Your shower may look clean, but is there more going on than meets the eye? There are many hiding places for microorganisms that many homeowners are not aware of. Luckily, Precision Glass put together a list of the top hot-spots in your shower, and a few tips on how to banish that bacteria.
Here are some of the top places bacteria is hiding out in your shower:
Underneath Your Shampoo Bottle
That’s right. Your favorite cleanser for your hair can create a hairy situation. Shampoo bottles can cover little pools of water and create a humid environment as perfect as a petri dish for fostering life.
Shower Door Tracks
Water can easily pool in your shower door tracks. They are also often overlooked during cleaning, which allows bacteria and soap scum to form many layers before the living grime is ever noticed.
While many people become aware of mold when they see stained grout, it is often overlooked until it is bold enough to be undeniable. Even grout that looks mold free can have several layers of soap scum, lime deposits, and biofilm setting the foundation for a much darker manifestation that can seem to appear overnight.
Shower curtains are hard to clean because they’re so flexible. They also stay damp for long periods and are often left pressed against the side of the bathtub after a shower. The bottom of the shower curtain has no chance to dry, and biofilm, often composed of Serratia marcescens and other organisms that stain the curtain a pink or orange color, can build up quickly.
Non-Slip Shower Mat
Many shower mats use little suction cups to attach to the bottom of your tub or shower. The mat itself sits slightly above the shower floor. This creates a humid environment where soap scum and mineral deposits have likely formed. When you pull up the mat to clean it, you’ll likely be greeted by a slimy mess and tiny circular stains.
How to Banish Biofilm
It’s important to keep bacterial growth at bay, but make sure to use the right tool for the job. Acidic cleaners can damage many types of tile, especially those made of stone such as travertine. They can also etch into glass and damage sealants and finishes. Harsh physical abrasives can do just as much damage.
Other than using a squeegee after each shower, here are some tips for avoiding unpleasant and unhealthy buildup in your shower:
- Use a gentle cream scrub on your shower floor and in shower door tracks. Use a non-scratching brush or microfiber cloth to get in hard to clean areas such as corners and edges. It is also safe for grout and many types of stone tile. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and consider drying shower door tracks with a clean microfiber towel.
- Remove your non-slip shower mat and hang to dry after every shower.
- Store shampoo bottles in a shower caddy or basket that will allow the bottom of the bottle to dry in between showers.
- Give your shower curtain some time to dry out, without bunching or folding it, after each shower. Don’t forget the area where the curtain may press against your bathtub. If you still have a problem with buildup, try a daily shower cleaner, but avoid spraying it on delicate stone tile.
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- Don’t forget to give your shower head and drain cover a good cleaning from time to time, as they can also be an attractive place for bacteria to grow.
- Be sure and wipe down your shower caddy, shampoo and conditioner bottles, and any other shower tools when doing your routine cleaning. A quick swipe with a microfiber cloth can save time and keep your shower looking clean and fresh in between deep cleanings.