are listed below.

  • Brushed nickel
  • Chrome
  • Stainless steel
Stainless steel is popular in many showers. It is important not to use any abrasive materials or cleaner on this hardware. Clean with soap and water. Once it is dry, you can polish it with Zep stainless steel cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Photo credit: Drew Freemantle

Now that you know you have the right cleaning products, it’s time to get your hands dirty getting that shower clean!

Step 1. Get the shower wet. Most of your cleaning products won’t work as well if they aren’t activated by water.

Step 2. Spray down the shower with your cleaning solution. Make sure to get all the little nooks and crannies too as these spots are popular for that pesky gunk! Key areas that often get missed are:

  • Soap dishes
  • Corners and edges
  • Around the drain: You might run into a hairy situation here… literally! If you have hair collecting in the drain, you can easily pick it up using a dry paper towel.
  • Tracks: You’ve probably been wondering what the pipe cleaners are for. These nifty little tools are great at collecting grime in tight, hard-to-reach areas like this.
  • Sides of the shower base

Step 3. Scrub one wall at a time starting from the top and work your way down. This way, you won’t miss anything!

Step 4. Use the tile brush to scrub the grout. These grooves between the tile are hot spots for gunk to collect, so make sure you get all of them!

Step 5. Scrub the shower base. Don’t forget the sides!

Chrome is a common alternative for stainless steel. Abrasives should not be used on this, so make sure to use the soft side of the sponge with soap and water. Wipe it dry and polish with Spray Away glass cleaner. Photo credit: Drew Freemantle

Step 6. Have glass in your shower? Let’s get that cleaned up too! Here are some tips for making that glass sparkle.

  • Gently scrub the glass with your blue scrub pad to remove spots of build-up.
  • Use the squeegee to remove any excess water. Keep the squeegee somewhere accessible so you can use it after each shower. Using the squeegee each time will prevent hardwater damage.

Step 7. Now that everything has been scrubbed it’s time to rinse it off. Rinse the shower with the showerhead sprayer if you have one. If you don’t, you can use a large pitcher to rinse off everything and wash away those germs for good!

Step 8. Admire a job well-done. Depending on how hard you scrubbed, you may need to clean yourself off now!

Cleaning is a lot of work, so if you have other areas in your home that need some TLC, Maid Perfect is here to help. They can give your house the full, five-star, deep-clean treatment it deserves. Contact them today to learn more!


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