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post #1 of Old 09-10-2014, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning a large shower

What are your methods for cleaning a shower? I did a very large one today and it appeared to be made of stone type walls. I spray my tub and shower cleaner on and then scrub it and work my way around the shower. Since the shower head is not moveable, I then have to fill up my bucket repeatedly with water and dump it on the walls to rinse and then I had to go back with my soap pads to scrub out the soap scum. Rinse again and then I dry it with a towel. I was wondering if others have a faster and easier way to do this?

The one I did today was so gigantic... I was wishing for a way that would be less time consuming.
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post #2 of Old 09-12-2014, 09:09 AM
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I think the way your approached was fine, since the head was not moveable it is difficult to find some other way for making it quick.

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post #3 of Old 09-13-2014, 05:52 AM
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Nine steps to clean shower:
Empty it out
Begin with a rinse
Remove mildew
Remove hard water spots
Clean your shower door or curtain
Scrub shower tiles
Rinse the shower head
Clean out the drain
Tough water build up
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I cleaned another large shower yesterday. It was almost identical to the last one. It went much better and the customer even commented on how she was happy with the tracks in the door. Yay! I think it'll get easier, the more I practice cleaning. She's my first bi-weekly customer. I had another lined up, but he bailed on our appointment last week, so I'm not sure if he'll will be a sure thing. Anyway, the last cleaner she had never cleaned the tracks in the door and it showed. It was really disgusting and looked like it'd never been cleaned, or at least hadn't been cleaned in ages. That's one reason why she hired me, plus the last cleaning person she had wasn't reliable.
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Here 5 quick tips for you:
Cover your shower faucet with bag of vinegar and secure with a rubber band. Leave it there overnight and you’ll have a clean shower head without all the scrubbing.
Soak your shower curtain in a salt water bath for a few hours, let it dry, then rehang. The salt is a chemical-free way to fight against mildew.
Try cutting the bottom edge of your shower curtain liner with pinking shears. The uneven edges facilitates water dripping, and reduces the chances of icky mold.
Keep a Scotch-Brite dispensing dishwand in the shower filled with equal parts vinegar and dishwashing detergent. It’s easier to remember to clean when the tools are right there, and you can do it while you’re already in the shower.
To keep shower doors clean, buy an inexpensive squeegee and use it every time you shower. The few seconds it takes you to do will dramatically reduce the amount of soap scum build up on the glass.
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post #6 of Old 11-08-2014, 05:43 AM
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Hello,
I fill a spray bottle with 1 cup water & 1/3 cup alcohol and spray it in the shower every day after I step out. From this method, shower stays clean for a long time.

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post #7 of Old 11-08-2014, 05:56 PM
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I hate showers with fixed heads. Nothing beats a handheld shower sprayer to rinse a large shower. Most of the large ones I do all are fixed of course...ugh!!
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Do you guys clean all of the tile every time in large tile showers?
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I do every time unless the shower hasnt been used and told not to clean it.
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How do you reach floor to ceiling tile?
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post #11 of Old 11-16-2014, 11:02 AM
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Im very tall so no problem for me. I guess you could use one of those wands with a scrubby on the end. Most tiles higher up arent really dirty anyways since usually water doesnt get up there. If it looks clean I leave the high places alone. Question: Should I be cleaning the shower curtains? I think that is the owners responsibility to take down and wash. I dont do them and never had a complaint. For glass shower doors two products I like to use are Barkeepers Friend or Greased Lightening. They are easy to use and really get those water spots and scum off great!
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I guess the meaning of a very large shower could mean a lot of different things. I've never really seen a 'large' shower with doors.... I'm sure there are but I've never seen one. Most 'large' showers have no door at all. And they usually have more than 1 head. Usually 2-3 and I've seen as many as 7 heads plus a rain head from the ceiling. So I guess a 'large' shower is all relative. We did have a shower tunnel once. You opened up the regular shower door where there was a regular shower section and you could walk through a shower tunnel thing to get to the bath tub. I guess the bottom line is... if it was easy... she wouldn't pay you to clean it. Good luck.
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Cleaning fiberglass tub surrounds

When house cleaning, cleaning fiberglass tub surrounds can be less strenuous if you use the right cleaning products. These cleaning products are a bottle of Scrub-free and a small sponge with a scouring pad side.

