The Bathroom Shower

If you continually find puddles of water left on the bathroom floor after the morning rush of showers then you may want to reconsider replacing your shower curtain with a shower door. Here are some pros and cons of doing so.

  • A shower door frame has a narrow track which is a haven for dirt and is hard to clean. You’ll need to scrub it periodically with a small brush.
  • Water spots and soap scum can build up on both shower doors and shower curtains but doors are easier to clean and less likely to harbor mildew.
  • A shower curtain can easily be changed if it becomes hard to clean or if you want another look. Doors are more permanent.

Cleaning Glass Shower Doors

To keep your shower doors spotless, wipe with a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar mixed with one quart water or use glass cleaner. A laundry prewash or a tub and tile cleaner are other options. For heavy scum, leave the cleaner on for a few minutes then wipe. Rinse and towel dry. Clean the track regularly using a brush or cotton swabs if necessary.

Cleaning Plastic Shower Curtains

To remove built-up soap film on plastic shower curtains or liners, machine-wash using warm water and one cup of a nonprecipitating water softener to dissolve the residue. If the curtain is mildewed, add 3/4 cup of liquid chlorine bleach to the wash cycle. After washing the curtain for five minutes on the gentle cycle, hang it back on its rod to drip-dry making sure that the bottom edge is inside the tub or shower stall and the curtain is spread out as if hung on a clothesline. If your shower curtain is saturated with mildew, soak it right in the tub, adding bleach and powdered water softener. After about an hour, rinse the curtain and it will look as good as new.

Cleaning Fiberglass Shower Stalls

To clean your fiberglass shower stall, use a damp sponge with a tub and tile cleaner, a mild nonabrasive cleaner or baking soda. Gently scour, then allow the cleanser to work for a few minutes. rinse thoroughly and dry.