Removing Soap Scum & Orange Stains in Shower SurroundsJul 19, 2022
Orange stains in shower areas can have many causes. Here are a few of the most common culprits, plus tips on removing soap scum – and the best way to get an easy clean shower permanently.
From the type of shampoo and shower products your family uses to the hardness of your water, orange stains in shower areas are a common occurrence. The more you know about what causes them, the easier it will be to keep the stains from cropping up. In most cases, the issue comes down to regular shower cleaning, but what you use for each issue may differ.
What Are the Orange Stains in My Shower?
Soap scum is commonly a whitish color, but can also appear as an orange, yellow, or gray film in your shower area. This waxy film will continue to build up over time, and can harbor mold and mildew, so removing soap scum regularly will make it easier to manage and prevent additional issues.
Water hardness is based on concentrations of calcium and magnesium in your local water supply, which varies heavily by region. Improveit’s Central Ohio customers, for instance, have some of the hardest water in the country, while the water is softer for customers in southern Ohio and most of Kentucky. Over time, these excess minerals can stain the finishes of your tub and shower with an orange tint.
Iron in the Water
Often found in areas that use well water, excess iron your shower water can come from naturally occurring iron deep in the ground. As these iron particles are pulled to the surface and exposed to oxygen, they turn a rusty red that can stain your bathroom fixtures.
Though not technically a “mold,” a common strain of airborne bacteria called Serratia marcescens can cause pink or red substance to form on your bathroom fixtures under the right conditions. The bacteria itself is often found in both water and dirt, so it’s no surprise that pink mold develops where family members bathe. The bacteria produces a pink pigment when fatty particles and wet conditions combine, such as in areas around the bathtub where soaps and shampoo particles collect. Though common, untreated Serratia marcescens can cause health concerns ranging from infections to respiratory illness, to gastrointestinal ailments.
Easy Clean Options for Removing Soap Scum & Orange Stains in Shower Areas
As mentioned, regular cleaning will help deter orange stains from building up in your bath and shower, but using the right combination of cleaning products can help remove existing stains.
In addition to mild cleaners like Formula 409, many household ingredients are useful for cleaning these stains. A 1-to-1 ratio of water to white vinegar can help remove all of the stains mentioned above. For tough stains, or when scrubbing stained grout, try using a paste made from equal parts salt, baking soda, and vinegar.
Heavier stains or harsh conditions may call for stronger chemicals including bleach or ammonia, or readily available cleaning solutions like CLR.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE OF CAUTION:
NEVER combine bleach and ammonia, as the solutions create a toxic gas called chloramine that can cause dangerous respiratory damage. Additionally, be sure to read all manufacturer instructions when using any of the cleaning options above. Abrasive cleaners, including baking soda, can wear down shower finishes and may void your warranty. You can find a full list of approved and unapproved acrylic cleaning solutions here.
The Best Way to Get an Easy Clean Shower – Permanently
If you’re tired of removing soap scum with lots of scrubbing and elbow grease, or the orange shower stains no longer come clean, it’s probably time for a bathroom update.
Acrylic shower walls are the best way to get an easy clean shower permanently.
Unlike porous tile and grout that harbor mold, mildew, bacteria, and minerals that stain your shower, Improveit’s acrylic shower walls and tub surrounds are impermeable and feature special protective layers to prevent pesky orange stains.
With smooth, non-porous surfaces, acrylic makes the ultimate easy clean shower material! No matter the color or pattern you choose, Improveit’s acrylic shower walls wipe clean with soap and water (or anything else on our list of approved cleaners.)
Call us today to learn more about the benefits of acrylic over tile and grout, and then get the freedom from scrubbing that thousands of other Improveit customers already enjoy! We can’t wait to give you the easy clean shower of your dreams!