How to Clean Years of Soap Scum

How to Clean Years of Soap Scum

Are you tired of taking a bath and constantly seeing water lines or that residue that you’ve tried countless times to try a wash and cleaning?

The chances are you may have soap scum, which is a result of mineral salts and is perfectly normal. 

What Causes Soap Scum? 

Soap scum is perfectly normal, especially in homes where there is hard water. Another name for soap scum is lime soap, as soap scum leaves this chalk-like appearance and texture. 

Certain products can cause soap scum more than others, and they can form not just in shower stalls or bathtubs but any sink or appliance that may fill with water. 

When it comes to soap scum, it can be annoying and frustrating to remove, especially if left unaddressed and not routinely cleaned; however, some things can be done to prevent and mitigate difficult soap scum build-up. 

How to Prevent Soap Scum 

Depending on where one lives, it may be difficult to avoid having soap scum built up; however, some things can be done to prevent it, if not address the build-up. 

Tips to Preventing Soap Scum Build-Up Include:

Liquid soap – When taking a bath or shower, consider using liquid soap, as it does not leave the same type of residue that a bar soap does. Bar soaps are one of the leading causes of soap scum in a bathroom. 

Degreasing agent – Using store-bought cleaning spray, you can squirt directly onto the spot with the build-up and scrub or wipe away. In some situations, it may require multiple applications to remove any sign of the soap scum altogether.

If you live where your water is in a well or have your own water system, consider using septic and well-safe products because some chemicals could be harmful to your system. 

Vinegar and water – Those who prefer a more holistic if not natural way of removing soap scum can use equal parts of vinegar and water and spray the affected area.

Like the decreasing agent, when cleaning with vinegar or a degreasing agent, it is best to use a soft bristle to help lift the surface build-up. If you don’t want your bathroom or the place to smell like vinegar, you can add essential oils such as lavender to offset the smell. 

Dry wet spots – It may seem like more work; however, drying wet areas can prevent the build-up of soap scum. After a shower or bath, you can dry off the walls or areas with water.

This may seem counter-intuitive to do after a bath; however, if you are adamant about preventing soap scum, it is one thing that can be done. It is important to use a dry cloth, not a damp cloth, as it could actually contribute to soap scum build-up when drying wet spots. 

Lemon oil – A recommendation known to work is that after you have cleaned the affected areas, applying lemon oil can prevent the build-up of the scum over time.

It may not happen immediately, but many have claimed that by using this as part of their cleaning routine, the soap scum was not only easier to clean but was not as prevalent. 

These are a few tips that homeowners have used to help fight the soap scum build-up; however, there is an alternative solution that can be just as beneficial: hiring professionals. 

Why Hire a Professional Cleaner? 

Hiring a professional cleaner means that you can rest assured that when it comes to the equipment and cleaning solutions used, they are going to know what is the best solution for your home or business.

They understand how to address problems such as soap scum and can provide quick and fast solutions that won’t leave you cleaning and on your knees for hours. 

When it comes to a professional cleaner, they can offer the four benefits: 

  1. Thorough – Cleaning professionals are thorough. Whether it’s your bathroom you want them to focus on or your whole home or business, whatever your needs are, they can provide top to bottom services. When it comes to professional cleaning, to succeed as professional cleaners, thoroughness is a must as not being so can impact future and potential clients. 
  2. Equipped – Keep in mind not everyone is going to have the equipment to properly clean; more importantly, not everyone is going to have the industrial and commercial scale cleaning equipment that professional cleaners are going to have. Professional cleaners have access to commercial-grade cleaners that often can not be purchased at any ordinary store, which means they may have a solution to your cleaning problem that you may not even be aware of. 
  3. More time – Believe it or not but hiring a professional cleaner can provide you with more time, which means you can focus on your personal or professional endeavors rather than spend your time cleaning. This is a huge benefit, especially when dealing with hard-to-clean issues like soap scum build-up. 
  4. Hygenic – If anyone knows cleanliness and hygiene, it’s professional cleaners. Professional cleaners have a standard for cleanliness that helps create a healthier environment and prevents germs from going unaddressed. They have a level of cleanliness that is unparallel to the ordinary home or business owner. 

These are just a few of the benefits that come with hiring knowledgeable professionals to address your cleaning needs. 

Clean Group – The Go-To for Professional Cleaners

The next time you need to hire professional cleaners in and around the Sydney area, consider contacting the Clean Group. Providing affordable and thorough services, Clean Group is one of the few companies that use an electrostatic disinfection method, unlike any other approach that other professional cleaning companies use. 

Regardless of the space, warehouse, residential, or commercial, Clean Group is able to provide reliable and thorough services. 

Clean Group can provide free quotes and assessments so that potential and future clients can have all the information they need to make a smart choice of whom to hire. At Clean Group, you can rest assured that we offer competitive and affordable prices, no matter how big or small the job is. 

Don’t miss out – clean that soap scum or dirt away; reach out to Clean Group today!

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About the Author

Hi, this is Beau. I am a full-time accountant and part-time writer, working with Clean Group for over six years now. I mostly work at the back end, managing the company accounts and keeping everything organised. Having been in this business for almost a decade now, I know how to successfully manage a cleaning business and bring profits without compromising quality and ensuring the best value of money for my customers. I also routinely participate in the process to create cleaning packages that are centred on customers’ needs and designed to be affordable yet profitable for the company.

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