The Unexpected Way You Should Be Using Your Laundry Steamer In The Bathroom

Laundry steamers are useful tools to help keep your clothes from wrinkling, but it turns out these machines are rather versatile and can be just as useful in your bathroom. For those with glass shower doors, your laundry steamer could help to clean the doors, get rid of soap scum, and leave them free of streaks or hard water stains. With just a steamer and a microfiber cloth or squeegee, your glass shower doors will shine like diamonds.

If you have a steam mop or another type of steaming machine that has attachments, you can clean your shower door and squeegee or wipe it at the same time. Additionally, steam can also be used to clean the tiles in your shower, the grout, and the track the door sits in. Not only will you be able to tackle your grimy shower doors, but your laundry steamer should help clean your entire shower and bathtub in no time.

Laundry steamers are great for cleaning shower doors

Because laundry steamers and other steaming machines often reach temperatures over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, they are able to sanitize surfaces and kill viruses and bacteria. According to a 2019 study in GMS Hygiene and Infection Control that tested cleaning methods for rooms in hospital intensive care units, steam cleaning is effective in killing MRSA bacteria and other dangerous pathogens. The results of the study state that steam cleaning was very effective on areas that were extremely contaminated and was capable of cleaning without harming the surfaces it was used on.

This makes laundry steamers a great choice for cleaning glass shower doors, as well as disinfecting your entire shower or bath without hurting it. With this method, you can avoid using harsh chemicals and clean your shower naturally. The study also mentions that the steam could get into areas that were difficult to access. This is why getting the gunk out of the track for your shower doors is much easier with a steamer.

How to clean your shower with a laundry steamer

First, fill your laundry steamer with distilled water. If you use tap water, you could end up with more hard water stains. As your steamer preheats, quickly clean your shower and the doors like you normally would. This will ensure that the steam is working to eliminate grime and soap scum that are difficult to scrub off. Once the steamer has heated up, slowly run it over your shower doors, making sure to get into any cracks or crevices where dirt could be hiding. Squeegee your glass doors when you're finished or wipe them down with a clean, dry cloth.

This same method can be used on the track for your door, as well as the tile and grout inside your shower. When cleaning tile, position the steamer 8 to 10 inches away from the surface, rather than right up against it. This will help to keep the tiles from becoming too wet from the steam. When you're finished, be sure to dry every surface to prevent any moisture from getting trapped.