I have a 10 year old house, with 2 showers,
and I'm having a hard time cleaning the plastic floors.
It's some sort of space age plastic, that stains easily.
I think I've tried almost everything, including a little bleach.
I do have some toilet cleaner that has acid [The Works],
but I'm afraid to try this stuff.
[i posted this over in alt.home.cleaning, but i didn't realize that group had
such little use]
Bleach and some scouring power will probably work, but the floors of
the shower will restain again quickly if you don't take some permanent
action to resurface it.I would go to a local hardware store - not a
big box - and see what they have in the paint dept in the nature of
epoxy floors. Is the floor COMPLETELY rigid, so you could tile it?
thanks, i will try the scouring bleach
i don't mind it getting stained again, if i just know how to clean it
the floor is like on of those low Tubs, so tile is out
painting doesn't sound like a good option to me
Abrasive will remove plastic. It's probably a gel coat and if too much
is removed and you get down to the composite, it will probably stain
even worse. You need to talk to the manufacturer or someone that sells
a kit for this job.
I've had good luck with the Rust-X stuff, basically oxalic acid
crystals. But if the surface glaze is gone, it will stain again quickly.
You can either clear-coat it, or try to keep a good coat of auto wax on
it. (learned that trick years ago living in cheap apartments with
plastic shower stalls.) If you have the pebble-texture finish on floor,
it won't be too slippery, but you should probably be the first user to
test it, and maybe use a tub mat if it feels dangerous.
In a previous house we had a shower base made out of plastic. Forgot the
tradename - something stone. Glaze wore off after a couple of years and made it
impossible to clean. Ended up having a tub repair guy do an acrylic refinish.
That looked great again for a few years, but was starting to wear when we sold
thanks for all the good ideas to try
it just occured to me it might be Fiberglass,
not plastic [they look similar]
it has a bumpy stone feel to it
and a Mat is a good idea [i have a mat in the bathtub]
my bathtub is metal
If the drain is in the middle of the shower floor (like mine) you would
need to cut a hole in the mat or mop up a flood ;)
Comet spray gel (the kind with bleach) gets rid of the red mold that
forms under the faucets and the black mold that loves it under the wall
lip where it joins the floor pan. Apply to a dry surface (it sticks
better) and let it stand overnight. But its not cheap and the dirt and
soap scum where you stand needs scrubbed anyway so just mix your own
solution as a gallon of bleach is cheap and goes along way (one part
bleach to three parts water in a used spray bottle). After the solution
drys the next day I use a toilet brush (its easier on the back and does
a better job) on the wall lip and a regular handled scrub brush for the
floor pan. Get naked, pull the curtain/door, scrub and rinse everything
with a small pail.
Sounds like this expensive Comet spray gel doesn't do any better than
just bleach. I used to get a Zep ? mold remover from Home Despot,
but it never did a great job. So one day I said the hell with it and
just used plain bleach, which worked great.
My wife uses The Works, not the green crap the regular toilet stuff. A
couple of years ago, our pool had a nasty stain along the walls and
bottom. Tried about everything on it and nothing even touched it. Wife
brought out a spray bottle of the works and it melted it off with ease.
I went to every damned store around, and all they had was the green
crap. Finally, I looked it up on the internet and ACE hardware had it.
I called them, and bought every bottle they had, which was in the back
room, they didn't have any sitting out? Anywho, it doesn't hurt our
plastic shower at all, so give it a shot.
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