Bathrooms are sanctuaries; places to wash away the dirt and stress of the day. But whilst we emerge clean and refreshed, our bathrooms are often home to germs that we may not even be aware of. These can not only lead to bad hygiene but also lead to physical harm if unchecked. In this week’s blog article, we’re going to give you the rundown of four grimy things lurking in your shower- and what you can do to combat them.
1. Your shower curtain
Not everyone has to deal with the eventual horror that is a shower curtain, but those of us who do are already aware that this is one of the most visually filthy things in our bathrooms. There’s nothing worse than seeing a white shower curtain sprouting brown mould! The bad news is that every shower curtain will begin to show fungal growth over time.
The good news? You can do something about it! Firstly, avoid bunching up your shower curtain after you wash as the folded material will trap water between itself. This will create an ideal environment for mould – which is not what we want. You can also do spot treatments on the affected areas by using a bleach-based cleaning product. Or, you could just buy a new curtain altogether.
Shower curtains – being as they’re fabric – will also suffer from your everyday wear, tear and dirt. Meaning you’ll probably have to clean them regularly without busting out the bleach anyway. This is especially true if the curtain is white – then the dirty areas will stick out like a sore thumb.
2. Your glass shower doors
For those of you without a shower curtain, it’s your time in the spotlight – glass shower doors won’t become home to fungal growth, but they are prone to developing a layer of soap scum through consistent use. This soap scum can then birth Serratia marcescens, which is that reddish bacteria found in bathrooms. Though unlikely, this form of bacteria can lead to all sorts of nasty outcomes such as urinary tract infections, conjunctivitis and pneumonia.
To avoid the plague of Serratia marcescens, you should aim to use a squeegee after you shower, to wipe away excess water. This should have your bathroom sparkling in no time. You can also make a DIY soap scum banisher, by mixing four-parts white vinegar, four-parts water and one-part dishwashing detergent. Simply spray the solution onto the affected area, and then get to work with a bristle brush.
Besides, who enjoys the appearance of soap scum? You should still aim to keep a healthy-looking shower door – or windows if you have them – for aesthetic’s sake. A quick rinse after usage should do the trick for the less serious dirt and scum build-up. Even if you don’t think this affects you – chances are it does. Soap gets splashed all over your shower whilst you’re washing and it’s this soap that starts the scum build-up.
3. Your showers floor
This is where things can get potentially dangerous as the grime build-up that can appear on the floor of your shower can become slippery – which can lead to physical harm if not dealt with immediately. Simple dishwashing liquid and a cleaning brush can be used to get the grime off of shower floors.
Another thing to watch for is your plumbing. Sometimes grease and grime build-up on the floor of your shower is due to issues with your plumbing. Backwash can occur and this is a big cause of stuff like this so you should keep an eye out for that and get that fixed immediately. A lot of the time it’s hair that clogs up drains and will cause the blockage and resulting backwash.
If you have shower mats, then the underside of them is probably pretty grimy as well. Whilst they are great for preventing slippage in the showers – they need cleaning and maintenance as well. So, instead of just throwing them out and constantly buying new ones, try cleaning them to eliminate any mould or slimy grime that may be present. Rinse it off with hot water after letting it sit for around 15 minutes.
4. Your shower walls
The scum and grime found on the walls of your shower is generally a result of excess soap being sprayed onto the walls – just like with the glass doors in our second point. Generally, though, the shower walls will be the same material as your floor so it’s easy to clean. Ensure to occasionally observe the entire wall including the corners as you may find spiders spinning webs and setting up a little home for themselves.
Do you need a plumber?
Let’s face it; there are so many things in our bathroom that can get pretty gross, but with a little cleaning solution and elbow grease, you can banish the grime in no time and be showering in a clean temple once more.
If you do find that you’re having some plumbing issues with your shower, then you should consider contacting JPG Plumbing. We offer a high quality, expert service to solve your plumbing issues. Our friendly contractors will work around your schedule whilst still ensuring that the job is completed on time and to the highest of standards. We offer reliable service all over the Melbourne area for any plumbing issue that you may have.
If you would like to get in contact with us to discuss one of our services – or simply would like some professional advice on a related subject – then please give us a call on 0400 978 442. Alternatively, you can fill out the enquiry form on our website.