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No one wants to bathe in a dirty shower. However, that doesn’t mean you have to scrub down your shower every day. Most showers only require weekly cleaning. The number of people using the shower will also impact how often you clean. A shower stall used daily by a family of five may require biweekly cleaning, for example.

While you should clean out your shower at least once a week, you only need to clean off your shower curtains every one to three months. Simply wipe down your shower curtain with a disinfecting agent and rinse it off afterward.

See also: Care & Cleaning Guide

Why Should You Clean Your Shower?

Dirty showers can pose health hazards to you and your loved ones. Mold or mildew can cause respiratory issues. Meanwhile, caked-on soap could trigger harmful slips and falls. Aside from the potential dangers accompanying dirty shower stalls, it’s simply unaesthetic. Not only will a dirty shower diminish your own relaxation, but long-term damage related to poor cleaning could potentially lower your home’s selling price.

Tips and Tricks 

In this section, we’ve put together a few handy tips and tricks to optimize your weekly shower cleaning experience. Before we get into how you should clean your shower, let’s ensure you have the right tools for the job first.

Consider using a sponge, a soft brush, or a rag when cleaning your shower. Pair this with warm water and a non-abrasive, non-aerosol disinfecting agent like:

  • 409
  • Glass Plus
  • Scrub Free
  • Non-Ammonia Windex
  • Kaboom
  • Fantastik

If you have to dislodge mineral deposits, apply diluted vinegar to the affected area first. Wait for it to loosen before brushing it away. Once you’re done, wash out your shower with warm water. You don’t want any harmful chemicals to remain. Some cleaning agents can cause skin irritation and other unpleasant side effects.

When cleaning out your show stall or bathtub, make sure to get into all of the cracks and crevices. This is especially true for tiled shower floors. Scrubbing directly on the grout will prevent harmful mold and mildew from forming. 

If you have a shower with a door, make sure to get into the small cracks and crevices where it opens and closes. Finally, don’t forget to wipe everything down when you’re all done. 

Things to Avoid

Most showers aren’t built to handle abrasive surfaces. This includes steel wool and scrubbing brushes with stiff or wiry bristles. You should also avoid certain cleaning agents. Stay away from the following:

  • Soft Scrub
  • Crystal Drain Cleaners
  • Scouring cleansers
  • Scouring pads
  • Aerosol Cleansers
  • Dow Disinfectant
  • Acetone
  • Lysol Disinfectant
  • Ammonia-D
  • Comet Scratch Free
  • Daily Leave-On Cleansers

These products can cause lasting damage to the walls and sides of your shower. If enough damage builds up, you may have to hire a professional to repair or replace your shower’s hard surfaces. 

Get a Low-Maintenance Shower Installed by Bath Experts

Even with regular cleaning, every shower eventually needs an upgrade. Luckily, Bath Experts shower systems are easy to clean and maintain, so you don’t have to worry as much about upkeep. Our materials are of the highest quality to ensure that your new system is built to last. Get started on your next remodeling project by scheduling a design consultation with one of our well-qualified team members today!