Like most things, when it comes to cleaning your shower screens prevention is better than cure.
But in reality, most households have a better chance of the shower screen growing arms and squeegeeing itself than having the time or inclination to do it every day.
Still, nobody feels good about the unsightly build-up of soap scum, calcium and grime on our shower screens.
Luckily, for those of us who don’t have the capacity for a daily squeegee session, there’s a foolproof method to get rid of it.
The best part? You might already have what’s needed in your house, according to Monaro Screens General Manager Ben Byatt.
“We rely on good old-fashioned vinegar and elbow grease for this method, as harsh chemicals, particularly anything with bleach or acids, will eat away at your sealants and likely destroy the shower screen over time,” he says.
What you’ll need
- White vinegar
- Warm water
- Large bowl or bucket
- Soft stainless steel wool or microfibre cloth
- Mix equal parts vinegar to warm water. This composition may change depending on how dirty your screen is, requiring more vinegar to water for heavier grime.
- With your soft and damp steel wool or microfibre cloth, test cleaning a corner of your shower screens using circular motions. If it leaves no damage, you’re good to go.
- Continuing in gentle circular motions, scrub your entire shower screen, paying particular attention to areas with build up of soap scum and/or calcium.
- Rinse off all residue, particularly any dislodged soap scum, ensuring it is washed down the drain and doesn’t pool anywhere where it can reset. “I always rinse down with a detachable shower head but if that’s not an option, refilling your bowl/bucket with fresh water will do,” Ben says.
- Squeegee down your surfaces. “A lot of people are tempted to skip this final step – don’t. Otherwise, you risk undoing all your work,” Ben cautions.
- Using liquid soap rather than bar soap for your showers will result in less build-up.