First – What are you trying to clean?
Hard water usually is chalky white deposits of calcium and magnesium on shower glass and tub rings, often in the shape of dried water droplets and drip patterns. Red or green rust stains are also part of the hard water family, as the iron that causes these stains is another chemical that is common in hard water.
Mildew and Mold a slimy on the surface with colorful stains underneath that are typically black, green, or pink and grow where moisture lingers longest in the shower, such as unsealed grout lines that absorb water.
Soap scum has a crusty waxy film that is made when the chemicals of hard water, calcium and magnesium, mix with soap. The textured nature of the scum also helps trap bacteria, body oils, dead skin cells, and more, giving it a slimier and more 3D feel than just simple hard water deposits.
Steps for cleaning your tile shower
Step 1: Pre-Scrub to Remove Soap Scum from Shower Doors and Tiles
Plastic mesh non-scratch scrubbers are great for removing soap scum from shower doors and tile in the bathroom. Use a dry scrubber to loosen soap scum build-up before you use your cleaning product.
Step 2: Soak Tile & Grout
Pre-treat the entire shower especially in areas with heavy buildup. Let it soak for five minutes to penetrate the soap scum, mold and mildew.
Step 3: Scrub It!
Now that the scum, mold & mildew is nice and loose, start scrubbing. Use a plastic all-purpose scouring pad to scrub the shower and reapply additional cleaner as needed for areas with stubborn mold and mildew.
Step 4: Rinse Off Excess Soap and Cleaning Products
Use hot, clean water to wash off the excess soap from shower doors and tiles. Letting the water run to a hotter temperature helps loosen leftover buildup.
Step 5: Dry
Drying off the door and tiles is an essential step in cleaning your shower and should be something you do regularly to slow down the growth of mold, mildew and soap scum.
When should you call a Professional?
The bathroom is a perfect place for mold & mildew growth. Using store bought cleaners may actually make it worse as it could break down the sealants allowing the mold to grow faster. Without the help of a professional company like Swift Services the mold may continue to grow and could cause damage to the interior walls of your shower. Swift offers a deep cleaning with high heat steam treatment that will get into every inch of the tiles and grout removing the mold and extending the life of your shower.
Swift Services can clean all types of tile & grout on floors and showers. We can also take care your carpet, hardwood & upholstery needs. For more information call (405) 887-9438.