If you use it carefully, a razor blade can be successful in getting rid of calcium deposited by hard water without scratching the travertine. Think Teflon shower. Several products are designed to wick water away from surfaces, and although they weren’t created for bathroom use, the concept still applies. If you think your shower glass could use a deeper cleaning, then combining vinegar and bicarb soda is easy and effective. For particularly hard-hit areas or if you missed a week of cleaning, you can substitute peroxide for vinegar. If you are looking to clean your glass, fixtures, shower walls or shower doors, you can try a vinegar and dish soap spray. Not only do the appliances take a beating because of it, but cleaning things like the tubs, toilets and showers can be an absolute nightmare! Cleaning soap scum is hard to do because it is composed of a variety of things including mildew, hard water, mineral deposits, soap talc and body oils.
While limescale is a common problem for pipes, boilers and kettles, it can also affect the shower glass, which comes in contact with evaporating hard water, too. It forms after soap reacts with hard water, resulting in a white or grey layer that will only get thicker if not treated. It can also get thicker the longer that it is left, creating that unpleasant bathroom ring. The white crystals can work through thicker soap scum and limescale formations thanks to being abrasive. Rubbing alcohol, a rag and some elbow grease work well for cleaning soap scum off of shower doors. Commercial products don’t work. Although some commercial products have ingredients that prevent soap scum build ups, knowing a few more tricks will definitely come in handy. Not only will it take away the white dingy glaze, but it can restore your shine. I’m going to see if I can find a pumice stone that has better angles than the one I have and use it in the corners. I used a pumice stone (the type you buy for your feet).
I wet the shower walls, and the stone. A squeegee is the best to clean glass walls after every use, just rub the wet walls and all your cleaning is done. Using a squeegee to dry your shower after cleaning it helps by removing all the water that carries the soap scum in it. Knowing some quick and easy tips also helps, especially for tackling the biggest problem – hard water stain. A lot of it dissolved, immediately, so I am sure if someone who can’t bend over used it and let it sit for a good length of time, that would help the problem. Wet paper towels with white vinegar and stick them to the shower walls then spray them with more vinegar, let them set for about half an hour. If you don’t mind the smell, the vinegar will also prove quite effective for eliminating all hard water stains.
Depending on the area you live in, the water quality could vary, but statistics show that Western and Southern parts of Australia have harder H2O. However, not everyone has the chance to do this, so a regular washing every 2-3 days (depending on showering frequency) will also prove effective. Whether you prefer a fresh lemon or grapefruit, you can rest assured that in the end, you will have a sparkling shower glass and a nice smelling bathroom, as well! All you will need is a cheap unused paintbrush, a bowl or cup, and glass cooktop cleaner! Cleaning the soap scum off the shower glass and any other places immediately is certainly the best approach. The vinegar cleaning method is fast and easy, which comes in handy when you have more to cover like entire shower glass enclosures. The method is quite simple, too. When you’ve finished cleaning and rinsing your entire enclosure, use a squeegee or a lint free cloth to wipe away the water.
We were also advised to apply a protection to the shower, which we did and after each shower, we wipe it down….it now nearly 12 months old and looks like brand new……. If we had ever drilled a core sample from the soap scum found in any one of those old bathrooms and examined its contents, I can say with utter certainty that our findings would have induced hysteric bouts of projectile vomiting. An old toothbrush can double up as an extremely useful soap scum remover when it comes to cleaning soap stains from taps, plug holes, and chrome bathroom surfaces. Having a shower glass comes with a lot of advantages. However, when it comes to rinsing, spray it with vinegar. Let the vinegar sit overnight and wipe clean in the morning. Just dip your cloth into your paste of choice, spread the paste around and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it clean.