Shower Care: Cleaning & Maintenance

Bathrooms have to withstand a lot of moisture, especially the shower itself. As such, showers are highly susceptible to mold and mildew, as well as dirt, dust and soap scum buildup. To prevent these issues, it’s important to make time for regular cleaning and maintenance.

While no one enjoys cleaning, creating your own shower care system can make the job quicker and easier. Here are three simple steps to follow:

For Every Shower

Run the exhaust fan during and for at least 15 minutes after each shower to remove moisture. Rinse the shower after each use to remove and help prevent the buildup of gunk, grime and hair. Squeegee away excess moisture from shower walls and doors.

On a Weekly Basis

Sponge down surfaces with an appropriate cleaning solution. For example, fiberglass and tile can be cleaned with a store-bought cleaner or a homemade 1:1 vinegar and soap solution. But stone is vulnerable to acidic solutions, such as vinegar or lemon juice, and requires a dedicated cleaning solution or a mild dish soap and water mixture.

Avoid scrubbing tools that could scratch shower surfaces. Microfiber cloths and soft-bristled brushes should work well unless there’s heavy buildup. Clean after use when the surface is wet and the hot steam has pre-loosened dirt and soap.

As Needed

Shower heads can be cleaned without removal. Fill a plastic bag with distilled white vinegar, slip it over the head and fasten it with a rubber band. Let it soak overnight, then run the water to flush off the dissolved buildup.

Many shower curtains and liners can be machine washed on a gentle warm cycle and rehung to air-dry. Others will require scrubbing or routine replacement. Grout can be cleaned with a 2:1 mixture of baking soda and vinegar and should be sealed annually.

Need to caulk? Silicone caulk is best for shower applications. Take care to thoroughly clean, rinse and dry surfaces beforehand and to fully seal all gaps. Allow the caulk to dry for 24 hours prior to use.

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