How to Clean Shower Floors & Walls

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No one wants grime between their toes in the shower.

How often do you clean the floor in your shower? Has it been too long now? The truth is, this area requires a lot more attention than most of us give.

The shower floor can get grimy from all of the bacteria, soaps and shampoos it’s exposed to daily. How to clean shower floors depends on how deep of a clean it actually needs and what method you want to use.

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    Before we get started, we must discuss which cleaners and tools are effective and which can be damaging. Most shower floors are fiberglass, similar to a bathtub. This surface calls for a non-abrasive soap and tool.

    • Mild cleaner: Always opt for a non-abrasive cleaner for the shower floor. Something like Dawn Dishwashing Soap or Lysol is excellent at cutting through grease and grime.
    • Avoid ammonia: Ammonia is an alkaline and can damage fiberglass surfaces.
    • Use non-abrasive tools: Tools like a two-sided sponge, soft brush or cloth are the best options for cleaning the shower.
    • Avoid steel wool: Steel wool or scrapers will scratch and damage the finish of the shower floor.

    Cleaning the Shower Floor

    Step #1: Scrub

    Start by applying your non-abrasive cleaner to the shower floor using a sponge or cloth. Gently scrub the cleaner into the corners and around the center. Don’t forget the area around the drain — a lot of soap scum and grime will settle in this place.

    If your shower floor is textured, you may need to scrub a little more to get all the grime away.

    Step #2: Rinse and Dry

    After scrubbing the entire floor, rinse with clean water. Use the showerhead and direct the water into the corners to get all of the cleaning solution out. Once you’re done, wipe the floor using a cloth.

    How to Remove Tough Stains

    Method #1: Vinegar

    Soap scum and watermarks are often difficult to get off, and can make your shower look filthy. If you have some white vinegar in the pantry, you can easily use it to cut through the grime. Because of the acid in vinegar, it is superb at removing grease and oils.

    Pour a generous amount of vinegar over the stains and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes. Then use a sponge or brush to scrub the marks off. Rinse once you’re pleased with the results.

    Method #2: Hydrogen Peroxide

    We sometimes discover dark marks or spots on our white shower floor and wonder how in the world that happened. Luckily, there’s a way to get rid of these unappealing stains.

    You can use hydrogen peroxide, which is a mild bleach, to restore the white surface. However, it’s not a one-minute fix, so make sure no one needs the shower until the next day.

    Place a white cloth over the stain and soak it generously in hydrogen peroxide. Allow the cloth to stay on the mark overnight and then rinse off and dry with a towel (1).

    Method #3: Baking Soda

    If you’re not dealing with hard watermarks, but still see stains, making a baking soda paste could work. Baking soda effectively cuts through stains such as soap scum.

    Make a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and water. Cover the stains and allow it an hour or two to work. Scrub using a sponge or brush until the marks give in. Then rinse with water and dry the area (2).

    If you want to make an extra powerful paste, use white vinegar instead of water. Mix equal parts to create a paste and apply it to the stains. Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, then scrub and rinse.

    Method #4: Remove Mildew With Bleach

    Mildew is, unfortunately, commonly found in and around the shower due to the moist environment. Mildew and mold can cause some frustrating stains that can make your shower floor look old and dirty. It can also be a major health concern for you and your family (3).

    For this method, you’ll need chlorine bleach and a non-abrasive brush. Start by applying a small amount of bleach to the stain — be careful not to splatter as you pour. Leave it to soak for a couple of minutes and then scrub the area with a brush — rinse the floor thoroughly once you’re done.

    Stay Safe

    Chlorine bleach can have an overpowering scent, so keep the room ventilated. Wear protective gloves and old clothes in case you spill (4).
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    Method #5: Lemon Juice

    If you have recently had a leak in your shower, there might be some rust stains on the floor. This can seem like a challenge, but it’s relatively easy to get rid of.

    For rust stains, we like to use fresh lemon juice. Pour the juice directly onto the stain, using enough to cover it. Leave the acid to work its magic for a couple of hours.

    Rinse the area once the time is up and scrub using a sponge. Let the water run for a while to neutralize the acid in the juice. If you don’t have lemon juice, you can also use white vinegar.

    For extra tough stains, create a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Spread it generously over the stains and leave it for up to three hours. Scrub vigorously using a sponge to dislodge the rust.

    Maintenance Tips

    To ensure you have a clean shower ready at all times, follow these tips:

    • Rinse the floor: After a shower, rinse the floor using the showerhead. Doing this will remove soap and other grime before it gets a chance to stain.
    • Clean the shower weekly: Cleaning the shower once a week will help to prevent stains and soap residue. Regular cleaning will also reduce the need for strong cleaning products.
    • Remove stains: When you spot a stain or mildew, remove it immediately to prevent it from settling.
    • Restore the surface: If your shower floor has taken a beating and showing the results thereof, you can restore it. By using an automobile polish, you can eliminate scratches and dull spots.

    Keeping the Shower Floor Clean

    Having a clean shower to wash the day’s stress away is essential. It can be very unpleasant to shower on a grimy floor, and you’re often left feeling dirtier than before.

    Cleaning the shower floor isn’t difficult if you do it regularly. However, leaving the stains and soap scum to build up, you will need more elbow grease.

    What is your favorite cleaning method for the shower floor? Share your tips in the comment section below.

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    About the Author

    Amy Anthony

    Amy is a stay-at-home-mom, seasoned writer, and a home cleaning and organization authority. Amy enjoys having an absolutely spotless home and has worked hard to develop strategies to keep it that way, despite having 2 kids and 3 dogs! Amy loves sharing her top tips to declutter and achieve a sparkling house with minimal effort.
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