Many homes have shower cabins because they are comfortable and do a good job of saving space. However, after you have purchased one, you face the problem of how to wash the shower stall, and how to keep it clean. It seems like an easy task at first glance. In fact, washing a shower stall is serious business.
Special features of shower cabins
The task of cleaning a shower stall is complicated by the fact that you need to clean not only the bottom, but also the entire height of the walls. So, the surface area is bigger. According to their design, showers may differ from one other. There are boxes in which all the walls are smooth, made of plastic. There are cabins attached to the wall. Those usually have tile on the floor and two side walls.
Since it’s usually very warm and humid in the shower, mold often starts starts to grow in it. To prevent this from happening, the shower stall should be aired after bathing. While cleaning, pay special attention to the joints of ceramic tiles, corners, and nooks.
If the water in your area is very hard, then it might be a good idea to scrape it off with a rubber scraper after each shower. That way you can avoid the intense formation of limescale which, as you know, is very difficult to remove.
The shower head is the first thing to get covered in limescale, and as a result, the holes are clogged, and the water does not pass. To clean the shower head, unscrew it, disassemble and soak for a couple of hours in 3% vinegar.
Course of action
Now we turn to the question of how to clean the shower cabin from limescale. To do this, you must perform the following steps.
- Go inside and remove washcloths, shampoos, razors, etc. from the shower
- Treat all walls with a descaling agent. It can be a thick gel or some kind of liquid sprayed from a spray bottle.
- Using a sponge, distribute this product evenly over all the walls and parts of the plumbing (faucet, shower head, hose, all kinds of switches and taps) and leave it for 10-15 minutes to work well.
- Scrub the walls well and rinse them with water.
- Remove water with a rubber scraper. If you don’t have one of those, simply wipe the walls dry with a cloth.
- Glass doors and mirror surfaces can also be treated with a glass cleaner. This will make them perfectly radiant.
This should be done approximately once a week. It will keep the shower cabin clean, prevent the formation of an ugly yellow coating, and will allow you to keep the plumbing in working order longer.
How to remove mold
Now let’s learn how to clean a shower cabin from mold. Mold often starts growing in the corners of the cabin and at the joints of ceramic tiles. Getting rid of it is quite difficult. There are special solutions, but if you don’t have one, you can use a home remedy.
You need to take half a glass of vinegar for 3 liters of hot water, a quarter glass of baking soda, and half a glass of ammonia. The smell will be strong, so open the doors and windows. Moisten a sponge in the solution and wipe the walls with it, paying special attention to the joints. Make sure to wear gloves. When you’re done, wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
Do not clean the shower stall with products that can scratch it. Do not use hard metal sponges or abrasive powders. If scratches form, then bacteria will be able to settle in them faster, they will clog up with dirt, which will lead to damage to the shower cabin.
Clean chrome surfaces separately. You can use a soft fleecy cloth. If the fixtures are cheap, the coating can peel off, so take special care of it, rub it without effort, and do not use strong chemicals.
If the stall is equipped with a deep pallet, then you have to clean the pallet separately. Use chlorine-containing agents, or the same substances as for the walls. Rinse the pallet after every shower so that there are no dirty stains left on it.
For prophylactic purposes, do not forget to clean the drain in the shower once a month, because it gets clogged with hair, dirt, and skin oils.