Step by step guide to cleaning a shower head, tiles, and grout

Nobody likes a dirty shower - and that’s particularly true of prospective tenants looking round your property. Follow these step-by-step tips for cleaning a shower head, tiles, and grouts to get your bathroom sparkling like new.

And if you want to give the rest of your property a proper sprucing up, we’ve got a whole series of DIY cleaning videos specifically for landlords.

Clean your shower head and tiles for a good first impression

A clean shower area is crucial if you want to attract the right tenants. Sadly, though, showers and other areas of the bathroom can quickly get dirty, and some tenants don’t take the necessary care of them. So between tenancies, a deep clean is in order.

Along with professional cleaner Harriet, owner of Calm Oasis Cleaners and a Simply Business customer, we’ve made a simple video guiding you through the steps required to make your bathroom sparkle. Watch the video here, and follow the steps below.

Tools for cleaning a shower head, tiles, and grouting

  • A liquid gel limescale remover for chrome surfaces like the showerhead. Make sure to use a gel cleaner as it sticks better to the chrome and is less likely to get on the grouting (which it might stain)
  • A cloth to wipe the limescale remover over surfaces
  • Multi-surface bathroom cleaner to lift grime from tiles and grouting
  • A toothbrush or other small, soft brush to clean the hard-to-reach the places your standard cloth may not get to
  • Distilled vinegar mixed with water to bring your chrome surfaces to a high shine

How to clean a shower head and tiles

Cleaning your shower head, tiles, and grouting might be slightly time-consuming, but it’s relatively straightforward as long as you follow the right steps.

  1. Dab the liquid gel limescale remover onto the shower head, along with any other chrome surfaces you need to clean
  2. Leave the shower head for a few minutes to let the gel work its magic
  3. Meanwhile, spray the tiles with a regular multi-surface cleaner. If you have marble or stone tiles you’ll need a specialist cleaning fluid
  4. Use the cloth to wipe the cleaning fluid from the tiles
  5. If you need to reach areas like corners that are hard to access, try using a toothbrush - never use scourers that could scratch the surfaces
  6. Then go back to your shower head and wipe away the limescale gel
  7. Take your distilled vinegar and mix it with equal parts water. Wipe it over your shower head to make it sparkle

How to clean bathroom grouting

Cleaning the grouting in your bathroom can be a fiddly job, so it helps to have the right tools. You might choose to invest in a specialist grout brush, but if you can’t find one make sure you grab a dedicated toothbrush instead. Then, follow these simple steps.

  1. Take the vinegar and water mix from the previous section and spray the area you need to clean. Let it sit for five minutes
  2. Take your toothbrush or grout brush and scrub the grouting in question
  3. Next, make up a mixture of baking soda and water
  4. Dip your brush into the mixture, then scrub it into the grouting. It should bubble, removing the stains
  5. Rinse the grouting and tiles thoroughly with warm water
  6. For particularly stubborn stains you may need to repeat the process

Get your whole bathroom ready for new tenants

Looking to tackle the rest of the bathroom and the other rooms in your rental property? Keep an eye out for more DIY cleaning videos coming soon.

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