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Spring Cleaning: Want to Get your Shower/Tub to Look New Again

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Spring Cleaning is going to be in full swing over the next few weeks.  One place that you visit every day to get CLEAN may need its own DEEP CLEANING. That is your Shower/Tub.  Are you satisfied on the way it looks inside?  Do you have a Tub with the Sand-like Paper bottom that is there for your safety but is more like an eye-soar? Have you tried everything ?

Recently, I used Goody’s, a Hard Surface Restoration and Cleaning Service Company, to help me on a recent project.

Here are the Before/After pictures along with some helpful tips on how you can keep your Shower/Tub Clean:

by David Goodson (GoodyClean.com)

Before and After Tub


Procedures for Cleaning Ceramic and Porcelain

Always vacuum or sweep your entire tile floor thoroughly to remove all the loose dirt and dust before wet cleaning as outlined in the following paragraphs.


If there are no stained areas on the floor, a damp mop (swifter type or microfiber mop) should be used. Neutral or mild cleaners are all that is necessary to effectively clean tile and if your grout has been sealed, the same is true of the grout.  We recommend buying an inexpensive concentrated window cleaner, dilute 4 ounces with about 1 gallon of warm water. This can be applied to the tile using a spray bottle. Lightly spray the floor and allow it to dwell about 3-4 minutes to allow the cleaner to begin to work. Remember; only use as little water as necessary. Excess water causes the dirt to become water-borne and settles in the grout lines. There the water will evaporate leaving the crusty dirt behind. This should be all the regular cleaning necessary.




Before and After Shower

Heavy Cleaning

If it is necessary to use large amounts of water to clean the tile, follow the instructions below and always use a heavy towel to dry most of the water from the grout lines after cleaning.

1.)       Mix 4 ounces of window cleaner with one gallon of warm water.

2.)       Apply cleaner to the floor with a mop, allow to stand on the floor 3 to 4 minutes (no scrubbing), this will allow cleaner to emulsify and loosen any dirt and oils on your floor.

3.)     Use a micro fiber mop and dry the floor.

The final step is to dry the grout lines. Liquids settle in the grout lines because they are slightly lower. To prevent the now dirty cleaner from drying in the grout lines and leaving a dirty residue on the Color Seal, the final step must be to dry the grout line to complete the floor cleaning process and keep your floor looking like it did when our technicians completed our process to your floor.

4.)     Place the towel on the floor and using the swifter mop on top of the towel (as a handle) push the towel along the grout lines to remove any remaining water. Remember cleaning fluid evaporates but dirt does not.             

For color sealed grout that may begin looking dirty with uneven color in high traffic areas do the following:  First, pour a small amount of undiluted window cleaner on the grout line in that high traffic area.  Second, allow the cleaner to stand on that grout line for 3 to 4 minutes (do NOT scrub or agitate).  And finally, with a clean cloth or even a paper towel wipe up the cleaner.

Cleaning Procedures for natural stone

Floor Surfaces
Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean non-treated dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the sand, dirt and grit that will scratch the stone floor. Be sure that the underside of the mat or rug is a non-slip surface. Normally, it will take a person about eight steps on a floor surface to remove sand or dirt from the bottom of their shoes. Do not use vacuum cleaners that are worn. The metal or plastic attachments or the wheels may scratch the surface.

Other Surfaces
Clean stone surfaces with a few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap or a mild liquid dish washing detergent and warm water. Use a clean rag mop on floors and a soft cloth for other surfaces for best results. Too much cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks. Do not use products that contain lemon, vinegar or other acids on marble or limestone. Rinse the surface thoroughly after washing with the soap solution and dry with a soft cloth. Change the rinse water frequently. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.

Bath and Other Wet Areas

In the bath or other wet areas, soap scum can be minimized by using a squeegee after each use. To remove soap scum, use a non-acidic soap scum remover or a solution of ammonia and water (about 1/2 cup ammonia to a gallon of water). Frequent or over-use of an ammonia solution may eventually dull the surface of the stone.

Vanity Top Surfaces
Vanity tops may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. A good quality marble wax or non-yellowing automobile paste wax can be applied to minimize water spotting. A good sealer is recommended. Even liquid soap can leave a stain behind when spilled and left on your vanity top if it is not sealed properly.

Food Preparation Areas
In food preparation areas, the stone may need to have a penetrating sealer applied. If a sealer is applied, be sure that it is non-toxic and safe for use on food preparation surfaces. We have a few different sealers to choose from.

Outdoor Pool & Patio Areas
In outdoor pool, patio or hot tub areas, flush with clear water and use a mild bleach solution to remove algae or moss. Call us for an annual renewal cleaning to help keep the deep rooted dirt out.


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