Tile Shower Cleaning 2013
For the past two days I have been cleaning tile showers for a couple in the Elk Grove, California area. These bathrooms consisted of porcelain tile and non-sanded grout showers, porcelain tile and sanded grout floors, and corian vanities. When soap scum and hard water deposits build up on shower wall surfaces they can be very difficult to remove. It is almost like removing cement, and your average cleaners just won't do the trick.
To remove soap scum and hard water deposits from showers you will need to use a special cleaning solution, a shower gel, that will melt the deposits and soap scum. I try to avoid using acid because of the potential harm that it can cause to the grout, environment, and me. I use a special formula that is gel like so that it won't run down the wall. You will also need a stiff nylon brush because you are going to have to scrub the entire surface to break down those hard water deposits and lift the soap scum out of the grout lines and the micro pores found in the tiles themselves. It takes me longer to clean tile showers than just about anything else. It is hard work even with my specialized equipment and chemicals. The grout lines looked brand new when I finished and the clients were thrilled with the results.
Not only did I clean the showers but I also cleaned the porcelain tile and sanded grout floors. Because this couple has three children there was a real build up of oils, hairspray, etc. on the floor. Like the shower I was able to return the floor to like new condition. Finally, I polished the corian to bring back the original lustre of the vanity. Even though corian is a very tough plastic surface build up can happen on it as well. This build up of make-up, soap, and hard water can dull the appearance of the corian. A simple polishing was all that was necessary to restore it back to like new condition.
When cleaning tile showers it is very difficult to give DIY hints because it usually takes special chemicals, tools, and expertise to be successful. Before tackling a tough job like this I would consult with an expert to see if this is something that you can do on your own and should it be done by a professional. I hope this has been helpful to you. If you have questions please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until Next Time,