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It’s not difficult to remove soap scum from the bathroom, but cleaning up years’ worth of accumulation may be tricky. Daily or weekly cleaning procedures remove old soap scum from bathroom surfaces properly, which is why you should clean your bathroom often! It’s also incredibly unclean, producing an unhygienic bathroom environment for you, your family, and visitors.

Soap scum removal techniques and equipment may vary depending on the kind of surface and how long it has been resting on it. So, to get the greatest results, you need to know BetterMaid’s top cleaning strategies to eliminate years of soap scum accumulation from your bathroom! Read more tips..

 

Getting Rid of Old Soap Scum on Various Bathroom Surfaces

Soap scum is a chalky accumulation created by the interaction of minerals and soap, much like hard water stains. After drying, it forms a white or yellowish layer that dulls and discolors. This scaly coating develops thicker over time (or years), enabling it to fully adhere to the bathroom surface.

So, how can you get rid of soap scum in your bathroom? Let’s find out what’s going on!

 

Tile walls and grout with White Soap Scum that needs to be cleaned with bleach.

Tile walls and grout with White Soap Scum that needs to be cleaned with bleach.

 

Wall and The Shower Tile

While your shower tiles take the brunt of the filth that includes dirt, body oils, and soap scum, the splashback from your shower leaves the wall tiles vulnerable to the accumulation as well. Limescale forms a hard crust over time and takes considerable abrasiveness to remove it from tiled surfaces.

Remove years of soap scum from bathroom tiles by following these instructions:

  • Combine 1 part liquid dish soap, 1-part hot water, and 2 parts warm vinegar in a spray bottle. Close the container and shake it until all of the contents have been incorporated.
  • When cleaning the bathroom, use a substantial amount of cleaning solution to ensure that you don’t miss a single area of the tile.
  • Allow the cleaner to rest for at least 30 minutes to break down limescale on bathroom tiles. If you observe that the cleaning solution is completing its work in a shorter length of time, you may advance to the next step before the conclusion of 30 minutes.
  • Scrub the tiles in a circular motion using a non-abrasive scrubber or tile brush dampened with warm water and dipped in a dish of salt.
  • Rinse the walls and shower tiles immediately after scrubbing and check for any missed locations. Spray any remaining soap scum with your DIY cleaning solution and scrape after 5 minutes. Finish by carefully rinsing the area.
  • Drying your shower and wall tiles after removing soap scum is the best way to avoid hard water stains.

 

Vinegar-based solutions often work the best when it comes to cleaning stubborn soap scum and hard water stains.

Vinegar-based solutions often work the best when it comes to cleaning stubborn soap scum and hard water stains.

 

Shower Door Made of Glass

If you want to avoid using professional cleaning chemicals to remove soap scum from shower doors, there are several DIY solutions available.

What you need to do is as follows:

  • In a plastic dish, combine baking soda and white distilled vinegar to form a thick paste. Allow the items to react until the bubbling or foaming stops.
  • Apply the paste to the glass door by scooping up tiny quantities and spreading them all over the surface with a sponge or microfiber cloth.
  • Keep it on the glass for at least 15 minutes.
  • To remove the loosened soap scum, wet a clean microfiber towel and wipe the glass.
  • Spray the glass shower door with water to remove the baking soda and vinegar paste.
  • To avoid watermarks, dry the glass thoroughly with a cloth that has been rubbed free of lint.

 

Put distilled white vinegar to remove soap scum and mineral deposits on these protected metal finishes.

Put distilled white vinegar to remove soap scum and mineral deposits on these protected metal finishes.

 

Stainless Steel and Chrome Fixtures

In bathrooms, stainless steel and chrome showerheads and other fixtures are more susceptible to soap scum and hard water stains than those made of other metals. Addition to dulling metal fixtures, the development of this ugly residue detracts from the bathroom’s visual appeal!

Use the following approach to remove soap scum accumulation from your bathroom fixtures and restore their shine:

  • Equal parts of water and white distilled vinegar should be combined in a saucepan and warmed to room temperature.
  • Take a microfiber cleaning cloth and soak it in the solution before draping it over the fixture to dry it off.
  • After 5 minutes, use a towel to wipe off the chrome or stainless-steel fixture.
  • To complete, use a soft, clean cloth to buff the surface to a high-gloss finish.

To remove soap scum from your showerhead, immerse the fixture in equal parts of water and vinegar by putting a plastic bag (filled with the solution) over the showerhead and submerging it. Scrub it after 30 minutes with a soft sponge or microfibre cloth and then buff it dry.

 

Use a soft rag or sponge to dip into the soap mixture and scrub the tub or sink

Use a soft rag or sponge to dip into the soap mixture and scrub the tub or sink.

 

 

Porcelain Sinks and Bathtubs

Soap scum is as sticky to porcelain as gum is to shoes! Even worse, the longer you wait to remove it, the greater the amount of strength you’ll need. With this approach, you can successfully remove soap scum from your porcelain tub or sink.

You may do this by following the procedures outlined below.

  • Set aside a spray bottle containing undiluted vinegar.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the porcelain soon after dampening the surface with water so that the powder adheres to it.
  • As it sits on the surface, it produces a paste-like consistency. If necessary, after spraying on the vinegar, sprinkle extra baking soda on the sink or tub inside.
  • Allow the items to settle for about 30 minutes.
  • Use a moist cleaning brush to scour the porcelain.
  • Rinse the tub or sink well and inspect for soap scum. Do this again if necessary.
  • Use a lint-free cloth to dry the porcelain tub or sink after it has been thoroughly cleaned.

 

Even though old soap scum is difficult to remove, some components and cleaning procedures break down, making it a lot simpler than most people imagine. It’s time to learn how to get rid of years of soap scum buildup in your bathroom! So, put on your cleaning gloves and grab all the equipment and cleaning products you’ll need as you go on your mission to free your bathroom of that old soap scum!