Maintaining your fibreglass clean for the rest of its lifespan is one of the biggest challenges. However, several commercial cleaners are promising to keep your fibreglass shower enclosures clean.
Indeed some products do an excellent job if appropriately used; however, others won’t work even when used daily or weekly. The fibreglass finishes remain dull, and some products are harsh to the surface. For that reason, this article has prepared some tips that can lighten the burden of keeping your shower clean.
Identify the Materials Used
Usually, showers and bathtubs are white and shiny, although made from different materials. The most popular materials are acrylic, porcelain, slab, enamel, ceramic tile, and porcelain, among others. Some of these materials look alike and may be difficult to distinguish them.
On the other hand, some materials have unique features, thus easy to differentiate; for instance, the acrylic is a material that can stretch just like plastic. Fibreglass resembles glass and different from natural stone, which doesn’t shine no matter the amount of polishing. Porcelain is chunkier and heavy due to its cast-iron base.
The description shows that different materials have varied features, and that is why they react differently when exposed to detergents. For that reason, get to know the material that was used to make your shower and avoid harsh chemicals.
Confirm the Stain
Fibreglass used in tubs and shower derives its name from its glass base. It’s the same material used in cars and the bathroom. The material can accumulate rust, mould, and stains from shower gel or acidic beauty soaps.
Soaps have a greasy oil base, and that is the reason why soap scum from spills and puddles when they accumulate on a surface.
Heat the Shower
Since most stains are caused by the grimy residue of body cleaning products, sebum, and organic dust, heating the bathroom will soften the greasy dirt. Therefore, make it your habit to scrub the shower when it’s steamy or immediately after you take a shower.
Alternatively, you can allow hot water to run for five minutes and close the door to allow the steam to build and make the stains soft. Then clean it with either homemade or commercial detergents.
Avoid Rough Brushes, Pads, and Bleaches
Brown marks and sticky stains are some of the annoying things you never want to see in your shower. For that reason, you want to remove them immediately using harsh scrubbers, rough brushes, or steel wool.
The idea of using such abrasive brushes is bad because surfaces like fibreglass are delicate. So keep the robust cleaning tools away from such surfaces.
Bleaches can ruin the surfaces of your shower the same way they do to your hands and skin. Some are irritating to the eyes and nose.
For instance, Ammonia is used in removing some watermarks, but inhaling a lot of this chemical can affect your health. Therefore, ensure that the room is well ventilated when using bleaches with Ammonia. The chemical is suitable for cleaning parts of the shower made of fibreglass.
Never Mix Cleaning Products
Do you make your cleaning products at home? Most of the people that make these products mix different fermented fruit rinds, essential oils, and corn starch. The outcome of this combination is a cleaning product that is useful in removing stains from your shower.
However, you should never try that with commercial products. Their ingredients may react badly, and the outcome may be not only toxic but explosive.
Commercial cleaners are effective in cleaning the sliding glass door track. Apply the detergents on the surface or use an old toothbrush to reach hidden spaces. Give the cleaner some time to work on stains, rinse properly with plain water and dry will a microfiber rug wrapped around the brush. The cloth will absorb water or moisture and prevent the growth of moulds.
Go For Truck Degreaser
Most modern cars are made of the same material used to make your shower; the fibreglass. On the other hand, some of the bathroom stains are caused by oily products that affect cars also. Therefore, you can soak dirty scum to loosen certain stubborn stains.
You can use plain vinegar in cleaning your shower, for it’s a mild acid that can soak oil-based stains. You can spray it on your already steamy walls. It will loosen most of the stain and make your cleaning work easy.
You can also use vinegar to remove mineral deposits from the showerhead. Fasten a bag with water and vinegar around the showerhead. Leave it to rest there overnight or for some hours. Remove the bag the following morning and run hot or cold water to flush out any mineral deposits remaining in the showerhead.
White vinegar and water is an excellent mixture for cleaning shower curtains. Hang the curtain outside to dry before replacing it. Damp materials are the ideal breeding ground for moulds and mildew.
Use Baking Soda
You can replace vinegar with baking soda to make an abrasive mixture for the stubborn stains in your shower. Baking soda is not harsh to fibreglass surfaces and can remove grimy stains with little effort.
Another option is mixing vinegar and baking soda when cleaning the shower door. The mixture will form an abrasive paste that can’t scratch the material but will remove stains.
Cold Rinse the Shower
Using one of the above tips may help you achieve your desired effect. You now don’t have any stubborn stains in the bathroom, and you can now enjoy your shower again.
End the cleaning process by steaming the bathroom to help remove any remaining oily residue. Rinse the walls with cold water to prevent watermarks and wipe them with a clean, soft microfiber rag. Open the window to remove moist air and to avoid dampness and growth of mould.
The nine tips will make cleaning your shower an easy and enjoyable task. You can either use homemade products or commercial detergents.
On the other hand, Ballarat Cleaning Services can help to keep your home clean whenever you are not available. They may assist you with a periodic thorough cleaning at a reasonable price. Contact us at 0490 282 050 or email us at [email protected] any time for a free quote.