How to Clean a Stained Shower Enclosure

A hot shower fails to invigorate when everything you can think about are the stains inside it. A build-up of mineral deposits, rust marks and soap scum lead to these unsightly shower enclosure stains, and if left unchecked, they become more challenging to eliminate. But toilet cleaner and surprisingly simple homemade stain removers produce tile and fiberglass clean and bright once more. Before you get started, don a set of heavy duty rubber gloves and open the windows up, protecting yourself from chemicals and wires.

Spray a toilet cleaner, marketed to goal soap scum and containing bleach, liberally on the ceramic or fiberglass in the bathtub enclosure. Start from the top and work your way down, spraying the ground of the fence as well. Let this sit for 10 minutes, or the period of time recommended on the packaging label.

Start in the top of the shower enclosure and scrub the ceramic or ceramic with a non-abrasive handheld scrubber. Work in a variety of directions, including circular movements, to lift the stained soap scum. Work your way down and around the fence, completing with the ground.

Take a grout brush and scrub the grout and caulk. The handheld scrubber used on the remaining part of the fence tends to skim on the grout or caulk, leaving it untouched. A tool for cleaning grout functions in between the tiles or crevices of the fence to get everything clean. If you do not have a grout brush, a melamine foam cleaning pad or older toothbrush efficiently eliminates stains as well.

Wash the bathtub enclosure with warm water. In case you’ve got a detachable shower head, use this to spray the rest cleanser down the drain; otherwise, then a big wet sponge is effective.

Inspect the bathtub enclosure for any remaining discoloration. Make a stain-removing glue with basic household ingredients consisting of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, white distilled vinegar and baking soda, or cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. With each of them, add the baking soda or cream of tartar to a dish and add only enough of the accompanying liquid to produce a thick paste.

Apply the glue to the stains and allow it to sit for around an hour, or as long as needed. Scrub the rest of the stains with the nonabrasive handheld scrubber, working the glue into the ceramic or fiberglass. Wash it off with water that is clean when you’re done.

Dry the bathtub enclosure with a squeegee or absorbent bath towels. A dry bathtub resists stains because the minerals in the water are not left to sit.

Bring white distilled vinegar till a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and dip a soft cloth in the vinegar. Scrub the glass door into the shower enclosure, when applicable, with the solution. Wash the vinegar off when you’re done.

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