Showers are a daily habit for most of us, meaning that the shower in our bathroom gets a lot of use. When you add in the fact that, a lot of the time, the shower gets used by multiple family members each day, its not hard to see why your shower floor might show signs of wear as the years go by.
We've put together a guide for how to repair your shower floor. Often, your repairs will be simple and painless.
Once in awhile, it might be time to move on and replace it. We'll walk through each of the steps.
While fiberglass showers and bases are a more affordable and highly durable option, sometimes cracks and holes occur. Unlike shower heads that need replacing when in need of repair, you can often fix the area instead of having to purchase a brand-new shower.
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This fix can be relatively easy. It may just take extra steps depending on how much damage there is. Consult your local home store and speak with a DIY specialist to figure out what type of epoxy kit you will need when you are fixing a shower floor. Make sure all of your sinks, faucets, and even your fancy rain shower heads are turned off and arenn't leaking before you begin the process.
When it comes to repairing a shower pan, follow the steps on your epoxy kit. This general overview of the steps required will give you an idea of what this not-so-difficult DIY project entails.
These steps are best for minor cracks. If you are dealing with a good-sized hole or a structural weakness in your shower floor, it will take a few more steps. Instead of pulling out the full shower flooring to replace it, take a drill and create eight small holes around the weakened area.
Inside those holes inject a two-component foam. This foam will create a new and stronger base for your shower floor without you having to rip it up and rebuild a support system.
Then, follow the above steps to cover and fill the crack with the epoxy resin putty and sand it down once it fully dries. This has practically the same methods you would go for when grouting tile for your bathroom and home.
When it comes to repairing a shower base, it can take about a day’s worth of work. Much of the time will be spent waiting for the materials to dry between applications.
You can also do this job from anywhere between $25 - $250 dollars depending on the severity of the damage.
Now that you know how to clean a textured fiberglass shower floor, the next step is to maintain it from getting scum buildup. Learning more about how to soften water in the shower can help you prevent any mineral or rust buildup.
Put into action these easy tips when you want to keep your shower clean from daily buildup.
If you have a shower floor made of tile, then you'll need to go through different steps to maintain it. The biggest risk with this kind of floor is the grout wearing away over time.
Make sure to occasionally use one of the best tile floor steam cleaners to work the dirt and grime out of your grout. These types of cleaners are specifically designed to work with tile and grout, and will you maintain your shower floor over time. Otherwise, using a tile and grout mop on a daily to weekly basis is a lighter alternative that can be used for regular maintenance.
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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.