The Steamatic Guide for Removing Soap Scum
We've all seen it; that dreaded of scum around the tub caused by soap. It's unsightly and unwanted, but luckily, easily fixable. Soap scum accumulates after every bath and shower. As time passes, the minerals from the water and elements from the soap combine to create soap scum, which is similar in properties to concrete!
It’s not just soap making up this grime, it is also dirty, body oils, and dead human skin. The longer you wait to clean the soap scum, the more difficult it will be to remove. Make sure this is part of your cleaning routine and save yourself the hassle of dealing with an impossible to remove soap scum ring!
Combine 1 cup of borax, 2 Tbs. Detergent, and 1 or 2 cups of water. The consistency should seem like a thick pancake batter, almost paste like. Using a brush and your borax solution, use circular motions on your soap scum ring and clean the affected area. Let this sit for at least 15 minutes, but make sure that the mixture does not dry. If you notice the solution drying, scrub it off right away. Continue brushing until the soap scum is gone, then simply rinse the area with hot water and wipe away any remaining traces of grime.
Baking Soda Solution
Thanks to baking sodas abrasive feature, it will help you scrub away your soap scum while also adding deodorizing properties to your cleaning. Simply mix 1 cup of baking soda, 1 Tbs. of detergent, and 1-2 cups of water together. You’ll have another thick-batter like consistency. Dip a soft bristle brush into the solution and apply it to the soap scum ring. Again, let it sit for 15 minutes. After you have waited, brush the soap scum and it should come off quickly and easily. Rinse the area with hot water and wipe.
The acidic properties of vinegar is great for cutting grease, which is an element of your soap scum ring. Furthermore, vinegar also has deodorizing properties, which will remove odours from your tub or shower. Mix 4 cups water, 4 cups vinegar, and 1 Tbs. detergent in a spray bottle. Spray the affected area and let it sit for a minimum of 15 minutes. Scrub with a soft bristled brush and rinse the area.
Alkaline products, such as ammonia, are amazing options if you need to cut through waxy soap scum build up. Warning: make sure to crack open a window! The smell of ammonia is quite strong. Mix 1:2 parts ammonia and water in a spray bottle. Like before, you will want to spray the solution on to the soap scum, but instead wait a minimum of 30 minutes. However, do not allow the ammonia solution to dry. Scrub the area with a soft bristled brush and then properly rinse and wipe.