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How do you squegee a shower and bathtub?

Asked by 2davidc8 (4159 points ) November 26th, 2011

I’ve noticed that stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond and Target sell squegees that I assume are for keeping your showers and bathtubs clean. This sounds like a dumb question, but do these things really work? If so, what is the most effective way to use them? Are they really worth the extra effort for keeping your showers clean longer? I don’t mind cleaning the soap scum; that’s easy enough. It’s the buildup of hard mineral deposits that I hate, and I would appreciate anything that would slow down this process.

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harple's avatar

The squeegees are to get rid of the drops of water that remain after a shower, which tend to dry where they are leaving residue that builds up over time. A 10 second routine of using the squeegee in a downward motion from top to bottom, will slow down the residue build up from water droplets. (It’s the same process as window cleaning…)

filmfann's avatar

Also, my contractor/brother in law said that using a squeegee will also slow down water damage to the wall behind the tiles.

snowberry's avatar

Regardless whether you have tile or glass, it’s a good idea to wipe everything down after you use the squeegee. This is because the squeegee doesn’t reach the corners and low spots. The drier it is, the less build up you get.

2davidc8's avatar

Thank you, @snowberry @filmfann @harple for your replies. Does anyone know of a tool that helps you get the corners and the ends of the shower door tracks?

snowberry's avatar

@2davidc8 That depends on how anal you are. I’d get really tired of this routine. Anyway, a rag wrapped around a screw driver should do the trick. Rinse your rag out in clean water and again in vinegar water between uses to prevent it from stinking.

JLeslie's avatar

We use one after we shower on the glass. It helps to avoid hard water spotting. I do it very imperfectly, a few swipes. I think it also helps get the water down the drain, rather than evaporating into the bathroom where it is already too damp too often.

2davidc8's avatar

@snowberry Me, too. I’d get really tired of the routine if I had to do the squeegee and the rag-around-the-screwdriver every time. I’m just thinking of coming up with a method that will let me get away with cleaning the corners and nooks and shower door tracks just once a month or every other month or so. Come to think of it, the hard mineral deposits are mostly calcium carbonate, no? If so, then maybe something acidic might get rid of them, like vinegar or Coke. I like your vinegar idea, but I’ll try it during the cleaning.
@JLeslie Yes, I suppose it would cut down on the moisture and dampness; that’s a bonus. I hadn’t thought of that. Thank you.

snowberry's avatar

If you use vinegar, use it straight, wipe it down, and you’re done. Don’t use it on anything that can corrode, because it likely will do so. A side effect is that vinegar will prevent mold/mildew growth. I don’t know about Coke, but if you use that, it might build up after time, or possibly corrode whatever you’re using it on. Coke has been used to clean car engines. It’s pretty caustic. And use sugar free for sure, unless you like ants..

robmandu's avatar

I don’t understand the comment that squeegees cannot reach into corners. Mine does. And by the look of most of these, they should, too.

Start at the top of your shower enclosure and force the water down. Then, when you reach the floor, move the water to the drain. It doesn’t have to be perfect… but you’ll easily get 80–90% of the water and have less soap scum buildup.

Also, when you do need to clean scum and residue off of the glass later, I recommend trying a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser… no chemicals required!

2davidc8's avatar

@snowberry Thank you for your advice. Yes, whether vinegar or Coke, I will either rinse it off, or wipe with a damp cloth.
@robmandu I’ve used Magic Eraser on other types of walls (i.e., non-shower), and it works great. Never thought of using it on shower glass, however. Thanks for the suggestion.

filmfann's avatar

For the corners, you could just use a towel.

2davidc8's avatar

@filmfann Actually, why not just use a towel for everything? I think it would be faster and easier to use than a squeegee. Why didn’t I think of that before? Thanks for the suggestion!

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