We all love the idea of a spa-like zen shower. But when it comes to keeping the shower clean, most of us are too lazy to do it.
One of the reasons behind this is, most of us don’t know how to do it properly. Well, in this article, we’ll show you the easiest way of how to clean the plastic shower floor and tile grout.
Apart from that, we’ll even show you how you can prevent buildup in shower tile. If you hated cleaning showers before, you’ll love doing it after seeing how easy it is to maintain a pristine shower.
That’s enough chitchats for now. Let’s start the article and you’ll see for yourself-
How to Clean Plastic Shower Floor and Tile Grout?
Cleaning shower floor and tile grout are not that complicated. However, the process is a bit different. That’s why we made separate guides for these two.
How to Clean Plastic Shower Floor?
Cleaning your shower floor shouldn’t take much time. But if you have a lot of scum buildup, then it’ll surely take some time.
Step 1: Keep the shower running on a high temperature
The first step of the cleaning process is to keep the shower running at a high temperature for 10 minutes.
Doing this will make sure that the tile pores are open, making them easier to clean. Otherwise, you won’t get the floor properly clean no matter how hard you try. Patience is the key, remember?
Step 2: Spray a vinegar solution
Now you have to make a vinegar solution. You’ll find the ingredients right at your kitchen cabinet. Take ¼ cup of vinegar and water and mix those together.
Then, pour it into a spray bottle. Although you can try to apply it with a sponge brush. But that just makes the process a lot harder. Who wants that, right?
However, you make a baking soda too if you want. For making that, take ½ tbsp of vinegar and water and mix those together.
Check out this vinegar, or anything similar.
The only downside is you can’t spray it. You’ll apply it to the floor with a bristle brush or a sponge brush.
Moving on to the vinegar solution, this is when you start spraying the solution. Make sure you spray the solution all over your floor, leaving no tile untouched.
Although you can make a lot of solutions so that you don’t make it every time you want to clean your shower.
Here are two of my personal recommendations-
- Bristle Brush: OXO Good Grips All Purpose Scrub Brush
- Sponge Brush: OXO Good Grips Extendable Tub and Tile Scrubber
Step 3: Start scrubbing the floor
Before you start scrubbing the floor it’s essential that you wait for at least 20-30 minutes depending on how dirty the floor is. If you cleaned your shower floor no more than a week ago, then waiting 5 minutes is more than enough.
Now that the waiting period is over you can start scrubbing the floor. After scrubbing it for 15 to 20 minutes, you’ll see that your shower floor is as good as new again.
Step 4: Turn on the shower again
The cleaning part is over. Now you have to wash away all the dirt and scum buildup. To do so, turn on your shower again and it’ll do most of the job.
See how we said most? It’s because you have to give it a final touch so that the dirt goes into the drain. However, you can also use a bucket for this purpose. That’ll put those dirt right in the drain.
Step 5: Use a towel to dry the tiles
This is the final step of the process on how to clean shower floor tile! Even though this one’s an optional step you should do it so that the water doesn’t stay there for too long.
How to Clean Tile Grout?
Now it’s time to clean the grout of your tiles. As we’ve said before the process is a bit different. Let’s start-
Step 1: Make a bleach solution
First, you have to make a bleach solution by mixing 200g of bleach and 100 mL of water. This way you’ll end up with a paste that can be applied to the grout.
Quick Pick: Clorox disinfecting bleach
Step 2: Apply the bleach solution
Now you’ll have to use a sponge brush to apply the bleach solution to the grout lines. Make sure you apply the paste to every line of grout there is.
In case you use all of the paste, you’ll have to make it again. The process is fairly simple so it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes, right?
Here is a good one from Artlicious – Foam Paint Brush Value Pack.
Step 3: Start scrubbing the grout
This is when you’ll need a grout brush. Make sure you wear a pair of gloves so that it can’t cause skin irritations. Check out this grout brush, or anything similar
Step 4: Rinse with water
Rinse the tiles with water for a while. Then, use a clean cloth to dry them. That’s it, you’re done.
How to Prevent Buildup in the Shower?
Cleaning a shower might not be that hard but it sure eats up a lot of time. And a lot of us can’t afford to give that much time for this purpose. That’s why we’ve come with some preventive measures-
Apply the vinegar solution
Previously we showed you how you can make a vinegar solution by yourself. Well, you should use it 2 to 3 times every week. This will ensure that the dirt can’t grow in your shower.
However, make sure you keep it in a place where children can’t reach it. Otherwise, you might face some other problems.
Use a squeegee
You should always keep a squeegee in your shower. That way you can the shower floor every time you enter the shower.
Keep a dry towel
No, this towel’s not for you. You’ll be using it for drying the tile every time they get wet.
By doing this, you won’t ever face mold and mildew problems. Do this 5 to 6 times every time and you’ll be surprised at how fresh your shower will become.
So, that’s all we had to say about how to clean plastic shower floor and tile grout. However, we might’ve missed a few points here and here.
That’s why the comment section is always open for you. Share your experience with us!