Can anyone suggest a good way to remove hard water deposits (& soap residue)
from the tile in my shower? Also, does tile degrade over time? I am trying
to find a way to restore the shine to my shower. :)
I use a tip I learned from my dh who cleaned many tile showers in the
Army.... rubbing alcohol will remove hard water deposits and soap residue.
Once removed, you can use baby oil or car wax on the tile for a "protective"
coating. If you maintain this coating, nothing will stick.
The tile won't degrade but the grout and caulking may... and of course, the
tile can crack, chip, break, etc.
Do you actually use baby oil or car wax on your tile? I would think that
the oil would just bead up on the glazed tile. The glazed surface is very
like glass and you can imagine what oil on glass would be like. I think the
car wax might work for a while and then get blotchy where it wears off, not
to mention the likelihood of accumulating in the grout lines. The beauty of
glazed tile is that it doesn't need any sealers and is durable enough to
scrub. Once clean, tile is easy to maintain. A steam cleaner will remove
the soap scum build up and an acid like CLR or The Works will remove mineral
build up. For extra tough areas I would use some of the new Dawn Power
Dissolver. Misting the tile with one of the after shower mists will
virtually prevent any future problems. I have a hand held shower head and I
always take a minute to rinse the shower stall before I mist it.
Yes, I use baby oil on the tile and the glass doors. The oil doesn't bead
up... I squirt it on, rub it over the entire surface, then buff off. Been
doing this for years...figure dh had some experience w/this so I believed
him and tried it... no shower tile in my house goes without.
Try CLR or The Works. Plain vinegar may do the job, although less
effective than the mentioned products. After shower sprays are easy
and work to keep from the build up. Glazed tile will not degrade, but
the grout will deteriorate if not sealed properly. Shine the metal
fixtures with Brasso or other metal polish. Gold fixtures should
never be polished.
What I have found that works REALLY good on soap scum and hard water
stains(like on outside windows that get hit with the sprinkler water!) is
"Humidifier Cleaner". I know it sounds funny. You can sometimes find it on
sale at a garage sale or thrift store--get it at the cheapest place you can.
All brands seem to be the same.
I spray it on full strength to a small area of about 1' x 1'. Use gloves on
your hands. Let it work in for just a few minutes then use one of those
"Scotch" type green scouring pads and lightly scrub in a circular motion. Do
small sections at a time so you know if you are getting the job done. Rinse
it as you have areas completed. You may have to repeat this process several
I have used car wax on tiles before with a glowing shine as the result!!
NOW TO KEEP IT CLEAN!!!!!!
Once you have the area as clean as you can get it......EVERY TIME you take a
shower do one of the following: (I recommend #2)
1) make a spray of distilled water and "Jet Dry" and spray itlightly on the
tiles, tub, curtain and chrome.
2) and this really doesn't take a lot time. Have a dry hand towel hanging in
the shower at all times and wipe down the shower tiles and tub and chrome
EVERY TIME you shower.Seriously--it takes less than a minute!!
NOW.......if your tiles and tub are REALLY in TERRIBLE shape and the above
doesn't work....... Please contact me for further instructions!!
Brillo pads will leave fine scratches in fiberglass. The scratches
will then collect soap, scum, and dirt. Use a non-abrasive cleaner
for the bathroom, Brillo pads for the iron skillet.
On Sun, 9 Nov 2003 00:19:15 -0500, "Julie Moretto"
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