Residential Cleaning: How to Prevent Soap Scum Buildup

Posted on 09/19/12 in GREAT WHITE BLOG, No Comments

 Residential Cleaning: How to Prevent Soap Scum Buildup

Soap scum buildup has a reputation for being notoriously hard to remove once it sets in. Prevention provides the best cure for soap scum buildup and, luckily, preventing buildup only takes a few minutes each day when following a daily cleaning regimen. Regimented cleaning provides a method to remove tough, set in soap scum and contacting a residential cleaning company in Connecticut provides an alternative to getting rid of the soap scum yourself. Once the soap scum has been removed, keep up on the maintenance with a simple daily routine without having to spend a significant amount of time cleaning.

Daily Maintenance

Each day after taking a shower, using your sink, or taking a bath, rinse off any soap from the surface and wipe the surfaces clean. This helps prevent soap scum from getting a foothold and creating buildup in the first place. Scrubbing isn’t usually required if you perform this simple, daily maintenance task. For more stubborn situations, mix one part ammonia to two parts water. Place the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the surface. Let the mixture soak in for a few minutes, then wipe the surface down with a clean cloth.

Weekly Maintenance

Each week, check to ensure that no soap scum has begun to build up in your shower, sink, or tub. If you notice soap scum building up, get a cup or two of vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle. Again, spray down the entire surface area and after waiting about five minutes, rub down the entire surface with a cloth. This helps to separate the soap scum from the surface, and provides a way to kill bacteria and prevents the onset of some types of mold as well. If you have extra dryer sheets, you can use these to scrub down the shower and remove any soap scum that has built up.

Key Takeaways:

  • Preventative maintenance derails soap scum and reduces the need to hire a residential cleaning company on a monthly basis.
  • Wipe down surfaces each day to remove excess soap and sludge that may set in creating soap scum.
  • Use a mixture of ammonia and water to clean mild soap scum off walls.
  • Use straight vinegar to tackle stubborn soap scum.

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