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Removing soap scum

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by darius8, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. I'm trying to remove some (really a lot) soap scum from the shower doors and walls. I see a lot of products out there that claims to remove soap scum but I'm not convinced. So far I've narrowed it down to a few items:

    1. vinegar, corn starch, and dish soap.

    2. Bar Keepers friend

    3. Lime-a-way

    Anyone used these or got a better solution? Thanks
  2. MostlyBass


    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    BarKeepers Friend is amazing! Highly recommended.

    I also use a small steam cleaner which works well too but not as well.
  3. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
  4. Yeah, I'm gonna try the vinegar first. If that fails I'll get me some Bar Keepers Friend.
  5. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Hahaha , domesticated males , it, is ,to , laugh.

    Get comet , get comet wet , get surface covered , let sit , rub clean .

    Have a cookie.
  6. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Vim, a scotch pad and a bit of elbow grease.
  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I use the Shark Steam Mop. No chemicals, just blazing hot water that evaporates into some magical substance the dissolves the buildup.

    *Edit* I do this fairly regularly in our shower, so it is easy. If you have years of built up soap scum, you may need to involve some corrosive chemicals.

  8. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Don't use soap. Use a detergent bar or liquid.
  9. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Yer hired! BUT, you have to hose off outside afterwards, you filthy bloke. ;)
  10. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    I've found that nothing removes soap scum without some elbow grease involved.
  11. Mysterion


    Jan 10, 2012
    Washing soda, also called soda ash. Works better than anything I've tried, and I have very hard water. Wear gloves, it's hard on the hands. (I never do...You've been warned.)
  12. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    Soda ash will also eat through floors. I had to replace one for a tiedye company that used it.
  13. Mysterion


    Jan 10, 2012
    What the heck did they do with it?

    [EDIT] I guess I should have elaborated: I only use washing soda for heavy-duty cleaning, and only when it can be rinsed completely. Otherwise, vinegar or Simple Green for maintenance.
  14. Zep tub & tile cleaner. You can find it at just about any home depot. Zud also works, if you can find it. There is also the option of lemon juice and salt, but doesn't work well on really thick deposits, it's just a maintenance cleaning option.

    Word of advice about the ZEP.... make sure you have an epic amount of ventilation, your respiratory system will be going ballistic the entire time you're around it.
  15. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Vinegar kinda sorta works for lime scale, but requires lengthy soaking and even then it may require several soaks before it loosens up the scale.

    If it's really bad, you may want to (stiff bristle) brush it first.
  16. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Detergent for electric dishwashers is mainly soda ash.
  17. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI
    Every shirt gets dunked in a vat of it by human arm in thick rubber arm-length glove, wrung out, spun onto a plastic picnic dinner plate and artfully squirted with dye from condiment bottles. All in one small room.
    lots of splashes from pulling shirts out of the vat.
  18. sandmangeck


    Jul 2, 2007
    My wife does a pretty good job...
  19. Lots of good ideas posted. I ended up using a Brillo pad that some detergent in the pad itself. It wasn't easy but it got the job done. Thanks guys!