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How to clean a shower and remove soap scum

Find the best way to clean a shower, and showerhead, with these 5 simple steps.

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Wondering how to clean a shower without scrubbing? Then try our step-by-step approach and shower cleaning tips.

One of the best ways to clean a shower is with reliable products like Cif Bathroom Spray and Domestos Bleach Spray. Follow the directions and include as part of your daily routine.

How to clean a shower in 5 steps

Learning how to clean your shower is quick and easy if you remember these basics:

1. Give everything a quick rinse

Cleaning tiled shower walls and floors starts with a quick rinse of plain water. Using hot water can help to expand the pores of your surface materials and make them easier to clean.

2. Descale the showerhead

An often overlooked part of the process, cleaning showerheads is vital if you want a powerful and hygienic shower. Start by removing limescale build-up. Simply soak your showerhead it in a tub of white vinegar and water for a couple of hours before scrubbing. If the showerhead is fixed to the wall, fill a resealable bag with white vinegar and fix it over the showerhead with elastic bands or wrap a cloth soaked in the solution over it.

Watch our video below for more shower cleaning tips that tackle stains and limescale on the showerhead:

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3. Deep clean shower tiles

Next, you’ll want to get rid of any soap scum, water residue, or other marks from your shower. Products like Cif Power and Shine Bathroom Spray are ideal for this - especially if you want to know how to clean shower tiles without scrubbing. Just spray, leave for approx. 20 minutes, wipe, and rinse.

Always read the label of any cleaning products before use and keep your bathroom well ventilated while cleaning. If you suffer from sensitive skin, considering wearing rubber gloves too.

4. Clean the grout between the tiles

Sparkling tiles showing up your dirty grouting? It's time to learn how to clean between tiles in the shower. Attack the mould in your grouting with a shower tile cleaner or diluted bleach solution and an old toothbrush. Leave your chosen solution to break down the dirt before putting in a little elbow grease to shift stains. Always rinse and wipe down afterwards.

5. De-clog the drain

Be prepared for nasty surprises when de-clogging the drain! Use rubber gloves to pick out tangled hair and clean between the grates using an old crochet hook. Follow up with a specialist drain cleaner to dissolve any remaining deposits - or try a homemade remedy from white vinegar and baking soda. Always rinse the drains with water after leaving your chosen solution to work for around 30 minutes.

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