Maintaining a shower

Moments spent under the hot running water of a shower are treasured moments. What is less pleasant is the maintenance thereof.  Fortunately with a few simple steps maintaining a shower will help keep it an inviting place.

Shower Heads

Shower heads can easily become blocked up with mineral deposits, resulting in poor water pressure and flow. Here are simple steps to maintaining a shower head and keep the water flowing:

  • If your shower head is hard to detach, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and wrap it around the shower head and secure it with a rubber band or tape. Leave the bag for a few hours or overnight. Once the bag is removed, allow water to run through to remove the vinegar.
  • If the shower head is easy to remove, let it soak in a container of white vinegar for a few hours. Once the head has been placed back on, allow the water to run through the shower head to remove any vinegar.
  • If a shower has rubber nozzles, any mineral built-up can be removed by massaging the nozzles by hands or by cleaning them with a toothbrush.

Shower floors

There are a wide variety of shower floor types and each will vary somewhat as to what is needed to clean them, but these are good general tips to follow when maintaining a shower floor:

  • Start by cleaning the drain. Remove the drain by unscrewing the cap and remove unwanted hair with gloves. If hair is stuck in the pipe an old toothbrush can be used to remove it. Also clean the drain cover with a brush and cleaning scrub. If the drain cover is fixed, any type of hook can be used to pull hair out.
  •  Clean the floor and hard water spots by scrubbing the floor with a strong bathroom cleaning chemical and hot water. Alternatively, white vinegar and hot water can also be used.

Shower walls & doors

The following tips will help keep tiles, glass and shower curtains looking fresh:

  • Shower tiles can be scrubbed with a mixture of 1 cup ammonia (optional), 1 cup vinegar and ½ cup baking soda. An old toothbrush is ideal to use between the tiles. Rinse with hot water once cleaned. If you’re concerned about the acid in the vinegar, try a neutral PH cleaner.
  • To clean glass in a shower, white vinegar and water can once again be used, or a shower, tub & tile cleaner which can be sprayed on and left for a while before scrubbing and rinsing with hot water. A window cleaner can be used for the final stage of cleaning.
  • It is best to have the glass treated with a glass maintenance coating, like Diamon Fusion™. This is seals the glass, and prevents soap and mineral build up. It also makes the glass easier to clean, using just a soft cloth and water.
  • To clean a shower curtain, simply detach the curtain and wash with washing powder without using fabric softener.