How to Clean a Dirty Shower Pan

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How to Clean a Dirty Shower Pan
Clean your shower thoroughly once a week. (shower image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com)

The pan, or base, of a shower can become soiled with dirt, grime, mildew and soap scum. It is hard to feel clean after stepping out of a dirty shower and showering in a dirty shower is not very hygienic. Clean a shower pan thoroughly at least once a week to remove stubborn dirt and soap scum. Wipe the pan down and rinse it well after each use to maintain a clean shower.

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Things you need

  • Sponge
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Citrus-based or bathroom cleaner
  • Stiff brush
  • White vinegar
  • Water softener
  • Baking soda
  • Ammonia

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash the area with a wet sponge and dishwashing liquid to remove surface dirt. Rinse well.

  2. 2

    Spray the entire surface of the shower pan with a citrus-based cleaning product or a cleaner designed for bathrooms. Allow the cleaner to sit for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Wipe the area with a clean sponge. Use a stiff brush to remove stubborn dirt or grime. Rinse well.

  1. 1

    Pour white vinegar over the pan and scrub with a stiff brush to remove mildew and soap scum. Rinse well. If the shower pan is not sufficiently clean, proceed to Step 2.

  2. 2

    Mix 1 cup hot water and 1 cup water softener. Apply the solution to the shower pan with a clean sponge. Scrub with a stiff brush, if needed. Rinse well. If the shower pan is not sufficiently clean, proceed to Step 3.

  3. 3

    Add 1 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup ammonia to 1 gallon of hot water. Apply the mixture to the shower pan with a clean sponge. Scrub with a stiff brush, if needed. If the shower pan is not sufficiently clean, proceed to Step 4.

  4. 4

    Apply ammonia or baking soda to stubborn stains with a clean sponge. Rinse well.

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