Friday, 11 April 2014

Eliminating Soap Scum From Bathroom Tiles

The term soap scum is used to refer the white, solid residue that's left behind after using convention soap. Many people mistakenly believe it's caused by mold and mildew, but soap scum is actually caused by the chemical reactions between the organic fatty acids found in soap and the mineral compositions of the water. When these two elements are combined, it forms the white residue known as soap scum.

Soap scum is generally considered a nuisance, as it creates an unattractive, dirty appearance that takes away from the bathroom's natural beauty. When it forms on vinyl shower curtains, however, soap scum can create a microfilm of potentially harmful bacteria.

Contrary to what some people may believe, bleach is not a recommended product for cleaning bathroom soap scum. The problem with bleach isn't its effectiveness to eliminate soap scum, but rather the damage it causes to the tiles and grout. Bleach is a highly corrosive chemical that will degrade the structural integrity of your tiles; therefore, it's best to avoid using it in the bathroom.

One of the safest and arguably most effective solutions for eliminating soap scum in the bathroom is to use filtered white apple cider vinegar. You can purchase a bottle of this stuff from most grocery stores for a couple bucks. Simply dilute the vinegar with water (50/50 ratio works well), spray it on the affected areas, and scrub it off using an old washcloth or scrub brush.

If the soap scum is really caked on your bathroom tile, you may want to create a paste using vinegar and baking soda. Remember the old volcanoes you used to make back in high school using these two ingredients? Well, the same principle applies here, only on a smaller scale. Pour some baking soda and white vinegar into a small bowl and stir it with a utensil. You may have to play around with the radio, but your goal is to create a paste-like consistency that can be applied to your bathroom tile.

After creating your baking soda + vinegar concoction, apply it to the problematic areas in your bathroom where soap scum is present. This may include the tile, vanity, grout, shower head, and fixtures. Next, use an old toothbrush to scrub the mixture off. When you are finished rinse any remaining baking soda paste off with fresh water.

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