Cleaning Your New Shower: The Basics
Keeping your new shower free from soap buildup and other unattractive blemishes requires you to pay attention to the safest cleaning practices – and sometimes prevention is the best policy.
As soon as you’re done using the shower, pull a squeegee down the walls to remove any excess moisture. This helps ensure that you’re not harboring the growth of mold or fungus, which can cause irreparable damage to your new shower over time.
Materials such as plastic, ceramic and glass can be cleaned with traditional cleaning products. However, special materials need special care. If your shower is made from cultured marble, Corian or natural stone, be aware that the cleaning products you use need to be safe for their sealants.
Never use abrasive cleaners in your shower, and be sure to use non-abrasive sponges, cloths or brushes while you clean. Abrasive cleaners can damage and degrade any material, and if you’re using a new product, test it on a small, inconspicuous area before you douse your entire shower with it.
If you discover a mildew spot or a buildup of soap scum, don’t panic. Simply pay special attention to the area while you clean it. Remember that if your shower is made from natural stone, it’s coated with a sealant that prevents moisture from seeping into the small pores; that means you’ll have to be careful that the cleaner you’re using doesn’t wear down your sealant.
Periodically inspect the surfaces of your shower to ensure that grout, caulking or silicone is still intact. These bonding agents help keep water from penetrating the surface, but if they’re compromised in any way – cracked, crumbling or peeling – water can work its way behind the tiles. That creates a haven for mold and mildew growth, and fungus is a serious problem that needs to be handled immediately.
Need Help with Your Shower?
Call The Shower Pros at 615-925-336 or contact us online if you discover any issues while you’re cleaning your new shower. We’re Nashville’s go-to professionals when it comes to shower remodeling, and we’ll be glad to help.