It’s fair to say that the only reason you step into the shower is to get yourself clean, but unfortunately the surfaces in your shower might not be as fresh as you would like. Things like dirt, dust, hard water spots, mildew, soap scum, and more can start to build up in your shower over time, so it's essential that you can include this area in your regular cleaning routine. Thankfully, maintaining your PVC shower panels doesn’t need to be difficult. PVC panels are waterproof and stain resistant, and if you can take the time to look after them properly, you will be able to prolong their lifespan and ensure they stay looking as good as new! Here at Floors To Walls we want you to be able to maintain the most beautiful bathroom, so follow the steps in this guide to maintain the PVC shower panels that you purchase from our wide stock of excellent options.
What are PVC shower panels, and why are they a good choice?
Shower panels are an important aspect of your bathroom, so you need to ensure that you can make the right choice when it comes to materials. The most popular material for shower panels in today’s modern world is PVC, as they boast a number of benefits and advantages that can put them head and shoulders above the rest. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC for short) is a super strength thermoplastic material that is widely used in a number of applications including bathrooms. It’s fair to say that the cost of PVC shower panels is one of their biggest selling points, as they are certainly more affordable than tiles. Tiles require more labour, and more labour means that you can expect to pay much more to get them installed. PVC shower panels are also extremely durable and can stand the test of time, so you can maintain faith that your bathroom renovation results will stay as pristine as can be for years to come. You can also find PVC shower panels in a variety of different styles, so you can find the right option for your unique design preferences.
How can I clean my PVC shower panels, and why is it so important?
It has to be said that making an effort to keep your bathroom (and any other high traffic areas in your home) as clean as can be to prevent the spread of risky issues like bacteria and germs. If you fail to clean your shower on a regular basis, then you run the risk of allowing mould to build up on your PVC shower panels which can lead to a world of issues. Mould can cause respiratory issues and may even trigger eye infections. To add to this, mould and other bacteria festering in your shower may further aggravate any open wounds you or your family may have, so it’s vital that you can take the opportunity to clean your PVC shower panels along with the rest of your shower on a regular basis to minimise the associated risks.
Fortunately, learning how to clean your PVC shower panels in the most effective way doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might imagine. You don’t need abrasives to clean anything made from PVC as this can be too harsh and overpowering. Follow the steps below to clean your PVC shower panels so that you can minimise bacteria and grime without causing any damage to your bathroom!
- Start by grabbing a non-abrasive cloth or similar gentle sponge, along with a bucket or bowl of warm soapy water (you can use washing up liquid for this step!)
- Build up a good lather with the warm soapy water, and spread this larger all over your PVC shower panels using your aforementioned cloth or sponge
- Leave this warm soapy water to soak into your PVC shower panels, making sure to gently scrub any visible marks or stains. Leave this lather on your shower panels for for 2-5 minutes for best results
- While the soapy water is working it’s magic, refill your bucket or bowl with a fresh batch of clean warm water and thoroughly rinse your cloth until it’s free from excess soap residue
- When the 2-5 minutes is up, grab your cloth or sponge and give your PVC shower panels a thorough scrubbing in circular motions, and then rinse the panels down with warm water from your shower head
- Lastly, wipe your PVC shower panels dry with a microfibre cloth so that you do not risk leaving any smears or watermarks.
Don’t forget to put your cleaning cloth or sponge into the washing machine on a 60C wash if you want to use it again, as this high temperature water can help to kill any bacteria while washing away excess residue. Following these steps is the most effective way to clean your PVC shower panels, so get rid of any intense bleach sprays or bathroom chemicals that would be too harsh for your shower.
How often should I clean my PVC shower panels?
The frequency that you clean your PVC shower panels will heavily depend on how often your bathroom is used, as well as how many people use the room regularly. To expand on this, someone who lives alone and works away from home regularly would likely have to clean their bathroom a lot less than a family of 4 with kids, so this should be something that you bear in mind. Nonetheless, it’s recommended that your shower is cleaned at least once a week, potentially more for those in a busy household. If your shower gets used daily, then it’s always a good idea to get into the habit of wiping the panels after each use with a microfibre cloth. Any water left on your PVC shower panels can lead to watermarks and a buildup of mould over time, so it’s best to stay on top of it.
Ready to upgrade your bathroom with PVC shower panels? Then get in touch with a member of our team today to find out more.