It’s no surprise that the area we use to wash ourselves is often one of the most difficult to clean. When stubborn soap scum and bathroom grime build up around your shower and bath, you may feel like you’ve met your cleaning match, but with this complete guide, you’ll soon become an expert at removing soap scum.
Use Heat to Help Soap Scum Removal
A steam cleaner can be very effective for cleaning soap scum all around your shower area, but if you don’t have a steam cleaner, built-up soap residue can be tricky to clean. However, you can replicate the benefits of a steam cleaner by rinsing shower surfaces with hot water before attempting to remove soap scum and grime, or, to save water when cleaning the bathroom, wait until just after a family member has had a shower and clean off soap scum while the bathroom is still hot and steamy. This will help to loosen soap scum on tiles, glass, and other bathroom surfaces and will assist in efficient soap scum removal.
Removing Soap Scum from Shower Surfaces
Knowing how to remove soap scum from your shower tray and bath is key in maintaining a clean and hygienic bathroom, and knowing how to remove soap scum from tiles can really make your shower area sparkle.
The best way to clean soap scum is by using an all-purpose product like Cif Cream. While you can use other home remedies like lemon juice or vinegar, commercial cleaning products tend to be much easier to use (and require much less scrubbing!). Remember to test any new products or techniques on a small, inconspicuous area, and always read the instructions on the label.
An alternative method for removing soap scum would be to use a mixture of vinegar, water, and washing-up liquid. Fill a spray bottle and apply a generous mist to all surfaces, or wipe the solution onto the surface with a cloth, before rinsing clean. The vinegar will cut through the scum whilst the dishwashing soap will ensure no residue is left behind.
Where minerals from hard water have really set in, it may be necessary to scrub with something rougher than a cloth in order to scratch away the hard residue. A kitchen scourer can be used to gently scrape off soap scum, but care must be taken not to apply too much pressure and scratch the surface itself. An old toothbrush can double up as an extremely useful tool when it comes to cleaning soap stains from taps, plug holes, and chrome bathroom surfaces.