Yes, hire someone else and rebuild your entire shower from scratch. Failing the whopping budget for that, the easiest and best way I’ve found to deep clean your shower is to use the HomeRight SteamMachine.
(This is not a sponsored post however the links to purchase the Steam Machine are affiliate links – which means if you buy, 100Things2Do will get a small commission for sending you over.)
I thought my shower was relatively clean. I mean, I do the grout on my hands and knees using a nail brush a couple/few times a year, and in between that we have a cleaning lady that comes every other week that handles the drudgery.
Looks clean right?
We’ve had our morning showers so it’s still damp, but from this view it looks relatively clean I think? I do wear glasses, so I might be wrong.
Yes, yes I was!
Same shower from the first image, but with a close-up you can really see what’s ingrained in the grout and it’s gross! This is not pee – or so I’ve been promised by my family. This is soap and shampoo residue that has sat on the floor and started to grow mouldy/mildewy way down in the crevices of the grout.
We’ve tried bleach, and while it may have disinfected the shower, it certainly didn’t deep clean it. Instead, we just ended up with bleach in the grout and a chemical sting to the lungs for the first person in after it’s been bleached.
The main reason I bought the HomeRight SteamMachine was to tackle grout, so this seemed like the ideal scenario to test it out to see if it really could deep clean your shower.
To the left of the black tip you can see what I started with, and to the right you can see how the SteamMachine cleaned (and sanitized) the tiles and grout on the right.
What about the walls you ask? They were actually even easier to clean because they didn’t have as many grout lines. I used the nozzle you see above on the SteamMachine to loosen the mould, mildew and soap scum, and then I went back over everything with the nylon brush attachment to scrub the remaining dirt out.
Tell me watching deep-down-dirt disintegrate and wash away before your eyes isn’t gratifying and we can’t be friends.
There are a few stains that didn’t come out, but I hope you’ll agree that the difference is spectacular! Cleaner than bleach!
I used the SteamMachine on the grout, the tiles, the glass and even the hardware and plumbing – I don’t think there is an easier way to deep clean your shower – the machine does most of the work, you just have to guide the handle.
290° F steam means that there is nothing living when you’re done. There is an attachment to steam and squeegee the glass, but my package seems to be missing it (I’ll contact them later today and let you know how their customer service is)
I won’t lie to you, I was at it for a couple of hours – but it was my first clean with the HomeRight machine, so I’m guessing that if I keep on top of it, I could have this down to minutes going forward.
How about some side-by-sides so you can get a better visual:
In the photos its most noticeable on the walls, but IRL it’s an unbelievable difference in the floor. Hand-to-heart I promise you I’ve found this to be the best and easiest way to deep clean your shower.
My family is going to have to walk around stinking for a few days because I can’t bear for them to hop in and ruin my work.
For other Spring cleaning tips and tricks check out:
- Cleaning Blinds
- Organizing the Linen Closet
- How to clean cutlery scuffs off of dishes
- 100Things you can get rid of right now
Have a great one!