You surely know that white film that accumulates on the sink, bathtub and shower. It is soap scum. It builds up on surfaces as a result of a reaction of soap and hard water. If you want your bathroom to be scum-free you need to take measures before it’s too late. Soap scum that isn’t washed regularly can become concrete, which makes it very difficult to remove. Bar soaps have talc, which is the basis of soap scum. So, if you want to minimize soap scum you had better use liquid soap.
In this article, we are going to talk about how you can remove soap scum in your bathroom. So, read on.
Necessary tools and materials
• Baking soda
• White vinegar
• Dishwashing liquid
• Baby or lemon oil
• Old toothbrush
• Laundry stain remover (not necessary)
• Powder laundry detergent (not necessary)
• Ammonia (not necessary)
• Epsom salts (not necessary)
• White wine (not necessary)
Tip 1: Use baking soda or white vinegar to scrub the scum foam from sinks and bathtub. On a damp sponge, spray some vinegar or apply baking soda, laundry detergent, or borax. Use the sponge to scrub all soap scum.
Another way you can go is to use an old toothbrush and dishwashing detergent. Scrub with the brush until all soap scum is gone. In addition, you can also use lemon oil. Apply it over the damaged surface and using circular motions with a sponge remove the scum. After that use a soft cloth to rinse.
Use laundry stain remover. Spray the liquid onto the troubled area and let it rest for 15 minutes. When the time is up, rinse and dry with a towel.
Don’t forget to dry the shower, sink and tub after cleaning. By removing the water you will reduce the risk of more soap scum building up onto the surface.
Tip 2: If the scum is tougher, apply baking soda onto the stain and wait for 15 minutes for the soda to work. Scrub with a sponge. Or you may as well prepare a solution of 1 gallon of water and half cup of ammonia. Sprinkle the solution directly to the troubled area and scrub well. After that rinse with water and dry with a towel. Be careful with the ammonia! It is toxic, which is why you should wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Also make sure you keep it out of reach of children and pets.
Tip 3: In order to prevent soap scum from accumulating onto tubs, showers and sinks, make sure you towel dry the surface every time you use them. If you don’t have time and aren’t willing to this every time, you can also use daily shower cleaners. These products are sprayed on the wet surfaces right after each use. You don’t need to rinse with most of these products. Just make sure you buy the kind of cleaner that doesn’t need rinsing.
Instead of buying shower cleaners, you can use another method. While you are still in the bath, taking a shower, spray the walls and surfaces with white wine or white vinegar and rinse with water. This will help prevent scum from accumulating in the bathroom.
The same thing could be done using baby oil, car wax or lemon oil. Applying one of these on the walls of the bathroom while you are in the shower will keep water from getting trapped there and forming soap scum. However, you should keep in mind that the oil should be applied on the walls, not on the floor. Otherwise you may slip and hurt yourself.
Baby oil can also be applied on shower curtains. This will prevent soap scum. Of course, if your feel your bathroom is in need of professional attention, the use a site like TrustATrader to find a local professional cleaner.