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Shower & Bathtub Cleaning, Maintenance and Common Issues

Learn shower & bath cleaning tips as well as how to maintain this area of your home with the help of a home warranty. | SHW Blog

Whether you’re routinely cleaning or it’s about time to use some elbow grease, the shower and bathtub take special care.

We use these areas of the home daily, sometimes causing quite a bit of grime to build up. There are steps you can take to lessen the amount of grime built up over time, and there’s also hacks you can try to leave your bathtub and shower good as new.

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How do you keep a shower clean?

How to clean a shower is simple, if you do it often. It’s more important to keep your shower clean in order to prevent the build up of tough grime, and sometimes even mold.

Follow these steps to make routine shower cleaning much easier:

1. Run a fan or open a window during your shower, and make sure your shower curtain is contained inside the bathtub. Be sure water keeps from splashing outside the tub and has a way to evaporate out of the room, or else mold can easily grow in the grout around your tiles.

2. Remove hair from the drain after your shower or bath. This might sound simple, but make it a routine and you’ll thank yourself later! Hair is the number one cause of drain issues.

3. If you take a very dirty bath, give the tub a rinse and remove the adhesive bath tread if you have one. Your bathtub could stain from very dirty bath water, such as if you give the dog a bath or wash select articles of clothing with runny dye.

Some people also choose to apply bathtub wax to keep regular cleanings more manageable.

The Best Way to Clean a Shower: 2 Cleaning Hacks

Whether or not you regularly clean your tub, we’ve all run into the dilemma of hard-to-get grime.

The secret is to not overthink your cleaning products. Be sure to use cleaning products that are either simple and organic or purposed for your bathtub, otherwise you could damage your tub.

  1. Baking Soda and Water. Baking soda acts as a paste and helps loosen debris for you to easily scrub away soap scum.
  2. Vinegar and Dish Detergent. Another common household solution, dish detergent is great for eliminating grease while vinegar helps apply an acidic coating.

Clogged bathtub drains are the most common issue you might find when it’s time to really clean your tub.

If your bathtub won’t drain but it’s not clogged, you could have a much deeper clog in your drain. Be sure to use a drain snake to see if you can pull hair or debris from the drain. If you’re still dealing with standing water and unable to drain your tub, then it’s time to place a claim.

Bathtub & Shower Maintenance

Your bathtub and shower don’t require a great deal of maintenance aside from regular cleaning. Mold can be dangerous to your health, so it’s most important to look out for areas mold or mildew can grow.

  • Watch for loose tiles and cracks where water may seep into, and use caulk to keep these areas sealed.
  • If you have a sliding bathroom door, dry down this door and clean between the cracks regularly to help prevent rust and mold.
  • Drying your tub and tiles may seem like a hassle after every shower or bath, but will significantly cut down on your risk of growing mold.

Other Plumbing System Issues

If you’re experiencing plumbing issues, such as line leaks or breaks in your water, drain, waste or vent lines, issues with your toilet bowl, toilet tank or toilet flushing mechanism, or issues with angle stops or risers, it’s time to place a claim.

Select Home Warranty provides coverage on these common plumbing system problems among others. The average cost to replace a plumbing system can run as high as $3,500. Instead, a low monthly payment for a home warranty can save you and your family from a huge expense down the line.


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