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NASTY shower (by Pat [VA]) Jan 12, 2018 5:01 PM
       NASTY shower (by AllyM [NJ]) Jan 12, 2018 5:38 PM
       NASTY shower (by razorback_tim [AR]) Jan 12, 2018 6:27 PM
       NASTY shower (by DJ [VA]) Jan 12, 2018 7:22 PM
       NASTY shower (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 12, 2018 9:27 PM
       NASTY shower (by Tom [FL]) Jan 12, 2018 9:49 PM
       NASTY shower (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 13, 2018 1:32 AM
       NASTY shower (by Sparky [PA]) Jan 13, 2018 2:59 AM
       NASTY shower (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Jan 13, 2018 3:30 AM
       NASTY shower (by plenty [MO]) Jan 13, 2018 4:36 AM
       NASTY shower (by LindaJ [NY]) Jan 13, 2018 7:26 AM
       NASTY shower (by moby [IN]) Jan 13, 2018 8:01 AM
       NASTY shower (by Pat [VA]) Jan 13, 2018 8:02 AM
       NASTY shower (by gevans [SC]) Jan 13, 2018 8:13 AM
       NASTY shower (by plenty [MO]) Jan 13, 2018 10:53 AM
       NASTY shower (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 13, 2018 5:00 PM
       NASTY shower (by A.R. [ID]) Jan 14, 2018 7:57 AM
       NASTY shower (by Don [PA]) Jan 14, 2018 3:03 PM
       NASTY shower (by mike [CA]) Jan 15, 2018 6:57 PM
       NASTY shower (by mike [CA]) Jan 15, 2018 7:00 PM
       NASTY shower (by Sisco [MO]) Jan 15, 2018 7:11 PM
       NASTY shower (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 16, 2018 12:54 AM

NASTY shower (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 5:01 PM

We are still working on a 20 yr old repo doublewide that I'd be willing to bet my life the shower was never cleaned. we have replaced so much of this house already I was trying to save 500. by cleaning/using the present shower with door. Two reasons, money & the Lowes replacement shower plus labor & I still have one with a shower curtain instead of door. That means more likely to have a water damaged floor in future.

We used my new Clorox motorized spin cleaner, comet, sos soap pad, Mr. Clean eraser, and it still looks like crap. It is an almond, dirty looking yellow color at best, but the built up soap scum is beyond anything I've ever seen.....


NASTY shower (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 5:38 PM

soap is greasy and in fact is made of grease. Have you tried the degreaser TSP? And I do hope you are wearing a mask and goggles.

NASTY shower (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 6:27 PM

We use bar keepers friend on fiberglass showers.

NASTY shower (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 7:22 PM

Replace it already - sounds like you have spent at least $500 worth of effort on it already.

NASTY shower (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 9:27 PM


Soap scum washes off easily when wet. It's just soap.

I'll assume that all the VA limestone gives you very hard water so I suggest you need to remove the hard water film with vinegar or LimeAway.

In Indiana the hard water film (calcium) holds the soap scum.

Not for casual LLs: My guys have been known to use muriatic acid BUT realize it is DANGEROUS!! It WILL burn your skin or cause blindness. Fully enclosed goggles, long rubber gloves, and tons of fresh air from a fan. They water is down and spray it on quickly, and leave the room with the window open and the door closed.


NASTY shower (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 9:49 PM

Mix in a spray bottle white vinegar and dawn dish washing soap. Blue Dawn should be the better grade of Blue Dawn. Do a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and dawn in the spray bottle. Spray it and let it sit for awhile. Then use a scrubbing pad. Take your time it will get clean.


NASTY shower (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 1:32 AM

I have three of these, pressure washer spinners with vacuum attachments. I can send chemicals and warm/hot water at pressures between 300 to 3000 psi AND vacuum the water in the Spinner Head before it splashes all over the place. This device along with my pressure washer and large wet/dry vacuum cleans up the tile, grout and dirt.

I can use it on walls, floors and even ceilings. Before I sold my last house the three bathroom were so dirty that my realtor said I needed to replace the tiles around the tubs and shower. I remodeled these three bathroom around 5 years ago and wasn't going to let tenants destroy my potential profits. In a 4 to 5 hour period I was able to clean two bathtub wall times and one large shower wall tiles and floor with excellent results. --47.156.xx.xx

NASTY shower (by Sparky [PA]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 2:59 AM

You might want to Google using Easy Off Blue oven cleaner to clean showers.

