House Cleaning Tips

Tub and Tile TLC: Keeping it Clean and Fresh

on Aug 20, 2019

Showers are without a doubt one of the toughest things to keep clean in your home. They are the workhorses of the house. Because we bathe our bodies here (and sometimes our pets too) it’s important to clean it regularly to prevent a buildup of mold and mildew. Also, cleaning your shower tub and tile on a regular basis helps makes the task easier and less time-consuming. It also allows you to use a more mild chemical which helps prevent the chemical buildup and future soap scum. You can properly clean your tub and tile by giving it the TLC it needs by following the instructions below.

keeping your tub and tile clean

Drain 

For draining cleaning and TLC, cleaning it on a weekly basis might be an overkill. Instead, put this on your monthly cleaning list. If everything is running smoothly and your drain isn’t clogged, cleaning it by pouring some lemon juice down it should do the trick.

However, if you discover that your drain is running slow and seems a bit clogged, you’ll need something more than vinegar or lemon juice to clean it. If this is your drain you’ll need a chemical solvent formulated for clogs or a snake to remove the blockage and clear out your drain.

Grout

For older showers that use real grout, making sure it gets cleaned is crucial. Grout is porous. This makes it susceptible to mold growth, mildew, and staining. So cleaning it frequently with your weekly cleaning routine is the best way to ensure a clean mold-free shower. 

The best way to do this is to create a paste-like solution using baking soda and dawn dish soap. Begin by painting the paste you’ve created onto the grout and letting it sit for up to several hours before scrubbing gently with a grout brush

Or another alternative to this is to use a bleach-based toilet bowl cleaner. Run the cleaner along the lines of the grout and let it sit for a couple of hours before using your grout brush to scrub away the stain. Then rinse with cold water. Repeat this process every couple of weeks for clean mold-free grout.


Fixtures

Many times when we go to clean the shower we completely forget about the fixtures. We tend to worry more about the surface, the grout, and all the things we can see before we worry about the faucets and shower heads. 

Unsightly limescale and other mineral deposits from groundwater are common problems for taps, faucets, shower heads, metal stability bars/handles, and other fixtures found in tubs and showers. In addition to this limescale, research shows that these fixtures can also be susceptible to pathogens that can cause lung and respiratory infections.

The good news is that this limescale is can easily be removed using a 3:1 water-to-white vinegar solution. Let the solution soak on the fixtures over night and wipe them clean in the morning.

Surfaces

For tile and tub surfaces you’ll want to focus on creating a smooth surface. A surface that’s free from soap scum. Soap scum is chemically-bonded biological residues (oils, dead skin cells, etc), cleaning-product residues, and minerals that naturally occur in groundwater

To do this, douse the entire surface of the tub and or tile with a mild all-purpose cleaner. Allow the cleaner to sit for around 10 minutes while you work on other tasks. After you’ve allowed the solution time to work its magic, follow through with a light scrub and a rinse. For more complex soap scum, you may need to use a specialized solution that has been specifically formulated to remove scum and minerals from the surface. Repeat this process each week to ensure a smooth surface.

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