Yes, I hate smelling body oil and dirt in a shower. It is the worst! I don't know if my nose is unusual, but when I get a new house - I cringe at the smell of all the body oil/dirt. I really believe it is because people either don't know how to clean a shower correctly or just don't do it. Once I get a hold of some one's shower, the smell is gone for good with my regular cleaning.
However, the first couple of cleanings are a killer when I take on a new customer. I'm going to use pictures from two of my customers - One is the new house and the Other is a customer I've had for a long time with a sparkling clean shower.
As most of you know I added a new customer to my schedule last month and their shower was no exception. I did my second cleaning today and remembered to take some pictures as I cleaned it. It will continue to get cleaner each time I clean - but it has come a LONG WAY from my cleaning.
Note: If you have marble looking shower walls, DO NOT spray the Clorox clean up or any other type of spray. It will ruin the finish on marble looking shower walls.
For tile showers with bad grout, I spray on Clorox Clean-Up first to start getting rid of the mold/mildew. Make sure your fan is going to help with the toxic fumes.
If you need to get rid of black mold in a corner or floor, you can put Clorox on a Maxi-pad and leave over night. However, I don't have over night to get a customer shower clean so it will take scrubbing it many times until it becomes sparkling clean again.
Holy cow - look at the dirt I get out of the grout. (I actually think a lot of it is hair dye - at least I hope so.) The first time I cleaned the shower, it had caked on body dirt (I can't even describe it) and soap scum.
Keep scrubbing and scrubbing.
And scrubbing - it DOES take a lot of elbow grease if you have let your shower go.
Look at that dirt running down the walls. Keep repeating putting on the Soft Scrub with a sponge and then scrub with a scrubbing brush until the whole shower is done.
I can't even tell you the layers of dirt and soap scum I scrubbed off my new shower... Scrubbed and scrubbed until I actually could see the tile beneath...
It's just like a car out in the elements and rain - you use car wax... In a shower, the walls stay cleaner if you put a wax on the walls to repel the water and dirt. The water actually balls up on the walls after you protect it will furniture polish.
(Don't use Pledge Furniture Polish - it doesn't work. See post here:)
With the new shower - I put on a lot of furniture polish to get that protective coating. I used two dusting rags (with ridges).. One to put the polish on and buff up.. Then a dry one to buff and buff - shine and make slick.
Furniture polish is great for brushed nickel fixtures. I put it on all the fixtures, but the shiny fixtures need to be shined up with a window towel after you've put the polish on them. This protects them from getting water spots.
Aaaaaaahhhhh a beautiful and clean, clean shower that passes my nose test - LOL!!
It's better to have a regular cleaning schedule and keep it clean, mold free, grime free, germ free. A nice place to clean our bodies - how do you get a clean body when you clean in a filthy shower?? OR how do you get rid of athlete's foot or other diseases when it's there lurking on the shower floor...
I hope my cleaning tips will help you keep a clean shower that I won't wrinkle my nose at :D..