How to Clean Your Shower Walls

Keep hard water stains and soap scum off your shower walls. Cleaning your shower walls is easy with vinegar, baking soda, bleach and a little elbow grease – get rid of soap scum, hard water stains and more. Glass Doctor provides tips and solutions so you can clean your shower till it sparkles!

How to Clean Your Shower Walls

  • Scrub all surfaces with a sponge dipped in vinegar
  • Scrub mold and mildew with a diluted bleach solution
  • Rinse well with fresh water
  • Remove stubborn stains with a stiff brush and baking soda

Hard water stains and soap scum are a hassle to remove from shower walls. Whether it’s tile, ceramic, stone, fiberglass or acrylic – follow these shower wall cleaning tips to make your shower walls shine.

How to Clean a Shower Like a Pro

If you don’t have a handheld showerhead, grab a bucket so you can manually rinse the shower walls. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and, while you’re at it, saturate a sponge with vinegar. Spray the walls down with white vinegar as you scrub the walls. If the walls are really dirty soak the walls in vinegar, and let it soak in for 30 minutes. Even better, heat the vinegar up in the microwave and spray it on while it’s hot. Add a tablespoon of dish soap to the bottle if you want to dilute the smell of vinegar and to add a little extra cleaning power at the same time. Rinse the walls with fresh water from your bucket or handheld showerhead once you’re satisfied.

If you have mold or mildew stains, fill a bucket with six cups warm water and a 1/4 cup bleach. Use this solution to scrub down the walls. You may use the same sponge, but a stiff nylon brush will be more effective, especially for those grout lines. Rinse well with the bucket or a handheld showerhead sprayer.

To remove deeply embedded stains and grunge, sprinkle baking soda throughout the shower. The slurry created from the moisture and baking soda will act as a mild abrasive as you scrub the shower walls and surfaces with a sponge. For stains that still refuse to leave, make a paste out of baking soda and water. Cover the stain with the paste and allow it to stay on the stain for three to four hours. Remove the paste and rinse with water.

How to Keep Your Shower Walls Clean

Prevention is the best medicine. Keep a squeegee in the shower to wipe down the walls and shower door to prevent soap scum, mold, mildew and hard water stains from forming on the doors, wall surface and grout areas to begin with. For glass shower doors, apply a hydrophobic liquid such as Rain-X for Shower Doors to prevent hard water spots.

Can't Clean It? Replace it!

If your shower door is past the point of no return, or you want to update the look of your bathroom, Glass Doctor can help. We offer custom glass shower door services and will even install it for you too. Just call an expert at (833) 365-2927, or schedule an appointment online. Our professionals will guide you through the available shower door options to help you find the perfect glass shower door that suits your style and budget.

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