Cleaning a Shower Enclosure

February 4, 2016

What a job to clean bath/shower walls! It doesn't have to be that way. I placed another shower curtain and tension rod against the wall in my bath. Now instead of cleaning the wall, I just take down the shower curtain and throw it in the wash.


No more back-bending chore of cleaning the actual wall. So easy.

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I keep a squeegee in the shower and using it after showering seems to do the trick without chemicals.

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I use my plastic indoor watering can (purchased half price at the dollar store) to rinse down my shower walls and bathtubs after cleaning.

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July 31, 2014

The iron is so bad in our water that I have to clean our shower once a week. There are two things that work for me. The first is "The Works Tub and Shower Cleaner" from the Dollar Tree. You spray it on, leave it and wipe off. It's magic.

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February 5, 2012

If you have a molded shower stall the best thing to use to clean it is an exfoliating mitt from the dollar store. The gloves work OK but the mitt has more surface area. Tile and grout walls will eat the mitt alive, but it works great for the tubs and sinks too.

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January 4, 2017

Do this last step after cleaning in whatever method you chose. Using a CLEAR acrylic type floor cleaner, wet a cloth with it and wipe down the walls and doors. This will allow you to extend the next cleaning cycle, due to it's water repellent nature after it dries.

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February 26, 2014

To quickly and efficiently clean tubs and showers, use this procedure:

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August 19, 2008

What cleaning products will bring back a 20 year neglected clear glass shower enclosure with beige tile walls and floors with grout?

Diane from Gig Harbor, WA


August 19, 20080 found this helpful

I use a product called "The Works" that I buy at the Family Dollar Store. It cuts through rust, lime, and calcium deposits. But, I have to warn you, that it is strong. You must use it in a well ventilated windows, run fans, whatever, to get some air, or you will start coughing! I also wear gloves when using this product because it will peel the skin right off of your hands! But, boy, does it clean. I have a terrible rust problem in the sinks and toilets, and this product works quickly.

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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

This isn't as strong of a product as the previous post, but one thing you can try is that "scrubbing bubbles" type of spray-on bathroom cleaner (also sold at most dollar stores). The secret is to leave it on & keep it wet for quite some time then use the back of a "scrubby sponge" & some elbow grease.

You can also try: Kaboom Shower, Tub & Tile Cleaner (from the TV commercial) The commercial shows a remarkable cleaner. I wonder if it's as good as they advertise?


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August 19, 20080 found this helpful

I have a fiberglass shower stall, with glass doors that is a big pain to clean. One thing I recently discovered (maybe on this site?) was that I can clean the glass door with a "Magic Sponge". Wow. It didn't take any more elbow grease than with the chemicals, and the results were spectacular. I can't use it on the fiberglass, but if you have glazed tile, you could use it on that, too! Then, if your grout still needs work, I would start with a product with bleach (or even bleach water in a spray bottle), spray it, and let it sit. (With the door closed, and the vent fan on!) AFter a couple of applications of that, see where you are, and then you can start with "products".

But I really suggest giving the magic sponges a try; I was thrilled.

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August 20, 20080 found this helpful

I suggest Purple Power its usually in the automotive section, it is really strong and again follow previous posters advice on ventilation. You can actually watch it eat the crud off your tub, I bought a house with a very neglected bathtub and now it looks almost new. Good luck!

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August 20, 20080 found this helpful

I clean houses for a living and believe me the best thing I have found is Pledge. I didn't believe it until I tried it.It really works. Spray liberally on a cloth and wipe down and go back and dry it.You'll be amazed! I was!

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By sarah (Guest Post)
August 20, 20080 found this helpful

Wet a fabric softener dryer sheet and scrub the door. It may take several sheets but it melts the scum.

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By crazyliblady (Guest Post)
August 24, 20080 found this helpful

I got this suggestion from a lady who said she manages rental properties for a living. She suggests using oven cleaner on tubs, tiles, etc. for removing the crud that accumulates, especially soap scum. Oven cleaner is great for breaking up grease on ovens, so I guess that's why it works so well. It really does work, but if your tub or shower enclosure is made of fiberglass, oven cleaner will discolor it, so you should not use it on that. I am not sure how well it will work on a glass shower enclosure.

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By Jackie Wilde (Guest Post)
August 25, 20080 found this helpful

I use Kaboom spray & love how my shower looks after I use it! Not too much elbow grease after spraying on either! Give it a try!

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September 26, 2011

I am looking for a daily shower spray to keep shower tiles and doors somewhat clean between cleanings.

By Amy

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May 2, 2010

What is the best commercial strength cleaner for a shower that I can't get clean, especially the floor of the shower? When I had a maid service from "The Merry Maids" they used some kind of cleaner that made my shower look new. I have tried everything, but can't get the shower to look anything like it did when the cleaning service cleaned it. Help.

By Millie from Chelmsford, MA


May 2, 20100 found this helpful

Try the scrubbing bubbles. Spray it on and leave it there for like 30 minutes. Then spray or wipe clean. You can then spray it on and leave it to help protect the surface. It works great for like shower curtains as well.

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May 2, 20100 found this helpful

A friend of mine mentioned that she couldn't get the floor of her tub clean, and it was driving her crazy. She tried all kinds of cleaners. I suggested that she try the Mr Clean Magic Sponge, and it did the trick! She was ecstatic.

Maybe the sponge will work for you too! Good luck.

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May 3, 20100 found this helpful

We live in the country and our water has a very high iron content - "The Works" is what keeps mine looking great.

Several of my co-workers tell me they thoroughly dry their showers with a bath towel after each use and it never needs cleaning...

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May 3, 20101 found this helpful

Ironically, I use Sunlight Dishwasher detergent.
It is a little hard to rinse clean without scalding hot water, but works best for me on those plastic "trailer home" tubs.
I agree on the "wipe it dry after use" method.
Soap scum and water rings can't collect that way, and hey, the towel is wet already... right?

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March 10, 2017

My glass shower enclosure is heavily stained. What materials, ingredients, and procedure do I use to get it back to its original state? It is clear glass. Can you use baking soda and vinegar in this case? If so, how do you go about it? Early reply would be grestly appreciated.

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February 11, 2015

What do I use to clean frosted glass shower walls?

By Yvonne G.

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June 30, 2014

The shower mat is old and has dark areas which I cannot get washed out. I have used vinegar, bleach, etc. with no success.

By J. C.

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September 12, 2016

I need to know what is the best cleaner for my tub surround.

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August 15, 2013

What was the recipe for cleaning a shower with vinegar and Dawn dish washing detergent?

Thanks for your help.

By Diane c from Remlap, AL

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July 21, 2014

How do you clean permanent rubber vinyl shower flooring? It is 10 years old and badly stained.

By Julie C.

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May 28, 2014

My 25 yr. old permanent shower stall is stained. Are there any solutions to restore it, getting it clean?

By Julie

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September 20, 2012

What product can I buy to clean my fiberglass shower?

By A. Jordan

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