Cleaning the Shower Floor

The shower floor is one of those places in the home that you have to take good care of or it just gets worse and worse until it becomes a major project.

Not surprisingly, the best time to clean a shower is right after you’ve taken one. The shower has gotten a good hot soaking and is ready to be cleaned.

Here are some ways to clean a shower floor quickly and easily that should save you time and energy and a whole bucketful of elbow grease!

Select your cleaning solution and get your gloves and a plastic bristled brush and lets “go to town.” We're going to work through the dirt, grime and soap scum build up in no time flat.

Cleaning with Baking Soda and Vinegar

The benefits of cleaning the shower with baking soda and vinegar goes on and on:

The one thing vinegar and baking soda will not do is bleach stains. So if you have deep down mold or mildew in the grout that does not come off with this cleaning solution, you can try removing that separately after the cleaning is done.

Soap scum will come off with scrubbing and the abrasiveness of baking soda helps with that. If you want a little extra power you can add a little dish washing soap, or even shampoo to help with breaking up grease.

Removing Stains

If your shower floor happens to be porcelain, be careful not to use very abrasive cleansers or liquid cleansers.

Use more gentle cleansers, put some on a sponge or wet cloth and wipe away the dirt. Use a synthetic scouring pad – not a metal one – to get rid of the tough grime.

For stains:

Heavy Duty Cleaning

If the shower floor really needs a good scrubbing we can add ammonia to your cleaning arsenal. Ammonia is highly alkaline, so make sure you wear gloves, eye protection, and a facial mask. Open the windows and turn on the bathroom fan too as the smell is very strong.

If you don't pay attention to any other warning, pay attention to this: Never, ever, mix ammonia and bleach. The combination of the two liquids produces a toxic gas. Breathing the gas is HARMFUL.

If you have any cleaning solutions still remaining on the shower floor, make sure it is rinsed off completely before trying another.

Ammonia and Baking Soda

If you have an old milk jug, you might want to reuse it. If you do, rinse it out completely before mixing these ingredients.

  1. Add 1/2 of the water to the jug.
  2. Pour in the ammonia and the baking soda.
  3. Put the lid on the milk jug and shake to combine all ingredients.
  4. Add the rest of the water and shake again.

If you want a little more scrubbing power, you can add a little more baking soda.

Wear rubber gloves and make sure the bathroom is well ventilated. Scrub the floor with a sponge or a plastic bristle brush. Wear eye protection to avoid getting the chemicals in your eyes. Rinse with water and wipe dry with an old towel.

Keeping The Shower Floor Clean