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Albuquerque Experts Discuss How to Remove and Prevent Shower Soap Scum
Soap scum is like a devious menace that refuses to go away. No matter how often you remove soap scum buildup, it seems to return with a vengeance.
That’s why Yourson Construction not only wants to help you remove your shower’s soap scum, but we want to help you prevent it from coming back. Our shower soap scum remover experts in Albuquerque are here to help you!
What is soap scum?
Soap scum begins its life as mineral deposits. These deposits then combine with soap. Unfortunately, this mixture often contains dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria. That’s why it’s essential to remove soap scum as often as possible.
Removing Shower Soap Scum
Products from Stores
Buying a soap scum-removing product is one solution. When buying a commercial cleaner, consider your shower’s surfaces. Some cleaners are more abrasive than others. Also, consider the type of solvents that work best for your home. Some cleaners use natural, plant-based solvents compared to artificial and chemical-based solvents.
DIY Soap Scum Removers
Homemade cleaners are another option that ensures you know the ingredients in the remover.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Make a paste by adding a small amount of vinegar to one cup of baking soda. Once you have a paste consistency, use a sponge to apply it to your shower’s surfaces.
After 15 minutes, wipe the mixture off with a nonabrasive sponge and rinse with water.
Dish Detergent and Vinegar
In a spray bottle, combine equal amounts of vinegar and water. Next, add one tablespoon of dish detergent. Spray the mixture onto your shower’s surfaces.
After 15 minutes, scrub the surfaces with a soft-bristled brush and rinse with hot water.
Pumice Stone and Razor
With porcelain surfaces, gently using a pumice stone can be a good option.
Wet the pumice stone and gently scrub the surface. Once the pumice breaks up the soap scum, use a soft-bristled brush to scrub off the remaining buildup. You may need to repeat this process for heavier buildup.
For thicker layers of soap scum, try using a razor to scrape off the buildup.
Avoid using a pumice stone or abrasive cleaners on fiberglass or acrylic surfaces.
Preventing Shower Soap Scum
Switch to a Shower Gel
Try using shower gels instead of bar soaps. Bar soaps contain talc and fatty acids that readily bind to water minerals.
Keep Your Shower Dry
Keep your shower dry by wiping water off the surfaces after you use the shower. You can use a towel or squeegee for this process. This action will help you wipe away the scum before it can dry and build up.
Soften Your Water
Hard water contains minerals that create shower soap scum. Installing a water softening system helps remove mineral deposits from your home’s water. This will help to prevent soap scum buildup.
Use a Daily Shower Cleaner
Daily shower cleaners can be bought or created at home. These cleaners are applied after the shower is used and don’t need to be wiped up after application.
Now that you know the Albuquerque expert’s shower soap scum removal and prevention techniques, maybe it’s time to remodel your bathroom.
When looking for experienced technicians to help remodel your bathroom, check out Yourson Construction. With over 30 years of experience remodeling Albuquerque’s bathrooms, we pride ourselves on using quality materials and giving exemplary service.