House cleaning should be done every two weeks. This includes cleaning fiberglass tub surrounds should be done every two weeks. Otherwise, if you let them go longer, it will take more cleaner and more elbow grease to remove the stubborn soap scum.

Before you can begin cleaning the tub surround, first remove all soap and shampoo products including razors. Secondly, take a short strip of toilet paper. The toilet paper will work just like a Swiffer sheet to pick up all the hair in the tub surround.

Next, spray the tub surround with the bottle of Scrub-free. Begin at the top of the tub surround then work your way around down to the bottom of it. Wait several minutes. This is important to allow the Scrub-free to do its job, which is to break down the gritty soap scum. If your tub surround has not been cleaned in two weeks, it may take a few passes and an entire bottle of Scrub-free to get the job done.

After you have waited several minutes, turn on the warm water from the tub to saturate the sponge. With the scouring pad side of the sponge begin scrubbing the tub surround. When an area of the surround feels smooth not gritty the area is clean.

Once the tub surround is completely cleaned, use the shower hose to rinse the tub surround from scummy and gritty to shiny and smooth. That is how cleaning fiberglass tub surrounds is done. If you clean your tub surround on a regular basis every two weeks with regular house cleaning, you will probably only have to spray and scrub it once with Scrub-free.
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Cleaning showers made with cement block

I have a shower made of cement block painted with white exterior paint, and it gets moldy. What I do to clean it is fill an industrial-grade spray bottle with water and bleach -- 1 part of bleach to 5 parts of water. Then I simply quirt the shower walls and floor down. It takes the solution about 5 minutes to work on the mold without scrubbing it. Then since the shower doesn't have a sprayer, I fill a large plastic fast-food drinking cup with hot water to rinse the walls and floor off. Sometimes I'll even turn on the shower hot water to steam rinse the shower clean after I spray it.
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When house cleaning, cleaning fiberglass tub surrounds can be less strenuous if you use the right cleaning products. These cleaning products are a bottle of Scrub-free and a small sponge with a scouring pad side.

House cleaning should be done every two weeks. This includes cleaning fiberglass tub surrounds should be done every two weeks. Otherwise, if you let them go longer, it will take more cleaner and more elbow grease to remove the stubborn soap scum.

Before you can begin cleaning the tub surround, first remove all soap and shampoo products including razors. Secondly, take a short strip of toilet paper. The toilet paper will work just like a Swiffer sheet to pick up all the hair in the tub surround.

Next, spray the tub surround with the bottle of Scrub-free. Begin at the top of the tub surround then work your way around down to the bottom of it. Wait several minutes. This is important to allow the Scrub-free to do its job, which is to break down the gritty soap scum. If your tub surround has not been cleaned in two weeks, it may take a few passes and an entire bottle of Scrub-free to get the job done.

After you have waited several minutes, turn on the warm water from the tub to saturate the sponge. With the scouring pad side of the sponge begin scrubbing the tub surround. When an area of the surround feels smooth not gritty the area is clean.

Once the tub surround is completely cleaned, use the shower hose to rinse the tub surround from scummy and gritty to shiny and smooth. That is how cleaning fiberglass tub surrounds is done. If you clean your tub surround on a regular basis every two weeks with regular house cleaning, you will probably only have to spray and scrub it once with Scrub-free.
I guess I got confused at some point..... You say you use a product called Scrub free but then you say after you let it sit for awhile you wet your sponge and scrub it....???? That makes no sense. Just trying to see if I missed something or what....??
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My apologies. For fiberglass tubs and showers, since fiberglass is a smooth surface I spray Scrub Free, wait 5 minutes then use a wet cellulose sponge with a scouring pad to scrub it.

I have a shower made of painted cement block -- not as smooth as fiberglass. I just use water and bleach in a spray bottle on the walls and floors then just rinse them with hot water. No scrubbing. Shower comes nice, clean and white. It has to be done every two weeks.
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The part I'm confused about is that it is scrub FREE.... ???? So why scrub it? That should mean it doesn't need scrubbed... right?
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As good as the product is, even though the product is called Scrub Free, you still have to spray then scrub -- sometimes even twice.
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lol I was just messing with you.
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