I have to admit that a bathroom with a fiberglass shower looks good. There is a certain touch and feel that it creates in the bathroom. As much as it looks good, it is a very delicate surface and needs to be taken good care of.
When droplets of hard water dry on a surface, hard water spots also called lime scale occur. The water from the surface evaporates and leaves the surface looking like overlapping scales. The lime scales are what gives soap scum something to stick on and soap scum build-up happens.
When this occurs, the fiberglass doors cease from looking all good to staining the image of the bathroom. Keeping a clean and fresh looking bathroom is very important for quite a number of reasons. One is because accidents like slipping have a high chance of occurring in a disorganized bathroom and two for hygiene purposes. You should be very careful especially where children are involved.
Maintenance of fiberglass can be a challenge and at times it may feel like you are fighting a losing battle. Cleaning these surfaces needs to be on a regular basis if you would want this surface to retain its original look. These doors are durable and with the correct care, they can last longer and look great always.
Cleaning them on a regular basis is a good way to start. Depending on your schedule, you can decide to clean them thoroughly on a monthly basis or weekly basis.
Both timings are okay but it is important that after every bath, you do a quick and easy rinse of the fiberglass. This will help prevent the formation of the soap scum and mineral deposits. Make sure to use a non-abrasive terrycloth towel for this. Wipe the shower area, the tub and all fixtures. This helps in removing moisture that would form into mold and mildew if left like that.
When it comes to thorough cleaning of the fiberglass doors, there are two ways of cleaning them. Cleaning using natural formulas and cleaning using store bought products. Keeping in mind that these doors are delicate, deciding on the method to use is important. You do not want the fiberglass looking all dull because you used harsh products. Cleaning these surfaces can be hard but with the right products, it can be easy and fast.
Vinegar is a natural product that can be used in cleaning fiberglass. It will not only disinfect but it will also give you an inexpensive and natural clean. When cleaning, some sodium bicarbonate (soda) can be used with the vinegar. This combination is very effective and it is gentle to the fiberglass at the same time.
What you can do is sprinkle some baking soda over the surface, then spray the white vinegar on the surface. This will form a paste which you will go ahead and gently scrub using a non-abrasive sponge. When the results are satisfying, rinse the surface with water. This can also be done to the bath tub and any fixtures in the bathroom.
While natural products are best for cleaning fiberglass showers, some spots may be very hard to get rid of. This is where commercial products come in. Bringing in the help of store bought products can help with the spots. You will still need the baking soda and vinegar paste.
You should let the paste settle on the surface for a while, then scrub and rinse the surface. Introduction of some small amount of soap or hydrogen peroxide will help you deal with the stubborn stains. When the stains seem to be resistant, try upgrading to something similar but more potent like the combination of Borax and lemon. Use these products when you see it is really necessary.
Make sure to scrub lightly to avoid scratches on the surface. It is also important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using these products as they can damage the surfaces.
The natural products are inexpensive and will be gentle to your fiberglass. They are the most recommended way of washing these surfaces. But from time to time, there will be need to bring in store bought products to help out. Always remember to scrub these surfaces lightly to avoid damaging the fiberglass.