Looking for a cleaner for an old shower enclosure that lost its seal ?


I have an older shower enclosure that lost its glaze, so the grime is inbedded. The stall still works great, but needs a good cleaning and or glazing? I have tried lots of products and nothing has worked to get the embedded dirt out

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Sep 21, 2021

    Hi Debra, is it smooth? Could you carefully scrape it with a razer blade plus a product such as CLR?

  • Try a mixture of vinegar and Dawn Dish soap. Put it in a spray bottle (50/50) and spray it on the shower. Leave it to do the work then scrub with a plastic scrubber. It works great on soap scum and hard water stains.

  • Em Em on Sep 21, 2021

    Awesome spray cleaner from the Dollar Store. Use it full strength. Spray a small area, let sit for 30 seconds to 1 minute, use a tooth brush if yours is as bad as you say and you should be able to watch the grime disappear,.

  • William William on Sep 21, 2021

    All else fails use Easy Off No Fume Oven Cleaner in the BLUE can. Works on enamel, porcelain, and fiberglass. Spray it on, let it liquefy, rinse well. Open windows

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 21, 2021

    Wet & forget shower will take it out over a bit of time. I had one similar. I have to use it weekly to keep it clean now.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Sep 21, 2021

    try Mr Clean Magic Erasers or Mighty Boss cleaner it is awesome

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 21, 2021

    Agree with William Easy Off in the blue can. The stuff is amazing. But use your exhaust fan and close the door to keep the fumes in that room.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 21, 2021

    I use a 32 oz empty water bottle with 5-6 oz blue dawn and fill with vinegar.Mix it up. Punch holes in the cap of the bottle and spray it all over the the tub/shower, let it set for at least 15 min. Then use a broom from the dollar store to scrub it down, rinse well. Keep the broom dedicated for this purpose.

  • Dee Dee on Sep 21, 2021

    This will clean your entire bathroom. Just do not use it on Marble or Granite. It is safe for any other stone or plastic.

    Heat up 1 cup of white vinegar, mix in about 1/4 cup of Dawn Premium. Not the dollar store kind, because it is too thin. When mixed, pour into a spray bottle and fill with water. Shake. Spray down the grout and let it sit overnight. In the morning rinse. If you have stubborn stains, spray again. Use this mixture a few times a week. It will keep your grout and tiles clean. Also works wonders in the toilet bowl to keep hard water stains at bay. Oh you only have to heat the vinegar one time when you add the Dawn.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 21, 2021

    Hello, Over tile the shower for a fresh look or use waterproof tile paint.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 21, 2021

    Hello. The following links discussion to help you decide on the perfect cleaner for you use with your shower discoloration problems.


  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 22, 2021

    I use Dollar Tree Awesome Orange in the half gallon, pour it onto the walls and let sit 10-15 mins then use a brush and more cleaner if needed. If the floor is textured and has ground in dirt with oily soap residue, use Easy Off Fume-Free Oven Cleaner and a white eraser sponge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRovk066kXQ

    To put the shine back on you can either use auto carnuba wax or get some Gel Gloss finish to restore the shine. Be careful putting and buffing wax on shower floor, I would add a non-slip bath mat to prevent falls.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 22, 2021

    Get a box of Borax powder that on a wet sponge will clean it shinny

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Sep 23, 2021

    Have you tried Pink Stuff? It is a paste that works like Mr. Clean magic erasers. I've had a lot of luck with it.

  • Annie Annie on Sep 25, 2021

    An unusual fix might be Pert shampoo. I only say that because once I had a bottle leaking on the shower shelf. And it totally cleaned every place it had dripped. When I saw how it pretty much stripped away the grime where it had touched, I never used it again on my hair! But, give it a try, it's strong and caustic enough it might work!

  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 26, 2021

    I clean lots of clients old grimey showers, and my two go to products are either ammonia, or Dollar Tree Awesome Orange in the half gallon. Use a brush to scrub.

    Then if that doesn't work I would go to the Easy Off Fume-Free Oven Cleaner in the blue can and a white eraser sponge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5-OwoC6R0U

    • Sharon Sharon on Sep 26, 2021

      Ophs sorry to add a shine back on, you can either use Gel Gloss finish, or get auto carnuba wax and buff with a auto mitt or soft cloth. Be careful putting this on the bottom of the shower without putting down a shower mat to prevent falls.

  • You could try a 50/50 mix of vinegar and dish soap, warm up the vinegar in the microwave first. Put it in a spray bottle, spray, let it sit a bit, then with a light scrubber, give it a cleaning.