NASTY shower (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 3:30 AM

cal the gal that does it for a living

NASTY shower (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 4:36 AM

I would like to believe it can be removed. And that this layer has somehow protected the beautiful shower it was new. Get mad at it! Really mad. I've used fine sandpaper, wet it. Also those stones ladies use in their feet, pimice stones...lightly. Only on areas where the scum is you want to remove. Cleaned one that way, took six hours but it was beautiful! Gotta get mad at it!

NASTY shower (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 7:26 AM

If you have harder water, the combination of soap scum and minerals is pretty tough to remove. One of local blogs tried a few things to clean their shower doors. The winner Bar Keepers Friend - cook top. Took off the soap scum and mineral deposits.

The first thing I try is Krud Kutter, straight up, sprayed on. It works on so many things. Krud Kutter now comes in different formulas, specialized to what you want to clean. Kaboom is also an excellent shower cleaner. And The Works from the dollar store. Squirt that on and you can see it cut through the minerals as it drips down. I usually clean with a dollar store scrubby. It is rough enough to break into the crud, but not enough to scratch. Be careful not to scratch, even the very fine scratches will make a place for the next build up. --96.236.xx.xx

NASTY shower (by moby [IN]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 8:01 AM

The spin scrubber is similar to the method I used and was made fun of in this forum.

An angle drill and scotchbrite roloc disc. If need be polish the porcelain with a head lite refinishing kit.

I have since heard that muratic acid is quick and easy but man it tears up the lungs.

NASTY shower (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 8:02 AM

Haven't given up yet. Biggest mistake trying to do it before we get water on to it. Plumbing overhaul coming this week. I was taking big jugs of water & pouring cups of it to rinse. Just not enough. It's better but so many layers I guess. Thanks for suggestions.

NASTY shower (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 8:13 AM

Most MHs have plastic, not fiberglass tubs and surrounds. They really do permanently stain. But they are cheap and easy to replace. I can replace the tub and the surround for about $250, so not work spending days cleaning to make it look slightly better.

Or you could upgrade to fiberglass for about twice that money. Still a 3 hour job.


NASTY shower (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 10:53 AM

I have two mobile homes. Sometimes i find the parts to fix or replace cheaper at the mobile home store. Worth a call, habe yoyr measurements ready.

NASTY shower (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 5:00 PM

Awesome is awesome for that type of work

NASTY shower (by A.R. [ID]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2018 7:57 AM

I just dealt with this. Keep cleaning- it takes multiple rounds of cleaning to get it looking right. I think we cleaned our rental shower at least 6 times. The tenant lived there for 17 years and never cleaned the shower- so gross. We used vinegar, Crud Cutter, Dawn, Comet and a dull razor blade very carefully- looks good now. Just remember that your shower did not get dirty in just one day and so it will take multiple tactics and efforts to achieve success. Tip - spray the white vinegar leave it overnight to just start to loosen the scum- that’s just a pass at though so keep cleaning.

NASTY shower (by Don [PA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2018 3:03 PM

I cleaned a surround with soap scum so thick if you scraped your fingernail along it it curled off of the surface. I used multiple applications of Scrubbing Bubbles. Straight up rubbing alcohol also works. Another possibility is using a towel and a steamer. The one from Harbor Freight works for me. Bar keepers friend is highly abrasive. Once you use it, the surface will be rough and porous and harder to clean than ever.

NASTY shower (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2018 6:57 PM

try straight shampoo. whatever is cheap. shower grime is mostly body oils...for fun write your name in a drizzle of shampoo and let it sit over it leaves a tattoo of claen in you name

NASTY shower (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2018 7:00 PM

Robert[CA] can you be more specific on the tool you cited?

NASTY shower (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2018 7:11 PM

Likely an abs tub. You should replace it as they discolor with time, get brittle, crack and leak. Menards sells 54” steel tub for $159.

NASTY shower (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2018 12:54 AM

Mike (CA) Here is one type of hand spinner hooked up to a Warm Water Pressure Washer and it had a vacuum port with hose you connect to a large shop wet vacuum.

MYTEE 8908 Counter Style Spinner Tile & Grout Cleaning Tool

I have two hand spinners WITH Vacuum Ports and one walk along model. I use them to clean tile, counter tops, back splash, showers, tubs, flooring (mexican tile, ceramic tile) and vinyl flooring. Also on outside surfaces. Like stucco, wood siding (remove lead paint with high pressure 1200 psi water and collect the lead chips with my HEPA wet vacuum. --47.156.xx.xx

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