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Shower Cleaning Tips

Tip #1 - How to Clean a Shower Without Scrubbing

It’s a good idea to start with the mildest cleaning solution first and work your way up to stronger products, if needed. Always wear rubber gloves when using products with bleach or products that tell you to protect your hands. Work in a well-ventilated area. 

Read the label to be sure the cleaner won’t harm your tile or grout. If you can’t tell, test it first in an inconspicuous area, such as behind a toilet.

Many commercial cleaning products can help clean shower tile without scrubbing. Most are sprayed on, left to work for the time indicated on the label and sponged or rinsed off.

Tip #2 How to Clean a Shower with Vinegar

To clean a shower with vinegar, fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and warm water and spray the solution on the grout. Use old towels on the floor to absorb any runoff. Let the solution stand for a few minutes and then scrub with a stiff brush. Old toothbrushes aren't usually stiff enough to do the job.

To clean shower grout with white vinegar, mix one part vinegar to two parts water and scrub with a stiff brush. Rinse with clean water and mop or towel-dry the grout. Rinse and dry in small sections, so the dirty water doesn't settle back into the grout.

Tip #3 - How to Clean Shower Tile Grout

If white vinegar doesn’t clean the grout, step up to a paste made of baking soda and water. Apply it to the grout lines and then spray them with a solution of equal parts vinegar and warm water, as described above. The mixture will foam. When it stops, scrub with a stiff brush and rinse with clean water. 

For another way to clean shower tile grout, pour some hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Spray it on the grout or make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in a bowl. Scrub, rinse or sponge with fresh water and repeat if needed. 

Tip #4 - How to Clean Shower Tile and Grout with a Steamer Cleaner

A steam cleaner with a grout-cleaning nozzle that holds a scrub brush is an environmentally friendly way to clean grout. Scrub brushes made of nylon are generally safe for grout and tiles, but brass scrub brushes for steam cleaners may damage them. 

Before you start steam cleaning, damp mop the floor tiles or sponge clean the wall tiles with a mild detergent to remove loose dirt and anything else that might clog the cleaner. 

Some steam cleaners work only on floor tile, so be sure your model will work on wall and shower tiles. Then follow the manufacturer’s directions to clean the grout. Stop every now and then to rinse and mop or sponge up the dirty water, so it doesn’t settle back into the grout.  

Tip #5 - How to Keep Shower Tile and Grout Clean

To keep your tiles looking clean and bright, clean them two or three times a week with a product designed to remove soap scum. 

  • Squeegee the shower walls, floor and shower door to dry them. If needed, wipe them down with a towel to remove any drips or spots.

  • Run the bathroom fan for about 20 minutes or open a window to remove humidity.

  • Leave the shower door or curtain slightly open for air circulation. 

  • After cleaning the grout and letting it dry thoroughly, treat it with a tile and grout sealer every year or two to help it last longer and stay cleaner.

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