Showers are very tough to maintain at home as they are constantly exposed to soap scum, water splashes and stains. As they are always moist, they often get covered in mold and mildew making them even more unhealthy. The soap scum looks particularly nasty as it gives a very dirty and unmaintained look to your showers. It makes it tough to take a bath on a shower surface covered with soap scum. This blog will guide you how to clean soap scum effectively.
We will guide you on how to clean soap scum and stains from your shower glass and also give you tips on how to ensure that your surface remains sparkling and clean forever. But before that, let us know why these stains develop so often, so that you get a better idea of the cleaning process and products used.
Why Does Soap Scum Develop on Your Shower Glass so Often?
- It is natural for soap scum to splash and settle on the shower glass enclosure and tile surface in your bathroom. These when wet, often do not come to our notice much and become obvious only when they dry.
- Soap lather mixes with hard water and forms a dirty whitish residue that is left behind once the water evaporates. The calcium and magnesium minerals that make water hard, react with soap lather, and form an insoluble substance known as soap scum.
When left ignored, soap scum becomes very dense and makes it quite tough to remove it effectively. You may be tempted to use a scrub or any other abrasive substance to clean years of soap scum, but this will lead to scratches on the glass and tile surface. We will guide you to a better way of removing soap scum.
How to Clean Soap Scum Off Glass Shower Doors?
To prevent vigorous and time-consuming cleaning every day, you can use Benaz – an impactful glass and cultured marble cleaner that immediately removes the whitish scum marks and reveals a sparkling surface beneath.
Benaz is very effective on filth, soap scum, and hard water stains. It efficiently eliminates all the dirt and impurities rendering a clear surface within a few minutes, without impacting the glass. It is also quite effective in etching. It is also alkaline and hence does not damage the surface like acidic cleaners. The best way to clean soap scum is to use Benaz following the directions given below.
Here is how you can use Benaz:
- The first step is to clean your glass surface with Benaz.
- Just apply a little Benaz on the applicator and massage it gently over the stained glass surface.
- Rub in gentle circular motions and wipe off with a dry cloth.
- You will find a sparkling clean glass surface.
After cleaning soap scum from shower glass, if you seal the glass surface with a sealer, you will make the surface water-resistant and prevent the formation of soap scum. You can use Valore Sealer, which can form a protective seal on the glass surface. This one prevents water spots and soap scum from forming.
Valore Sealer creates a hydrophilic layer on the glass surface, making the water sheet off the surface. Water will not settle on the glass and hence not react with soap lather and form soap scum.
Soap scum may also form on your shower tile surface, especially in the corners where water stagnates. You will need a strong cleaner to remove these stains from the tile without damaging the surface.
How to Clean Soap Scum Off Tile?
To get rid of the nagging problems of soap scum and stains forming on ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone floor tile in your showers, you should use an impactful cleaner, which cleans the superfluous soap scum stains.
Imperia Maintenance Cleaner or Valore Maintenance Cleaner is our powerful tile, stone, and grout maintenance cleaners that efficiently remove all kinds of stains, mold, and soap scum from the floorings, walls, showers, and countertops. Both the cleaners are a combination of a cleaner and sealer that impactfully remove the soap scum stains and also retains the top sealant coat on your tile surface. Of the two, Valore Maintenance is stronger as it is infused with 6.97% H2O2 at the root level. It is quite effective on dense soap scum stains without damaging the tile surface. If you are wondering how to clean soap scum off the bathtub, you can also use any of these for removing the stains.
Here is How you can Use Imperia Maintenance or Valore Maintenance Cleaner:
- Spray the maintenance cleaner on the stained tile surface.
- Rub gently with an applicator tool.
- Wipe off with a clean cloth to reveal a sparkling surface beneath.
But after thorough cleaning of your shower tile, you may have a sanitized surface, but you cannot prevent soap scum from forming again. You need to ensure that you wipe off the water from your shower tile after every use. This will prevent soap lather to react with the hard water and form scum. To prevent this scum and other stains from penetrating deeper into the tile surface and to enhance the beauty of your tile, it is better to seal your tile also with a tile sealer.
This way, if you follow the instructions above, you will be able to remove soap scum from the shower surface in an efficient way.