Removing Soap Scum from a Shower Cubicle or Bath

by interior designer

in Bathroom

Removing soap scum is not at all difficult if done correctly. Soap scum is a mixture of minerals and oils found in the soap we use to clean ourselves when in the bath or shower. The obvious results of a build up of soap scum are a grey ring or film around the inner edge of the bathtub or shower cubicle which is not at all pleasant to look at. It only takes a few hours for the soap mineral and oil remains to harden and this makes removing the soap scum much more harder. Below are a few tips for removing soap scum from your bathroom completely.

As with most things in life, prevention is the best form of dealing with unfortunate occurrences. When it comes to removing soap scum from a shower cubicle or bath, then this translates to cleaning the areas immediately after use. Catching the soap scum before it hardens means the job of soap scum removal is made a whole lot easier. The best way to do this is to simply wipe the surfaces of the bathtub or shower cubicle clean with a wet cloth after use. Whatever you do, don’t use any waxes or polishes to prevent the build up of soap scum. These will just create a dangerous and slippery environment in the bathroom.

One of the best ways to prevent the build-up of soap scum is to use gel soaps instead of bar soaps. This is because bar soaps contain talc and other minerals which are the main ingredient in soap scum. You should find the occurrence of soap scum greatly reduced by changing the type of soap you use when in the bath or shower. Regardless of this, the previous tip on wiping down the walls and floor of the shower cubicle and bath tub after each use is of prime importance in preventing soap scum appearing.

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If you have soap scum already present and you need a way to remove soap scum from the bath or shower area, then these easy and home-made remedies can help. Warm vinegar which has been heated in a microwave can be poured or sprayed onto soap scum affected surfaces. When the surface is then wiped, most of the scum should come away reasonably easily. You can also use ammonia which is added to water. Make sure the ammonia is one third of the mixture. Again, like with the vinegar, spray or pour onto the soap scum affected area and then wipe away. Baking soda is another possibility and can be used in the same way although with this substance, it is best to leave for 30 minutes before removing with a damp sponge.

These home-made soap scum removal techniques should do the trick in many cases. However, if your soap scum is hard to get rid of then you will need to purchase a soap scum removal product from your local store. You can also buy a good variety online and I recommend this selection: Tilex Soap Scum Remover, 32 oz. Trigger Spray Bottle.

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tim 11.20.10 at 20:08

I only recommend this if you have mineral deposits on your tiled shower. I have a slate shower (never again), and with the hard water in Dallas, TX I find I soon have build up of a white mineral deposit in not only the grout lines of the slate tiles (bottom of the shower), but even the tiles themselves soon begin accumulating this white mineral build-up. I have tried ‘everything’ including wire brushes. Then I thought of using my muriatic acid (hydrochloric acid) used for adjusting pH of pools. Of course one needs adequate ventilation!!! But the mineral deposits foam away instantly and I simply turn the shower on and wash copious amounts of water for about 10 minutes to wash everything away.

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