Showering is not only relaxing and a great way to jumpstart the day, it is also one of the main ways we get clean. However, while we are washing away the day, our shower is at risk of dirt and grime buildup.
Learning how to clean a textured fiberglass shower floor will help you get rid of the soap scum buildup that happens between the grooves. It will also help keep your shower looking and smelling fresh.
Learning how to clean a shower floor with texture can be a little tricky. This is because soap scum will easily become trapped inside the grooves and corners of your shower floor. To prevent a large buildup, you will need to find a way to effectively clean your shower floor.
Some of the best cleaning products you can use are not found on the cleaning aisle. Instead, most of them are located in your kitchen pantry. These safe-to-use natural cleaners are great when you are worried about inhaling fumes or want to keep your kids away from harmful products.
White vinegar is naturally high in acidity and great for cleaning up hard water spots or dealing with mineral build up. For soap scum, add a few drops of Dawn to a half and half water/vinegar solution. This go-to vinegar cleaning solution is highly effective at cleaning up almost any mess.
Scrubbing in little circles allows you to agitate the dirt in multiple directions, instead of just back and forth. Stubborn grime may need some extra elbow grease but will come up with a little scrubbing focus.
Vinegar is a fantastic all around cleaner. You can use it to remove rust from your shower head and handles. It is also great for cleaning other areas around the home including laundry and getting stains out of carpet.
Great for neutralizing odors and absorbing dirt, baking soda is a must have in your pantry and routine cleaning. To clean with baking soda on your shower floor, you can use it one of two ways.
Method One: Baking Soda & Water
The other way you can use baking soda is to mix it with vinegar.
Method Two: Baking Soda & Vinegar
These natural cleaners are great for using in your bathroom because they do not emit any harmful fumes in the small space. They are also safe to flush and rinse down the drain.
Because it isn't as harsh as bleach and other store bought chemicals, it can also be used to clean other household items such as carpets and wool rugs.
A shower pan or base refers to the bottom of a shower. Some homes have a full three-wall fiberglass cut out shower. Others have a full ceramic tile shower wall or glass shower walls with a fiberglass shower floor. This is referred to as a pan.
When it comes to cleaning a fiberglass shower pan, you can follow the same steps you would use to clean a fiberglass shower or bathtub.
Fiberglass is a strong material that will not fade or chip away like porcelain or enamel-based showers and tubs.
Sometimes, a shower pan is past the point of cleaning (which we hope isn't the case for you)! You might need to start over by replacing the shower pan. If you have to follow this path, it might be a good time to remove your shower head and handles and replace the hardware as well.
If you find yourself looking into a complete bathroom renovation, you might want to consider a few upgrades, such as a spa-like rain shower experience. For not much, you can create a wonderful experience as you bathe. Read our rain shower head reviews to help you pick one out!
While natural products are a great way to have a non-toxic clean home, some individuals prefer to clean with chemicals. There really is no right or wrong choice when it comes to cleaning your bathroom. You need to find what product and methods work best for you.
When you use chemicals, it is highly recommended you protect yourself. Wear rubber or latex gloves to keep your skin from being irritated by the cleaners. Also, make sure the bathroom is well ventilated. Most of the main cleaning chemicals can make you lightheaded or nauseous if you breathe them in too much.
The most important thing to remember when using ammonia or bleach is to make sure these two chemicals never cross paths. When combined, these two chemicals will form a deadly gas that is hazardous to anyone nearby.
Bleach is the go-to chemical when it comes to cleaning a bathroom. This is because bleach not only cleans away dirt, grime, soap scum, and other unmentionables, it also kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria.
While bleach can be a no-no on wool, on silk, and other certain fabrics and carpeting, this chemical bodes well in the bathroom where most surfaces are tough enough to be cleaned with it. When you want to know how to clean a shower base with bleach, follow these easy steps:
The detergent in this mixture works to help lift and clear the grime buildup while the chemical property of the beach works to dissolve it. This is similar to how Dawn and vinegar work together to make a super cleaner.
Many people turn to ammonia to clean instead of bleach. It is just as strong of a cleaner, while gentler on surfaces. This cleaner is also not known to discolor clothes and is better on your hard surfaces.
Ammonia is a perfect choice for cleaning up gummy and greasy buildup when cleaning a shower pan floor. You don’t need to mix the ammonia with anything.
You may never have considered oven cleaner a viable option when it comes to cleaning a shower base that’s fiberglass. But, this cleaner is perfect for dealing with built up grime.
When using oven cleaner on your fiberglass shower base, make sure you purchase the type that states “non-fume.” This particular mixture will not give off strong fumes when cleaning the area. Instead, it focuses on cleaning what it has been sprayed on.
As odd as this combination sounds, it has the effective power to clean while also restore the shine to your shower base.
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Lauren Moldvay is a freelance writer from Virginia and the mother of one (not always) sweet little girl. She specializes in trying to help others find easier ways to clean, manage the home and save money with DIY projects.