How to Get Rid of Soap Scum

Isn’t it funny that something that gets your body squeaky clean – like soap – can make your bathtub and shower area so dirty?  It’s just one of life’s little ironies, we suppose. Luckily, we have a few different approaches not only for removing this stubborn, scaly build-up, but also for preventing future soap scum deposits. Read on to determine which method might work best for you.

Commercial Cleaners – Many popular store-bought cleaners do a decent job of getting rid of soap scum. And the process could not be easier. Simply spray down your bathtub and shower, let it sit for a few minutes, then give it a soft scrub with a sponge, brush, or cloth. Rinse clean and wipe dry with a clean towel.

DIY Cleaners – If you prefer the more natural DIY route, pour one cup of baking soda into a small bowl and add enough white vinegar to make a paste. After the fizzing stops, apply the mixture to your tub and shower, let it sit for 15 minutes, and wipe with a soft sponge before rinsing it clean and drying it with a towel.

Elbow Grease – If you have a porcelain tub and neither of the above methods produces the desired result, you can try removing soap scum with a wet pumice stone. However, be very careful as a dry stone or too much elbow grease can actually scratch the surface you’re working on. Use a stiff brush to remove soap scum from the pumice stone as it accumulates.

Once you’ve gotten rid of that nasty soap scum, follow these 3 tips to prevent it from coming back.

  1. Use a squeegee or towel to dry your shower and bathtub after each use to remove soap-scum-creating particles.
  2. Switch to liquid soap or shower gel as bar soap contains talc and fatty acids that contribute to soap scum
  3. If you have hard water, consider installing a water softener. The minerals in hard water react with your soap to create soap scum.

Here at Connor Plumbing, we have a variety of water treatment options available to you, and we’d be happy to tell you all about them.  With a whole-house water filter, for example, soft water is just the beginning.  You’ll also clean, chemical-free water to drink and cook with, and from every water source inside and outside your home.  Click here to read more or call us today for a free in-home consultation and proposal.

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