"Apply and Rinse" Shower Tile Cleaners


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"Apply and Rinse" Shower Tile Cleaners

The tile in my shower accumulates a buildup of who-knows-what. I have tried several "spray 'n' wipe", "wipe 'n' rinse, "scrub-free", "CLR", etc. products and none of them do what they claim to do. In every case, elbow grease is required.

And so my question: Is there a product that one can apply to ceramic tile without scrubbing and that will remove the water deposits by simply rinsing? If so, what seems to do the best job?
 
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Old 03-15-10, 09:00 AM
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I have had good luck with scrub free. Of course the more often you use it, the less grime needs to be cleared and the easier it is. It does take a little "elbow grease", but that is normal whether you are cleaning the shower or your car. Anything magical enough to do it by itself would probably damage the surfaces and be hazardous to your health.
 
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I like the scrubbing bubbles automatic cleaner

It takes a while by itself, gets the shower clean faster if you apply a little elbow grease here and there
 
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All above have some good thoughts on this..you have to get it clean to expect it to be easier with time.
 
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All above have some good thoughts on this..you have to get it clean to expect it to be easier with time.

Unfortunately you are absolutly correct.

Guess I'll apply the elbow grease and once the tile is clean, squeegee it after each shower.

Once again the War Dept. is right.
 
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They make hand held pads at janitoral supply stores..that hold 6 inch pads..or even brushes.. You could try one of those
 
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I have never tried this - but I wonder what something like RainX would do, when applied after the tiles were initially cleaned good. ??? With using any pore-sealing/slippery product, you'd want to directly apply to a rag, and not the tiles, lest it get on the tub and you slip!!!
 
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Old 03-30-10, 10:35 AM
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I like the scrubbing bubbles automatic cleaner

It takes a while by itself, gets the shower clean faster if you apply a little elbow grease here and there
I'm on my 5th Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner unit. They seem to last a couple months then quit working. The batteries check out OK and the contacts look clean. Sometimes fresh batteries will get them going a few more months (even though the "old" batteries checked out OK"). I complained once to SC Johnson & Sons who sell these, and they said to use a light film of vaseline on the battery contacts.

I'm convinced there is NO substitute for using some elbow grease in keeping a shower clean. Someone on here some time ago suggested using a certain variety of oven cleaner, which I'm going to try next time. But with the hard water I have, the usual "easy" solutions just don't work well.
 
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Old 03-30-10, 04:52 PM
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Just don't use anything too caustic or acidic that can etch the ceramic. Or you'll really be using elbow grease to remove residue. And to no avail.
Ever see an old tub with a big stained dull spot. Bleach or something "that'll really get it clean and fresh" was repeatedly used, and maybe not rinsed away thoroughly.
 
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Old 03-30-10, 09:15 PM
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the oven cleaner trick was suggested on here and i hear it works wonders..

ventalate well and wear some form of hands and eye protection
 
 

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