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How to Keep Your Shower Looking New

Want your shower to last as long as you live in your home? Use these 4 tips from Domestic CEO to keep your shower looking great for years to come!

By
Amanda Thomas
September 26, 2013
Episode #079

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Tip #2: Watch for Filthy Feet

Now that your shower’s glass walls are clean, it’s time to make sure the floor of your shower doesn’t get nasty. The biggest culprit of a black shower floor is filthy feet. If you walk around barefoot or wear flip flops, chances are your feet become a lovely shade of brown or black on the bottom. When you step into your nice, clean, white shower, all that grime gets transferred to your shower floor. Unless that grime is cleaned up relatively quickly, it will end up staining your shower floor and making it look permanently dirty.

The biggest culprit of a black shower floor is filthy feet...Unless that grime is cleaned up relatively quickly, it will end up staining and look permanently dirty.

You can prevent this grime from accumulating by taking a few small steps. The first would be to take a wet washcloth and wipe your feet clean before you get into your shower. If you are thinking to yourself, “That’s silly! Why would I clean my feet before getting into the shower?” you can also use that washcloth to stand on while you are in the shower. That way all the dirt and grime goes into the cloth instead of the shower floor. A bathmat will also work well for this if you don’t want to dirty up all your washcloths and small towels.

If you usually forget to clean your feet before you get into the shower, just keep a small scrub brush in the corner. Before you get out, turn the water off, dribble a little shampoo on the floor, and give it a really quick scrub with the brush. When you turn the water back on, your shower floor will be clean again. Super simple and will save you tons of scrubbing down the road.

Tip #3: Use Liquids Only

The third tip to keeping your shower looking like new has to do with my personal pet peeve: Bar soap. It goes hand in hand with the yucky feeling I get when cleaning showers. I totally get it if you like to use bar soap. It’s economical and most of us grew up using it. The things I have a problem with are the soap chunks and drips that it leaves all over showers.

If you are going to use bar soap, you can still enjoy the benefits of a nice, pretty, clean shower, but it takes a little extra work. When you are done showering, use a washcloth to wipe the ledge below your bar soap. If there’s anything stuck to the ledge, scrub it off so it doesn’t accumulate. If you do this on a regular basis, you’ll never have to scrape soap scum drips from nooks and crannies and walls of your shower.

Or, if you want the super simple way to prevent this, simply switch to liquid body wash. As long as you keep your bottles tipped upright so they don’t leak all over, liquid body soap will help you keep your shower free of globs of soapy messes. Trust me, your house cleaner will appreciate you making the switch.

Tip #4: Keep Your Caulk Fresh

The final tip on how to keep your shower looking new has to do with preventing mold. Most times, if a shower has mold growing in the corners, it’s because the caulking is old. Caulking is what’s used to seal all the seams in your shower tile. Typically it’s white, is in the corners, and squishes a little if you stick your fingernail into it. It creates a watertight seal to keep moisture from getting behind the tiles or walls of your shower.

When caulk dries up or starts to peel away, small amounts of water can get behind the caulk and start to grow mold. Caulking is not hard to replace, but if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself, you can usually hire a handyman for a small fee to complete the job. Just make sure you can spare your shower for a few days because the process requires time to remove the caulk, allow the wall behind to dry out, then apply the new caulk and let it dry for 24 hours. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be done often if it’s done correctly. Most showers can get away with around 5 years of use before needing to replace their caulking.

So those are my 4 tips on how to keep your shower always looking new. As you can see, 3 of the 4 can be done in less than 30 seconds before or after your shower. These are little changes to make in your routine, but they will make a big difference in how well your shower ages.

How does your shower look? Does it look younger than its years, or older than it should? Tweet me a picture of your shower @thedomesticceo and we’ll find the best and the worst among us!

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.

Glass shower, housekeeper, and shower tile mages courtesy of Shutterstock.

 

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