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 be an expert soap scum removal in no time at all!
Use heat to loosen soap scum
A steam cleaner can be very effective for removing soap scum from all around your shower area, but if you don’t have a steam cleaner, built-up soap residue on bathroom surfaces 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.
How to clean 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 clean soap scum from tiles can really make your shower area sparkle.
The best way to clean soap scum is by using a product specifically designed for the bathroom, like HANDY ANDY Power Clean Bathroom Spray. 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 initially test any new products or techniques on a small, inconspicuous area and always read the instructions on the label.
An alternative method would be to use a mixture of vinegar, water, and washing-up liquid as a quick and easy soap scum remover. 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. Try using a dish soap with lemon in it for even more soap scum removal power.
Where soap scum and 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 for soap scum removal when it comes to cleaning soap stains from taps, plug holes, and chrome bathroom surfaces.